Because Oreos are as good as a vacation :)

Autumn Break.
Apparently, it only exists in the first year of a Med student’s career. So we should make the most of it, right? Before it’s nothing but a sad, sad memory, you know.

By making the most of it, I mean staying in bed and catching up on series, of course.
Time is something we don’t have in med school. We don’t have time to socialize, we don’t have time to party. We don’t even have time to catch the latest episode of our favorite series. Unless it’s going to help us pass the exam, of course.

Which by the way, is so weird. Last week in my Personal and Professional Development class, we watched an episode of House.

Not for fun. No. 

Because we actually have an assignment on it.
An assignment based on a TV show.

Hello? First you make sure we have no lives, so that we know. This is it.
Then you give us an assignment on House?

How are we supposed to understand this?

Is someone playing a joke on us?

But all confusion aside, this week off has been great. Easter happened, so lots of chocolate (stashed away for when tests start up and all nighters need to happen).

And also, it’s nearly Winter!!

Okay, I actually hate Winter. But this heat has been killing me. Seriously, Cape Town has no chill when it comes to weather. For the first time in history, I’m actually looking forward to some rain, an icy breeze and even a little bit of snow (it never snows in Cape Town, but hey, miracles do happen).

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Also, I hope you’re all doing crazy things like this.
Whenever you can.
Because honestly?
Oreos are as good as a vacation!

And if anyone tells you otherwise? Give them an Oreo too:)

So yeah. Monday it’s back to square one. Might as well make the most of it while it lasts.

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All I’m saying is, COME PREPARED.

Cramming. According to Wikipedia, it is the practice of working intensively to absorb large volumes of informational material in short amounts of time. In med school? It’s survival.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Cramming isn’t something that alllll students in med school do. I mean, majority of us have been chosen to be here for our supposed ‘smartness’. Our supposed capability to plan well, make the right academic decisions, and study well in advanced for a test. Yeah, well … not so much.

I guess our argument is that we’re in university. We want to have fun too. We can’t be around our books ALL day. It’s bound to get monotonous sooner rather than later. Truth for me is, I’m just a bad studier. Is that a word? No? Oh well. You know what I mean (I hope).

I sometimes feel like “What the hell are you doing here?” or “Why couldn’t you just be plain and simple and become a teacher, or a cook or a hairdresser or something?”. Life would definitely have been a whole lot simpler. Not that I’m saying those professions are silly, or worthless. It’s just that, we (med students) have to be taught how to save someone’s life. How to make the right, medical and ethical decisions in a split second because a human life or lives might be at stake.

That is not easy. Okay.

Let me just tell you that.

When I’m not stressing for a test, I really do enjoy what I’m being taught. But jeez…

CAN WE SLOW DOWN?

I need to catch my breath, people. My breath, a power nap of at least 8 hours, some decent food-and not the garbage I’ve ended up eating for the last month- and just a little chill time.

And yes, I’m complaining as if I’ve been doing this forever. Well, no. It’s only been 3 months.

Now, don’t let me discourage you from coming to med school. You want to be a doctor? Great stuff! You want to save lives? Make them kiddies better? Fantastic.

All I’m saying is. BE PREPARED.

Mentally and physically. Don’t waltz into this as blindly as I did.

Although, even if you come prepared, I can guarantee you, one time or another, you’ll still end up cramming anyway. Whether you like it or not.Memory-300x292

Like I said, it’s survival.

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Well, well, well. A blog, you say.

Hiiiii lovely bloggers or bloggees (ya’know, if you’re just a reader). I’m not even sure if there’s any particular format for blogging, but mind you, I wouldn’t abide by it anyway. Life does that to you hey. Draws out the very depths of your law-abiding-ness and tempts you to the dark side of rebellion. Mwaahaaaaahaaaa….. oh wait.. am I the only one?

……

Jeez.

 

No need for the awkward silence.

 

Anyway, as I am new to this, I’m not sure whether it is even acceptable for me to be rambling like this, but yeah. That’s exactly what I plan to do. You’re welcome to stay and let me entertain ya’ *nudge nudge wink wink* haha, or just leave me here to pretend someone’s even listening (no guilt intended). Either way, I’m happy.. well, kinda.

So yeah, hopefully my next post will be less awkward and a bit more informative on what I actually intend to do here-besides ramble. Life as a med student has its ups and (drastic) downs-and I’ve only been one for about 3 months- and I guess I want to share it with you all. It get’s pretty intense sometimes.

 

I said sometimes.

No expectations.

 

Haha, if you’ve actually read this, thank you.

YOU NOW STAND A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR SHARE OF 5 MILLION DOLLARS!!!

(I’m kidding, I’m broke and need my share of 5 million dollars first)

 

But really, thank you. I hope this doesn’t just die out for me and that I’ll actually post now and again. When procrastination strikes, ya’know.

 

Haha, stay well everyone.

And in the words of Sheldon Cooper – :”If there’s an apocalypse during the night, good luck.” #IProbablyQuotedThatWrongrose