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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.

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Our view of the lake from the backyard of the cabin

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 to see is something that I can do. You see, every medical school is different and takes pride on their exact brand of medical education- how it is structured, set up and scheduled. So giving that information away feels a little like copying something that isn’t mine. As for MY schedule, daily life, opinions, and whereabouts- I’ll be glad to share those as much as I can.
Also, as I begin my medical education, please take the time to read my disclaimer.
This class that has already started (and I am already behind in!) is called Expert Skills and the information we have to read is mostly about personality types and how it affects your learning style/how you can study better once you know your type. I think its really helpful and it is a great idea to finally understand why I do so bad on multiple choice tests! Ugh! There are also a lot of tips on how to overcome and learn other styles of learning so that it fits with what comes easiest to you. Already I feel like I’m being taken by the hand (figuratively) and being given the tools to succeed instead of being worked into burnout, then drowning and flailing on my own.
The professor knows that I am behind and highlighted specific phrases in his email like “Don’t get overwhelmed” and “Don’t feel alone, just feel energized.” Things that were personal and helpful to me instead of just “Here are all the documents you need,  figure it out and turn it in when you’re done.”
This class will also meet during the semester and we will progress into how to study for multiple choice exams like the boards and also how to learn best while on clinical rotations. I’m excited!
I can now happily say that the study room is done! It is so beautiful and I’m in love and obsessed with it. And I have already been using it thanks to my pre-medical school homework and blogging! I love all the handmade details and chic vintage feel.
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The view from the door into the study

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Guest bed

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Artwork and coffee cart

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My cart even has a slide out tray that I can hide my K-cups in!

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Right shelf includes vintage medical books, diploma, family pictures and school supplies hidden in cute baskets!

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Desk I made back in January!

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Left shelf has the printer, modem and cleverly hidden wifi with more books, stationary and pictures

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My very own “Command Center” where I can write out the weeks tasks and look at more pretty artwork. The board is homemade. We bought sheet metal, framed it, painted it and then used dry erase magnets to make a schedule. Basically the same idea as one I found on younghouselove.com – a great DIY blog!

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Plush rug with a comfy chair and side table for reading and browsing the internet

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My mom painted the bird. I thought it was a sweet touch

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Sharpie trees on burlap squares. Those were a lot of fun to draw

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I love the room in low light at night too with just the desk lamp and the string lights above the bed on. It feels very peaceful.

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Sigh. I’m obsessed.

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Family Life Medical School

4th of July Weekend

I’m sitting in the bathroom talking to you nice folks, while supervising the bath time of a very sleepy 4-and-a-half year old. I had a very fun and relaxing fourth of July weekend. These little girls often put things in perspective for me. Throughout the week, I chase down a to-do list, that- as soon as I cross off one thing I add another- is often full of not-so-important things. Yet, I treat it like my life’s work. And, while it is important to get my oil changed and renew my passport before school starts, I forget that I’m supposed to be relaxing before medical school and not stressing these mundane things. The little ones that I’m so lucky to call my nieces always call me back to what’s important by forcing me to take a break to cuddle and listen about their lives, play in their imaginary world for a while, and not worry about my list or school just yet. (Right now they pretend to be the princesses left at home by their kings while they go to fight the king’s war)
 
I didn’t take any photos of the gorgeous fireworks or the cookout, but I had a pretty hilarious silly-photo selfie shoot of which I will share gratuitous amounts of grainy iPhone pictures.
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pssst…. doonthego.me (no longer “.wordpress.com”) will launching soon, so be on the lookout!
ppppppsssssttt… the study room I have posted about here and here, is almost done! Just waiting on some final items to be ordered so look out for that too.
 

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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 was fun to say I did it.
Sunday my mom and I went shopping for bedding and didn’t end up buying anything while we were out, but we bought one later online. I got my dry erase magnet board and some art hung up in the study as well.
Today was super productive as well which is why I didn’t post until now. I drew some abstract trees on these little burlap squares I bought. I sanded and refinished not one but TWO side tables, I bought frames (1/2 price at hobby lobby this week), I got some etsy art ordered, I took a package to FedEx, I spray painted some clothes pins, and I made some plain glass bottles into faux sea glass. Whew. I don’t have pictures of everything I mentioned, but here’s how the room and its many mini projects are going.
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House Life

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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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And here’s the study room swatch.
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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 and got paint all down one side of his back. He’s a stinker.
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When this happened, I then had to quickly escort a very squirmy dog outside without getting wet paint all over the carpet and furniture. Success!
Anyway, something that always strikes me when I do projects in my dad’s line of work (home improvement)- and even cleaning/organizing- is how instantly gratifying it is when compared to school work. You study and study for four months before you receive one letter grade. In a little bit of time you can get a whole lot of work done and the results are visible every step of the way. I like seeing the fruits of my labor every step of the way. I like it sometimes. It’s a nice change of pace. I also like getting my hands dirty and not letting myself get too lazy during my lazy summer. Work can be fun guys!
 
 

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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?

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It looks a mess right now!

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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.
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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 desk is something I made. I found the vintage medical posters on pinterest. Other places I looked grabbed pictures from include Ikea, Target, West Elm, and Etsy. If you need a specific source let me know! I’m not trying to copy someone else without crediting them.

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#seniorprobs

Its a good feeling- this whole ‘I’m-already-in-medical-school-so-I-can-kind-of-relax’ thing.
But I’ve sort of turned into the kind of student that pins things on Pinterest and watches Grey’s Anatomy, and not the kind of student that got into medical school.
So, oops.
Hopefully that switch will turn back on when I need it to.
But for now, I’m eating donettes and dreaming of “command center” ideas to put in my med school study room.
Tomorrow I will work diligently on my research project.
And Saturday I will be shopping with my nieces and not thinking at all about everything I have to do.
You win some, you lose some.
 
Look how organizational!
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