Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Flexibility prevents Exam Rush!!!!

Wow it been 2 weeks since I updated.  Well, I am plugging away at it all.  I have not taken my midterms yet...Huh  yep they came and went.  So I notified 2 of my professors that I needed more time to prepare (since they are 30% of the grade) HELLLOOOOO, I want to put my best effort forward.  Well thank God for flexibility because I would never have made it this far.  I am unfortunately going to need to reread all the chapters to review because I need to refresh it all...

Hopefully it wont be too bad.  Anyway I applied for a few positions in the lab and one at a a university teaching one of their allied health clinical lab science classes. Phlebotomy and Specimen accessioning.  I am praying that I get the job.  Really need some money to stay on track.  Anyway I have no worries.  God has never let us down.  The bible says," I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread".  I am a firm believer in Christ and his word.

God has shown me so much in life since I have been a believer.  Especially, the art of perseverance.  sure I have had some struggles and some very hard times.  But that is the beauty of it all.  He is always there to help in the storm...Also, I believe that all of this will help build character as I endeavor to become a physician.  There will be some very hard roads up ahead, but with faith and perseverance, I will make it.

I have heard some really tough stories of physicians that had to endure far more than I have while in medical school.  through it all, they made it through with the help of the Lord.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Chemistry Catch up Count Down Time!!!

Today I am focusing all of my efforts on Chemistry and trying to catch up  on the last missing assignment.  Wow did not know that sleep depravation would hinder my next week soooo badly.  I had  a problem with sleeping 1.5 weeks ago and I am really just getting back into the groove after several bouts of mental and physical fatigue.  Even though I come to the library every night and get some work done no matter how little or much.  

The best thing is that I try to keep going and picking away at it even in times of direst.  Also I had to take 1.5 days off from studying to just sleep and unwind.  I guess being severely anemic doesn't help either.  I was having severe bouts of anemia and feeling very fatigued and unable to accomplish anything.  I mean my whole body was very weak and shaky.  Apparently anemia can make you dehydrated as well.  Well I corrected all that thank the Lord and it's onto better horizons.  

Notified my Chemistry professor that I will take the midterm later than scheduled.  I need additional time to study.  Some of the chapters are sooooo long and I need to re-read it all and really zero in on key areas that will be addressed.  My physics class assignments will be back in swing tomorrow after church and Monday.  I really wish that I could study at home too. It is just a shame that the number of distractions are so many that the library seems to be my only STUDY OASIS....

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yaaayy!!!! Got an 'A' on the first two assignments in Physics...

I am so blessed and encouraged to keep going.  This week I got my grades for the first two physics assignments.  Got 2 "A's"...Hip Hip Horaaayyy.... I really worked hard on comprehending the information.  I really am also grateful for some of the awesome advice that I received on the blogs of other physicians and med students on what else,  "study tips", pacing yourself, lightening the load for adults with families, etc.  It has really been priceless.  It matters  when you can get to the library too away from distractions and actually study.  I try to get there in the early evenings and stay until about midnight or later.  

It's not always easy to stay focused and motivated when life is still going on in spite of school and the need to finish.  But I am determined to be successful.  My goals will happen in time.  I have learned to take it one goal at a time.  This journey is a long one and I am not going to rush it.  The best bit of advice that I have gotten is not to overload yourself but to take it slow and do well on every level.  Overloading classes causes rapid burnout due to stress and anxiety.  I have also learned that it is better to minimize stress and anxiety where you can.    Pacing yourself has a lot to do with knowing how much you can actually handle.  When I would see others take on 18-24 credits of pure sciences, I would think oh boy they are really smart.  Maybe some are but that was not a smart thing to do.  Anyone can get overwhelmed.  The best way to study for things that are not familiar is to practice them constantly.  The more repetitious, the better it will be committed to memory.  

Obviously science is not a simple thing to accomplish but it can be done,  When people would say to me in high school or college that I would never be a physician, I would think to myself that if it was that difficult there would not be as many doctors in the world.  Anything can be done if you put your mind to it.

When I was in high school, my guidance counselor (the wife of a very famous principal that was featured in a movie about impoverished, crack addicted and troubled high school students ironically) said to me that I will never be a doctor and that I needed to choose to do something else in life.  One day I completed my college applications and asked why I did not hear anything from the colleges I applied to.  Her response was, " I never mailed them off for you".  I realized then that you must believe in yourself even if no one else does.  And it is that self determination that has brought me this far in life.