Annie Dillard is my Spirit Animal

Many of my OBU science friends will remember Dr. Jett reading us passages from “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” but I don’t know if it spoke to everyone in the same way it did to me. Annie Dillard, the author of that book, raised Christian among the Appalachian mountains writes books unlike nothing I usually read. This summer, on my list of things to do, was read quite a few of her books. I went to Barnes and Noble specifically for it and everything. It took me a while to find it because her books are neither fiction or non fiction. They tell no story, its mostly just a stream of consciousness. She has a love for nature, science, and deep thinking. She wanders and wonders and exists in her world to make an impact on the world without changing it- its inherent beauty, anyway- if that makes sense. She wants to be fully present in each moment but still has a vision. She’s engaged and observant and in love with the world around her. Though my experiences are different, I connect with her narrative for more than just an appreciation for taking walks through the woods. Her feelings about the birds taking flight and listening to a rushing stream speak to my soggy heart about the fascination and profundity I feel when laying in bed with my nieces, studying human development, and learning and experiencing life in general. Her books don’t necessarily have a medical correlation, but they have inspired me a great deal in regards to my consciousness, being present, and enjoying every moment. I also like her...

Medical School Schedule

A couple of you have asked for my schedule so here is a typical day! With the exception of some weird days, the following is sort of “A Day in the Life” of what I have found works best for me. Its all but required that we go to class. (There are usually points involved just for showing up.) When the whole week stretches in front of me with 15 hours of biomedical foundations (BMF) and then our 2 clinically based classes adding 2-4 hours each, as well as Anatomy gearing up, its getting to be a lot of class time. 6:10 AM- Wake up! Coffee. 6:20 AM- Get dressed, hair, makeup, breakfast. 6:45 AM- Gather up gym clothes, change of clothes for after the gym, books, backpack, packed lunch, etc. 6:50 AM- Leave for School! 7:15 AM- Put stuff in my locker, lunch in the fridge, more coffee. 7:25 AM- Head to the library. Print lecture notes, go to my carrel and look over stuff or bang head on my desk. 8:00 AM- Class starts. We have completed 3 credit hours already. Boom! BMF I- Biochem DONE. Now we are in Genetics, Molecular Bio, and Embryology. Easily my three favorite courses from undergrad rolled into one.  We usually have 2 or 3 hours. On really heavy days we have 4. We get a 10 minute break at ten til of every hour and so I will stretch, get water or coffee, pee, or lay on the floor, wishing I could sleep. 12:00 PM- Lunch. I bring a lunch most days and so does everyone else for the most...

Mondays are for MMMMMlleeeeggggggghhhhh

The good thing about tests being on Mondays is that you have the whole weekend to attempt to prepare. The rest of the issue of Monday exams involves the fact that its on Monday, and the whole week starts out with me being exhausted. I’ve never had a favorite day of the week and I try to make everyday the best it can be. But being up late last night meant my eyes were still stinging with sleep when I pryed them open at 6 this morning. The kind of morning where you can’t even get your eyes open wide enough to get eyeliner and mascara on without poking yourself in the eye. Guys, you know that feeling right? 🙂 I choked down a muffin and drove to school (an hour and a half early) with my many bags of food and clothing and binders full of handouts. After the exam, we all kill some time in the lounge. It all starts over again with a new unit of 16 weeks of material packed in in, oh, about an hour. This routine will be what my Mondays are like for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, its an exciting time with some of the nicest, funniest people I have ever met....

Late nights

Marathon studying has begun. In part because of some highly disorganized teaching and partly because it’s just gonna happen when you cover glycolysis, through the rest of biochemistry in a week. Last night, I got home late from school and thought it would be a great time-saver to take my toothbrush into the shower and brush my teeth. I’m not sure if it saves time or not but I do it quite a bit. Anyway I’m not sure if it was the break in routine or if I was really that “out of it,” but I swallowed the entire mouthful of toothpaste. What. In. The. World. Needless to say, I’m glad it’s...

10 Things Vol. 1

In an attempt to expedite some posts, (since I know I’ve been lagging lately) I’m starting a new series where I just list 10 random things of whatever I want to talk about. Ha! So here is my first installment. 1) Medical students like to complain a lot, but I don’t think it’s because we are negative people. We really are proud of what we are doing, but all we know how to talk about is school. If we said “we had three quizzes this week and it was awesome!” you would think we were insane. 2) Crazy professors don’t end in undergrad. If anything they get weirder. Seriously we’ve got some real nutjobs. 3) I spent well over $1000 this week on bills, club dues, running shoes, food, etc. Sorry not sorry. 4) My class is only 36% female. I was expecting closer to 50%. 5) I live at the school/at other people’s apts now. I have shower items, workout gear, a change of clothes, scrubs, and multiple stashes of food in various places up at school and at my friend Macy’s already. I take meals and coffee whenever/wherever I can get them, and don’t be surprised if you happen upon me in a break out room and I’m laying on the floor. I’M ONLY RESTING MY EYES FOR FIVE MINUTES. 6) Many of my classmates have started reading this blog and that makes me excited (and embarrassed!). Also I’m a little scared I’ll say something wrong! 7) My dog is not adjusting well to me being gone all day. He follows me everywhere and won’t leave the...