Sunday, 29 July 2012

Confessions of a Med Student: I am a Broadway fanatic




And another Sunday, linking up
with Alyx from 
Every day is a new adventure.


1. I knew all of the words to every single track on the original "Grease" record by age 4. 
And the dance moves.


2. When I was little, I would perform songs from "Annie" for my parents.
I was one convincing little 'orphan.' "It's a hard knock life... for us." - sang without my two front teeth.


3. I nearly dropped dead from excitment when I first watched Glee. 
And I get so heated over the episodes my boyfriend has to remind me "it's not real." Something inside of me just doesn't want to believe it ;)


4. I am already planning a trip to fly to New York.
Why, you ask? To watch as many Broadway musicals as I possibly can in one week.


5. If I could go back in time and be any other person in the world for a day, it would be Kristen Chenoweth. 
I would love to know what it feels to star in Wicked, just for one night.



And if I sound overly dramatic in this blog post, well, it is Broadway themed, darling!
Question of the day, for the Broadway fans: what is your favourite musical?

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Saturday, 28 July 2012

So, you're accepted! Now what happens before you start?

Happy Saturday!

Today is July 28th, which means I start medical school in less than a month. This just hit me a day or two ago with excitement, and fear that I might be forgetting something along the way. There are so many things to have in order before starting medical school -- don't you worry, I'm still giving myself a break to enjoy the summer. But it can be a bit overwhelming at times, especially when you work during the day and don't live where you're attending semester 1. I've been managing all right, I hope! Down below I've broken down things to do before you start, and if any med students are reading this I would love to hear your tips in the comment bar below.


Things you should do:

• take some vacation time
• travel
• enjoy as much of your summer as possible
• meet up with friends
• buy a smartphone, if you don't already have one -- possibly even a tablet
• if you'll be in a long distance relationship, or feel like you might get homesick, research into travel options to visit loved ones

Things you have to do:

• book HCP-CPR course - make sure it's accredited through your school and look for deals
• book immunization reviews early
• plan out your finances (you cannot start med school without a way to fund semester 1) - look into your savings/loans/professional student lines of credit
• register with relevant organizations (e.g. College of Physicians and Surgeons)
• solidify living arrangements
• complete research projects/jobs/volunteer commitments/etc.
• spend as much time with your SO as possible (note: this is a must)


And along the way, you may feel overwhelmed. And scared that documents won't be received, or you'll be declined for incredibly stupid reasons. You might start to think that you won't find a place to live and will have to lock yourself in your life sciences building during the night. But, one step at a time - take breaks, we're running a marathon now, guys, not a sprint. And if something does not turn out the way we would like it to, well, we just try our best because it is all we can do.

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Liebster Award - Thank you, izzy!


I was very pleasantly surprised today when, after a long hard day of work/scheduling immunization appointments/enrolling in a CPR course, I found out I was nominated for a Liebster Award! Thank you, to Izzy from the charming/whitty blog, "The Adventures of Tootie and Izzy" for the nomination! And might I add, a big congratulations goes to you as well! Please check out Izzy's blog as I'm sure you'll just go bananas over Izzy's answers (I have to admit -- I am envious of the tv appearances! You lucky blogger, you).

In order to receive this spectacularly pinkly coloured award, I have to answer and then create my own questions. How fun!

Here we go:

1) What 5 things would you grab to go hide away with in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse?

1. Food
2. Water
3. Shovel
4. Toolbox
5. Gasoline (in hopes of finding a car)

2) Halloween, Birthday, or Christmas?

Halloween. I count down the days leading up to Halloween -- perhaps it is because I'm actually a witch ;)

3) What should I name my next pet?

Gertrude

4) What do you think is the most important lesson for the younger generation to learn?

Learn to accept others that are different from you.

5) What is the solution to the less than stellar job market?

Cookies -- they solve everything.

6) Do you like the My Little Pony television series?

Can't say I've watched it, but to all you My Little Pony lovers, you go ahead and watch your hearts out.

7) Can we be friends?

Okay, but I have to warn you, I'm one cranky girl when I don't eat/sleep/drink enough water (i.e. exam time). I warned you!

8) If you could have 3 people in history (past, present, or future) over for dinner, who would it be?

For dinner? Hmm I'm having a very difficult time answering this question. The only famous person I would really love to meet one day is Michael Jackson. I'm a huge fan, so is another of my friends who I would invite over. And my boyfriend. That makes three, and I think we would have a great time together. Though I might die of shock, seeing him. Or turn into a zombie and start doing the Thriller dance. Either one is fine with me.

9) What was an awesomely awesome embarrassing moment you had growing up?

I remember, when I was little, mixing blue pop and 7 up together, I believe. And the liquid turned green. I was astonished, and couldn't understand what was going on. Like, I didn't understand that a colour change would happen. So I screamed, "IT'S GREEM, IT'S GREEM!" I couldn't say green! Haha and after they told me what had happened, I just started to cry. So embarrassing!

10) What are three random facts most people don't know about you?

1. I listen to the same CD over, and over, and over, and over, etc...
2. My nickname in high school was "Cereal"
3. My feet are a size 6.5

Wahoo! And now I get to nominate a blog:

*Drum Roll............*


Sara! From Bichinhos na Cabeca. She is super creative, and I hope that you'll check out her fantastic blog.

Here are your questions, Sara!

1. If you could be a flower, what flower would you be?
2. Do you prefer to be comfortable, or be fashionable?
3. How long have you been blogging for?
4. Did you keep a diary in high school?
5. What are three books you would recommend to me?
6. Tell me a funny story.
7. What is your dream job?
8. Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut?
9. Coffee or tea?
10. Favourite childhood fairy tale?




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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

My not so secret fascination: Salvador Dalí



Swans reflecting elephants, 1937, Dali
Swans reflecting elephants?
Yes.
Literally.
Swans reflecting elephants.
Focus on the lake.
And it's reflection.
There.
Merging of hallucination and reality.

Three sphinxes of bikini, 1947, Dali
Can you see the parallelism?
Between...
Human, tree, explosion?
Humanity, nature, destruction?

Sleep, 1937, Dali


And if one could view sleep, objectified,
One might view their head so heavy,
A head being "held,
On the crutches of reality."


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Sunday, 8 July 2012

Sunday Confessions of a Med Student




This is my first time doing one of these! Let's see how it goes. I feel so naked now.

1. I like the song "Baby" by Justin Bieber. I hum it. I sing it when no one is within hearing range. And if I'm alone in my apartment, I might even dance to it.

2. I look so young without makeup, I've recently been asked what year of
high school I'm starting in the fall.
"Actually no, miss. I'm starting medical school."

3. I love winter!!! Yes, I did go there. I love it all: the cold, the boots, the warm fires, the shoveling, everything!

4. I cried when Sirius Black died. And I was mad at J.K. Rowling for years. May or not still be.

5. Eyeballs scare me. No ophthalmology electives for me, thank you!

That's all for now! Hope this was enjoyable, perhaps even giggle worthy. Make sure to click on the button at the top of the page for more Sunday Confessions by various bloggers who frequent Alyx's blog.

Happy Sunday!



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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Awards! Oh happy day :)

I am honoured that Sara from the fantastically creative blog, "Bichinhos na Cabeça," has nominated me for two awards: 











Thank you very much, Sara! I feel quite honoured to be nominated, and am excited to list my nominations as well.


In order to accept the "One Lovely Blog Award" I am going to have to answer several questions. Here we go!


What is your favourite dessert?


You had to hit me with the desserts, didn't you? Baking runs through my veins. It's one of my passions! And after much consideration... my absolute favourite dessert is Creme Brulee. There really is nothing quite like it.


When you're upset, what do you do?


Vent to my boyfriend (the poor guy).

What was your favourite pet?

I'm sure this is fairly obvious. Jasmine. If you want to get to know more about her, please read my comics and direct yourself to the various tags on my blog. She was incredibly special to me, I have dedicated a special post in her remembrance.

What do you prefer to wear, black or white?

Depends how I'm feeling that day.

What is your biggest fear?

Losing loved ones.

What is your attitude mostly?

Content.

What is perfection to you?

I wonder if there's such a thing? 


"Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."
- Salvador Dali


What is your guilty pleasure?

Whipping cream :D



Now that you know everything you can possibly know about me, I'll move onto the "Stylish Blogger Award." In order to accept this award, I need to tell you all about a time I dressed up. 

I remember what I wore from my prom dress:
- a poofy white princess dress
- white heels
- long black hair, half up, with pink flowers
- red lipstick
- winged eyeliner


I loved dressing up for my prom and spent hours perfecting my makeup. I apologize for being such a girly girl :)




And now the best part of this award... nominations. Congratulations, ladies!







Time saving tip: Use a notebook to record your non-academic activities

Source: http://www.frontiernet.net/~mblow/images/writerworkshop/1stationery32-med.jpg

So, you plan on applying to medical school one day. And you have many extra-curricular activities in mind that you want to participate in: badminton club, drama club, sailing club, research, hospital volunteering, etc. The list can go on forever!

With so many activities to participate in, keeping records is very important. After all, when asked to write down and describe the activities you have taken part in over the last X amount of years, it can be difficult to recall off the top of your head a detailed account of what you have done, and most importantly, how long you have done it for. 

I suggest creating a non-academic activity notebook and keeping it up-to-date. I have made an example below of what to include, though adjust the format as needed:



This is something that helped quite a lot when it came down to writing my medical school application. This need not only apply to medical school applicants, but other many other fields as well.

One addition I would like to make is to record the amount of hours you have been involved in the activity for. I suggest keeping a calendar to record the number of hours you contributed towards the activity.

You should also ask the organization or club that you are participating in if they keep accurate records of the amount of time you contribute. Make sure to keep your own records, though, so that you both have accurate accounts of your contributions.

Hope this helps, and saves you a bit of time/energy/anxiety in the long run!


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