Lake Trip, Medical School Updates, and Study Room

Well folks, as much as I love writing, when life comes a-knockin’ unfortunately the blog takes the beating. This week I went for a last minute lake cabin retreat with two girlfriends from OBU. We had a wonderful time! We used floaties to lay out and tan on a very calm, clear lake. We partook in hot tub time, ate, played board games, attempted to fish, laughed, laid in a hammock, and even kayaked. It was a little vacation I didn’t even know I needed. It came at the perfect time too. Right before I left, I realized I had a little email conundrum with medical school where I realized I wasn’t getting all the emails I should have. (I should have known, no wonder I hadn’t heard about orientation and the white coat ceremony yet!) Once I straightened out the correct email with the administration, I was forwarded a flood of information including my test/class schedule, orientation schedule, info on becoming a student ambassador, and most importantly a self-study block of a class that has already begun! Whoa. Who knew medical school started the summer before?! Since I was on vacation though, I anxiously tucked them away for reading and absorbing as soon as I got back on Thursday. I would love to share the scheduling and everything I will be up to this fall since that is a lot of what I have been curious about for so long. Questions like, “How grueling is it really?” “What is the day to day schedule like?” Unfortunately, I don’t think sharing these google docs on the interwebs for all...

Study Room Updates

This past weekend was busy, but everyone’s busy so I’ll move on. It sort of started on Thursday. I’ve been bugging my parents A LOT to help me get this stuff done on my office/study room. There’s a lot of it, I just can’t do by myself because I’m out working on other things all week sleeping until 2PM most days. Anyway, Thursday we moved my beautiful bookcases into the house! There was one oversight that cost us big time. These things were huge. Over 8 ft tall and 3 ft wide. Two of ’em. Our hallway is narrow and straight. The door frame into the spare bedroom is even more narrow. They would not fit to turn into the room. So, we had to cut a hole in the sheetrock opposite the doorway. Yay! Another project! Not… Anyway, they’re in and so my mom and I immediately loaded them with stuff. My books, textbooks, trinkets, school supplies, flowers, picture frames and other little projects we’ve been working on. I am just so in love with how it looks. It inspires me to study medicine already sit and stare at it and do nothing! Friday I put together four identical storage cabinets from Lowe’s for the closet. The future home of all my mom’s crafting things! I like putting those things together. It’s so simple and uncomplicated. No troubleshooting, no missing pieces. Easy peasy! Saturday I went to the Farmer’s market with my friend Jenna and we tried Kombucha for the first time. I can’t say its the best tasting stuff, and I’m not sure about the health benefits but it...

Graduation Party Details

Here it is folks. The last remnants of my senior year of college. Woah. My sisters, mom, and I did most of the party prep ourselves. We ordered 20 ml Lure-Loc syringes, a set of 3 Ehrlenmeyer flasks, 50 urine sample cups, and a set of 6 plastic beakers all from Amazon and tried to incorporate a science/medical  theme throughout the party....

Capstone Essay

My room is mostly finished! Minus some wall art and some diploma[(s) now!] that I haven’t hung up. It’s much more subdued, neutral, and calming now, which will be good for medical school in 2 months, 8 days! My favorite part has to be the window area which I added twinkle lights to at the last minute.   Anyway, my final for my capstone class was to write a reflective essay looking back into our science education. I ended up really liking mine. So, here it is if you want to see how I got through OBU science. I wish I had gone more into my calling to medicine and how I knew all the suffering would be worth it, but I focused mainly on the science instead. “Some would see my choice to attend a Baptist university as a way to limit my education, my world, and my views, but in fact the opposite has proven true. The last four years have opened my mind to knowledge I did not know I could have, questions I could not fathom, and wonder I didn’t know was possible. Personally, I have grown. My general education classes have taught me a great deal, but it is science where I have learned the most. I think a good objective definition of science is that it is the body of knowledge we have about the natural world through systematic experiments and observation. Science is how the world works. However, being a student of science has taught me so much more than that. For one thing, I’ve learned how vast the world is, and...

The Start of Summer and Home Improvements

To start off summer, I sat down for .05465 seconds and then got up and unloaded everything. As I went through each box I thought back on what I had used in the past year. I sorted everything into five piles and then reorganized everything I kept. The five piles: 1) Trash 2) Recycling 3) Clothes to go to consignment 4) Donate to Goodwill 5) Sell on Craigslist My room was a pit! College life exploded all over the house!     Not long after I went through everything, we decided now was as good a time as any to paint the study room and my bedroom. My room is a really bold color I chose back in high school so I wanted something more serene.   Since the walls are so bright, we had to prime first. Not to mention some holes we had to patch. Ta DA! The not so finished product.   We are still working on it. Here’s the color for my room, although the internet picture looks nothing like the swatch I have, so we will see how it turns out.   And here’s the study room swatch. I’ve always been really into the meanings of different colors like how yellow is cheerful and red can be anger or passion. But, what do light tealy-grays say? Amidst my productivity, I gave my dog, Copper a bath. He did not enjoy it, so to get back at me, he came into the room where I was priming right after and laid down lengthways along the wall where I had just cut in around the baseboard...

Introduction to THE STUDY ROOM

I’m trying to think of a clever name for the study room that will become my office during medical school but nothing has hit me yet. Here it is! The official before pictures. You’ll see it evolve more and more starting when I get back to Tulsa after graduation (10 days 21 hours and 39 minutes from now), but who’s counting? Right now the room serves as a guest bedroom, game room, craft room, and storage closet. First order of business will be to get rid of the junk (including the pac man machine) and condense the closet. Next, we will restore, build, or buy furniture and put my desk in and make it functional as an office. It will still serve as a guest bedroom when my girls come to visit! So the bed stays. Lastly will be setting the mood and prettying it up to be an inspiring, productive space for use throughout medical school!   I have big plans for this room. I’m going with a soft color palate of teal and beige with pops of salmon. I’m looking for a lot of natural textiles like raw wood, burlap, sea glass and plant-y things. The bedspread, I want neutral and vintage. Lamps, lights, and chair can be sort of industrial. The art I want to be animal, plant or anatomy/medical inspired. I also want to incorporate a comfortable reading area with twinkle lights somehow. I can’t wait to see how it turns out and update you guys on the process. *A lot of these images (especially paint colors) I got from Young House Love. The sawhorse...