Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Comics

Hey everyone!


It is time to acknowledge the metaphorical pink elephant in the room. I have to apologize for the delay in drawing my comics. Photoshop has been a little wonky on my new computer, which is pissing me off to be honest. If you would still like me to draw comics (I'm pretty sure this is the case as a lot of my page views direct towards the "Study Tipz" comic), and if you don't mind the comics being pen/pencil drawn for now, then just click on the "Like" button below.


Merci!


P.S. Do you like my new website layout? I DO!

Monday, 19 September 2011

The seven things I hate about being a premed

Disclaimer: Blog readers, I think you can tell from my website that I'm a pretty happy and upbeat person. But, today is not the day for me to be shooting rainbows out my rear like a nyan cat. Today I am doing the unthinkable. I am entering rant-mode a la Miley Cyrus with the seven things I hate about being a premed. Hopefully, this post will be a tad more bearable than Cyrus' singing.



  1. Seeing my own health decline as I study health.
    You know this is true. If I were to input simple variables such as waist circumference, BMI, sanity, and health courses taken as a premed and if I were to plot them as a function of time, I would get a plot resembling the above graph.
  2.  Coffee is no longer a foe but a friend. 
    Well, not really a friend. More like the type of person you really don't want to spend time with because they nag you, or are clingy and needy. And you really wish they would go away, but they go to the same places you go to and hang out with your friends. So, you figure, why not?
  3. I'm not the smart kid any more. 
    In high school, I had the third highest average of all the kids in my grade. In university, every person in my class was the cream of the crop at their high school. Result of this? It's like Darwinian influenced premed insanity.
  4. Premed lingo.
    So, you're talking about how stressed out you are about VR and PS, and your friends are looking at you like you're swearing at them in robot language. And it's all because of premed lingo! And, due to a fair amount of stress, I must add. It is definitely a possible day ruin-er. For those of you who don't know the ins and outs of premed lingo, click here.
  5. Lack of a summer due to studying for the MCAT.
    So, April comes around and you are psyched for summer! You put in all of the hard work and effort to do well, and do well you did. And what is your reward? MCAT! The test that can make or break a premed (in more ways than one). To read about the experience I had writing the MCAT, click here. It will probably scare you, though.
  6. "So, are you in medical school? No? Not yet?"
    Yes, I am alluding to questions from outsiders. Specifically, those that either:
    a) know little about the application process
    OR
    b) are your 'competition'
    With (a), these are typically well meaning people and the question is simply a bit irksome. With (b), the question can be thrown at you in an evil, maniacal way. And it is definitely something that can bother a premed to hear, though the trick is to brush it off your shoulder if possible.
  7. Oh, the uncertainty!
    Will I get in? Won't I get in? WHO KNOWS?!

    So, there is my rant of the day! And I am planning on entitling my next post as, "The seven things I like about being a premed." Look out for rainbows and nyan sounds :)

Organic Chemistry - Would you like study tips?

Are any of my readers taking organic chemistry and would like some study tips that I can share with you? I have had several upper level organic chemistry credits and have been student assistant for organic chemistry for around 2.5 years, so I am contemplating doing a write up for you all on some effective ochem study tips.

If there isn't a large ochem reader base, though, maybe I'll ask this question again next semester.
Please comment below answering the question, "Would you like ochem study tips?"
Please state a simple "Yes" or "No."

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Poll results are IN!

It's so lovely to see that the majority of my audience is addicted to feeding my fish.






Feeding fish: so addictive, yet much safer than smoking crack.
Glad to keep you all off the streets.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Maintaining relationships as a premed (from a female perspective)

After talking to several other premeds who have found it difficult to keep a boyfriend or girlfriend, I've started to ask myself the following question, "How difficult is it to maintain relationships as a premed?" Personally, I have been together with my boyfriend the entire duration of my undergraduate education. We took the same classes, asked each other for advice (though the questions were mostly directed his way), and motivated each other to do well. We always had a companion to share our personal thoughts and feelings that we wouldn't necessarily share with others in our same degree. This enabled us to be brutally honest about how we felt regarding certain professors/courses/cafeteria food. And, our personalities match very well so during our undergrad, though as difficult as it was due to our rigorous study schedule, we always relied on each other for laughter, smiles, and best of all, love.


But it can be difficult at times to manage having a boyfriend as a premed, isn't it? I've always heard girls say that  they would never choose a boyfriend over their career. But isn't there a way to satisfy both options? I think it's so important to understand what one wants out of life. For instance, my boyfriend would like to have a little girl one day and become a father. And, while the idea of having a baby absolutely terrifies me, watching our own little girl grow up is something I would love to do.


There are a lot of technicalities that get in the way. For instance, what do you do if your boyfriend needs to go away for further education? Or, what if you do? And, what if you're caught in limbo for years not knowing what the next step will be? How do you decide what to do then?


There are so many questions that pile up rapidly. And, it's impossible to see it's peak. But there is one thing that fills me with optimism. As a neurologist in her 30s, the supervisor I work for has been able to maintain her relationship with her high school sweet heart. Though, her education has lead her to many different universities in different provinces, her relationship was able to stay strong. I asked her once what her secret was. And she told me that if you really love someone and have a strong foundation, then you can make it work. One day if the time comes where I have to make that move, I'll ask her exactly how she was able to do this. And, if I do, I'll be glad to share the secret with everyone.


I would love to hear your thoughts, as always, so please leave a comment below if you'd like to share your personal perspective.

The Rush

With everything that has been going on, I can definitely feel the last minute anxiety rushing in on me! What am I anxious about, you ask?

APPLICATION DEADLINES!

Dun, dun, dunnnnn...

I can feel the pressure sinking in on me because I am currently getting high volume private messages on this little gem asking me "how are your applications going?": http://www.premed101.com/forums/index.php

Here's a simple answer to that question. They are a walkin'... and they have a little bit of a gimp at the moment, to tell you the truth. Not necessarily the crowd favourite at the racing tracks. But, let me tell ya... Slow and steady wins the race!

I hope.


Quick update :)

Looks like the tumour is benign :)! And will be closely monitored.

Phew. Relief!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

"Sun"day

Hey everyone,

Just a quick update. The biopsy will be performed tomorrow and today is a day of hope. And to be grateful for everything around me. My friends, my family, the sunshine outside, good food, my boyfriend, just everything. Because life is short. And we all need to take a step back and be thankful for everything we have. I know Thanksgiving is in October, but today is a day where I feel especially grateful to be alive. And healthy.

We all need to stay positive in the midst of unfortunate events. Not just for ourselves, but for our loved ones. Because this thing called "life" - it's definitely worth fighting for!

Love you all and thanks for the support through the past few months,
<3 Ce

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

What's goin' on :)

Right now, everyone is trying to remain calm as we wait for the biopsy to be conducted. It has been postponed and will take place on sept 12th so, hopefully all goes well. Good news is that the doctors believe the tumor is benign! I'll report the results when they come in and any other events that occur. I'm so glad I visited them this weekend. They are doing a great job handling the news. And, while we wait I plan to have a few light hearted and fun posts for you all. Thank you for riding along this roller coaster with me. It's been a rocky summer. Cautiously optimistic, Ce <3

Friday, 2 September 2011

Update

MRI scan results are in. Brain tumour was found :(
Leaving right now with my bf to make a 7 hr drive to be with my sis and her bf.

Biopsy will be performed today. 
Crossing my fingers that we hear good news.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Hoping for the best

I received some terrible news last night. My sister's bf suffered three seizures and was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, the CT scan showed a tissue mass in his brain. He has been checked out with an MRI earlier today and we're just hoping for the best. I may end up driving there for the weekend to care for both of them.

Sorry everyone. I was planning on writing a humourous post for you today but it will have to wait until I know what is going on.

I'll provide an update on his condition. It's been hours since the scan was conducted, so if all goes well we should know soon. Hoping for the best possible outcome. He's such an amazing person. And trying to stay strong.

<3 Ce

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