Truths of a Medical Student

Hello there, fellow medical students, kudos! You are one brave soul, just like me, to waste time in this virtual reality we call THE WEB. Or you know, it’s a “study break” as we often label it to lessen the guilt. On a scale of a 20-minute nap to a caffeine-fueled all-nighter, how’s it going? In my case, I am a cup away into the latter and I am absorbing nothing so I’ve decided to write this instead. Lo and behold, the truths behind every medical student!

WE CHASE TIME OR TIME CHASES US.

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Time is a paradox. Time is an illusion. It is both freeing and binding. Freeing, because we know it is there but we try not to care, because if we do, we go into panic mode, anxiety heightens, everything we do becomes futile. Binding, because we never really get to do things without thinking about time. 

Multiple exams with multiple references yet we still get bored.

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I don’t know but during these trying times, boredom can’t be killed. Boredom fights, boredom gets through and so boredom survives!  

The paradoxical effect of caffeine consumption.

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Stress if funny sometimes. 

The level of drowsiness is directly proportional to the amount of upcoming exams.

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HIGHLIGHTING IS EVERTHING. LITERALLY.

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But in all seriousness, if painting the whole page with a neon highlighter works for you, then by all means keep doing it. We have different ways of studying, different strategies so really asking tips from different people is a risk. What works with them might not work with you. Study at your own pace, at your own way at your own risk. Stop comparing!

Power naps only powers up our perpetual desire to sleep and become a panda instead.

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I just feel twice as tired sometimes. 

Studying = 5 minutes, Study Break = 1 Sherlock episode, 1 whole season of FRIENDS or 5 magical hours spent on the internet watching videos of baby elephants taking a bath.

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The endless cycle of doubts and questions of self-worth.

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TRIGGER: A succession of failed exams, lack of sleep and significantly increased stress levels. It happens, might even be normal to some point, just make sure you don’t get trapped in such vicious cycle. Go out, talk to friends, eat or read a book. Think happy thoughts. 

Nobody said it was easy, but no severity scale can quantify how hard medschool is.

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You live for the eat-outs and drinking sessions as a celebration for a hellweek (which is pretty much every week)

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You have every sign and symptom of every disease in Harrison’s Textbook of Internal Medicine. Even flatulence makes you think you’re dying.

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PERPETUALLY BROKE

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PERPETUALLY HUNGRY

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When you’re done studying or you have no time left.

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Friends make it all worthwhile.

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You don’t need to be friends with everyone. But you have to find the real ones, the rare gems, the snort-laugh inducers, the drinking buddies, the nonsense talkers, the equivalent of 5 cups of brewed coffee and you’ll find that medical school is the best thing that has ever happened to you. As they say, it’s all about the journey not the destination. 

Now back to studying, young Padawan!

 

 

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MED SCHOOL 101 – What it’s actually like to be a first year med student!

15. First year of medical school is PURE EXCITEMENT!  

Oh, how pumped up you are to get started! 

14. BUT, there’s the predicament of finding new friends.

You scan the room full of eager (nervous as hell) first year medical students. You try to evaluate who you’re gonna sit with, because you have to look for that one person, the right person, whom yourself (the introvert that you are) is willing to spend an entire lunch with. 

Note: Only applicable if you have decided to enroll in a medical school where you don’t know anybody even the lunch lady.

13. First time reading the syllabus and class schedule be like…

12. Meeting the doctors who are gonna guide you through the whole year is quite unnerving!

But guess what? They don’t bite. Proven and tested! So chill. After one complete small group discussion for a case with your facilitator, you’ll start thinking of them as your best friend! 

11. However, when the Mother of Dragons Doctors shows herself, stay low, keep calm, don’t do anything stupid, follow instructions, obey the rules and voila! You’ll get a smile and you’ll live.

10. When it’s already been a month and you’re actually living the syllabus and class schedule.

9. That feeling you get when you first have a glimpse of your very own stethoscope and that moment when you get to use it to a patient, even though it’s just simulated is beyond words!

8. Thinking about working on a cadaver is a realm of emotions!

7. Eat up. Sleep when you can. Drink. Remember: NEVER FORGET TO HAVE SOME FUN WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

Celebrate the temporary end of your exams–pass or fail! Best advice ever. It works. It’s legit. 

6. You will always have tons of reading material in your hands and books are gonna be piling up in your desk, still sometimes you can’t find the determination to get things started. 

For the love of coconuts! Don’t bug your medfriends about it. They’ve got the same workload as you do. So go outside, take a walk, grab an ice cream or a beer and sleep if you must. Determination will come crawling back to you once you get to relax your mind. Find your zen!

5. GROUP STUDY-OUTS? Works just right only if you don’t know anybody in the group.

For me, my place works just fine. However, when lazy days and comfy bed tries to work its magic on me, I study out. But I think the most productive way is to do it your way. Stop listening to one advice after the other. What could make them fly could make you fall. Create your own timetable. Manage your readings independently. Highlight texts as colourful as you want. Just do find what works for you and stick to that!

4. There will be a day or DAYS that you’d start posting your personal drama on your social media accounts.

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But hey, those comments from my friends made me smile. And sometimes, that’s all you need. 

3. You’ll often get 2A.M. life evaluations. That’s normal. You will stare at the wall for what seemed like ages and it’s still nothing. You’ll talk to yourself once in a while. Still, that’s normal. I guess. 

2. You’ll cry. Hell, you’re gonna breakdown! And that’s ok.

You get to have tears after that failed exam. You’re allowed to release your anger because of all those sleepless nights of reading Guyton, Netter and Gray and still it seemed like it’s gone to waste. You can have one night of literal and figurative darkness. JUST DON’T WALLOW IN IT. I know you’ll hear this often, I’ve been there but I tried to make reality hit me one more time. To tell me that I won’t make it any better if I don’t start by turning on the light. One good thing you get out of a failed exam is the sense of urgency and determination that could help you ace the next one. 

1. Then first year is over and you realize, you’re just getting started! 

Top Ten Wishes I Gotta Ask From the Awesome Book Genie…

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Since I have the time, I am participating again in this weekly meme by The Broke and The Bookish. Its been awhile and so without further ado, dearest book genie I wish for:

10. The ability to FREEZE TIME whenever I want to read a book.

because free time rarely comes by nowadays…well in my case though. :/

09. Instant/Unlimited cash every time I pass by a bookstore.

because every time I enter the bookstore, I tend to always find a book I instantly want to buy but then my wallet says, “sorry but you can’t afford that luxury right now.”

08. and of course to have the books I’ve always wanted to buy to be available in a bookstore I happen to pass by. 

because well, when you got the money sometimes the book you’ve been dying to get your hands on becomes unavailable and that breaks my fragile heart. 

07. The ability to enter any of any fictional world depending on what book I’m reading!

because, come on! how cool would that be?! 

06.  But before any other places book genie, please let me go to Hogwarts first!

because, Hogwarts will ALWAYS be a home to me! 

05. My own library that will always have space for new books! 

because I know that I won’t stop buying books even when I’m old and cranky. 

04.  A date night with my fictional boyfriends (one book at a time!) HAHA

because … oh my gosh. who wouldn’t want that? ❤

03. A bag that will allow me to bring 4 or 5 books (paperback or hardbound) and yet it still wouldn’t feel heavy!

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because when you step outside your house, you gotta bring what you gotta bring! 

02. A bonding session…or dinner…or a meet-up or you know anything as long I spend a few moments with all of my favorite authors (Hi there J.K. Rowling!)

because I owe them a lot and I’d like to thank them personally. 

01. More books, more writers and more readers! :*

because….


 There goes my Top Ten wishes for my book genie! Well I do hope some of them if not all comes true. I hope you had fun reading!


Do we have the same wishes? I’d like to know what you listed on your Top Ten Tuesday so comment the link to your post down below and share it with every one else. Have a great day ahead wherever you are! :*

A Fox’s Love: A Book Review

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Author: Brandon Varnell

Publisher: Brandon Varnell

Published on: February 2014

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:

The story of a boy, a fox, and a whole lot of ecchi…

Kevin Swift has the worst luck with women. It’s not that he’s unattractive or even unpopular. He just can’t talk to them. He blames it on all those Shōnen love comedies he enjoys watching. Fortunately, or unfortunately―depending on who’s asking―Kevin’s love life is about to start looking up.

After saving a fox’s life Kevin discovers that he actually rescued a Kitsune, a shape-shifter capable of transforming into a beautiful girl who appears to have popped right out of the pages to a Shōnen manga. Her name is Lilian, and she apparently wants to mate with him.

Between dealing with an overly amorous vixen’s zealous attempts at getting into his pants, his inability to talk to girls and school, Kevin is going to have his hands full.

Note: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Review:

Once in a while you need to expand your horizon and try new things. That’s what I did by reading this novel. To be honest, I don’t really know much about animes and mangas so I was a little lost with some of the terms used in this novel. Fortunately, I have a friend I can count on in times like this. Only thing is, I forgot to ask him what “ecchi” means and I was halfway through the story before I realize it was why some parts were written this way and that way.

I’m not sure if I was blushing along with the character but it was definitely uncomfortable while I was reading it in public. Anyway, I got over it eventually because it was hilariously crazy. One thing is for sure with this novel– it’ll make you laugh.

We begin with an awkward boy who met a very foxy lady.

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I am familiar with this foxy lady or Kitsune to be more specific. Why? Because there is this one Korean TV show with the same premise as this book (characters seen on the gif above ^.^) and I adored it so much (don’t worry, I didn’t compare it with this book). So, when I read the blurb I got curious and I just have to add this on my reading list.

Let’s now talk about the characters. One thing I appreciate about this book was that there wasn’t much random characters introduced. I mean, as you read this book, you’ll know that the author clearly knows what is substantial and unsubstantial to the story. So, because of that, you get to focus on the significant people within the story. I could categorize this book as a light read, so to have few characters is acceptable. With the protagonist, I laughed a lot with his misfortunes. I sound bad right? its just that he is ridiculously hilarious and absurd in so many ways that you can’t help but laugh. But, he’s also cute with his innocent thoughts and pure intentions. Then we have the Kitsune who is such an annoying little girl/fox. I just don’t like her character in here. I mean, I was looking for something that would make her character interesting but she’s just a girl who is fox in the story and that was just it. Then the antagonist, I have been waiting for this character to eventually show up in the story and for me it just took so long. It would have been really engaging for me if there was already some action in the first half of the story. I kind of expected it since it was also an urban fantasy book.

The plot was simple yet full of humor. If you are looking for a book that is light, fun and with a little touch of mystery then this would be a great start.  I assure you that you will have a good laugh afterwards. But if you are looking for some hard core urban fantasy thing, I think this book wouldn’t be enough. I mean, for someone who loves fantasy, I expected it to have more from that genre than the romantic comedy side.  But anyways, I think this book will do for those who love to read animes, mangas, and cutesy romance stuff full of humor.

I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads


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