Last night, my friend Richard, who recently got back into blogging (you can find him here) and kindly referenced my blog in his most recent post, hosted a really nice little holiday party complete with impressive culinary creations such as Korean stew and homemade ice cream. On top of that, everyone brought food creations as well (it was also a potluck) and it was probably the most impressive potluck we’ve had in medical school so far. For no reason in particular, I decided to dress up for this event despite there not being a dress code, and I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to see that James had also arrived in similar attire. Haha.
As I have progressed through second year, I have found that my studying strategy has evolved further with each successive block.
Last year, all I relied on was pretty much handouts. I would read the handouts and annotate them, not go to lecture or do transcripts (except until the end of the year but only when absolutely necessary, i.e. no handout for that lecture).
At the beginning of this year, with Triple I, I tried to be really good for the first month and I pre-read every lecture (with annotations), attended each lecture and added more annotations, and post-read each lecture right afterwards. After coming back from Cancun, I was already so behind that I could no longer afford this strategy. As such, I largely reverted to my old strategy of just going through handouts without going to lecture. I struggled on that midterm as a result and then figured out that I needed to study diseases from a “differential diagnosis” point of view–that is, I needed to constantly think about how each disease differs from the others, and for that, I used tables laying out high yield points about diseases.
This song never used to resonate with me, but now it kinda does… LOL. (I think this was the first Pentatonix video I ever watched)
This Thanksgiving weekend was one of the best in recent memory. Every single day had a plan and we had a lot of fun. It was something I really needed after studying the entire Lilly textbook for Cardio in 4 days. And it really mentally prepared me for the upcoming 2 weeks of Pulmonology.
Today is the youngest we’ll all be for the rest of our lives. We need to stop wishing for something else all the time and be thankful for all that we have today.
Sometimes we don’t know how grateful we should be until something’s gone. Treasure everything. Live it up.
In other news, I’m in Boston for Thanksgiving! The past few weeks of exams were really tough for all of us, and it’s nice that we get to spend Thanksgiving study-free. But then the monster of 2 weeks of Respiratory Block looms once we return. O_O
Also, I’ve always thought that the juxtaposition of Black Friday (known for its violence and ruthlessness) right after Thanksgiving (a time of kindness and reflection) is quite a curious one. Here is a video that examines this topic. I watch these guys (Just Kidding Films) religiously every Sunday at Midnight when they release their weekly video. One of these days, I should blog about why they are my favorite Youtubers.
Randomly saw this page. I know, it’s Buzzfeed, but anything that has to do with traveling gets me excited. It’s pretty cool that out of this random list, I’ve actually been to 3 out of the 27 they listed. According to this random sample with n=27, I have seen 11.1% of the world!
The Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States
circa 1994-96 (family photo not available… probably in a book album in California)
Bamboo groves of Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan
September 18, 2008 (Japan trip with my dad)
Cenotes of Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico
September 9, 2013 (Cancún trip with my dad)
No matter where you are, no matter what’s going on in life, it’s easy to get lost in the little details (med school drama) and forget about the big picture.
I live in New York City. That’s pretty awesome. Even though I’ve become so numb to it, sometimes I still have to pinch myself.
I still remember hearing this song play in Times Square on the day of my interview at SUNY Downstate in November 2011. That was the day that I thought to myself, “Man, this could be it. This could be my city. That would be insane.” And it happened.
Started from the bottom, now we’re here!
I actually know some of what they’re talking about d/t Pathoma. But I’ve read none of the non-Autonomics lectures. ECM Midterm (I call it a Fall Final) tomorrow. Cardio final is next Wednesday before Thanksgiving. What an unexpectedly intense stretch of 2 weeks, ameliorated only by the notion of a study-free holiday weekend.
A centimeter or more.
A mediastinal mass that involved the pericardium.
Thymic mass. Terrible Lymphoma. Thyroid. Thoracic Aorta. Teratoma.
As a Carrel 5C resident, I live in 5 out of 9 carrels. C for CBL, D for ECM, B for Histo-Path, G for POPS/Micro, and H for Gross Path.
So nomadic. So free. And yet… so imprisoned.
“The only people you need in your life are the ones that need you in theirs. Don’t make someone a priority if they only make you an option.”
Once you realize the meaning behind that seemingly cliché yet profound quote, move forward and donut forget to smile!
lol @ Richard’s face — a post-exam game of Munchkin @ Red House
What went wrong this weekend? I guess the main thing is that I got super lazy after the Heme Onc final. It’s pretty hard to try to have a gung ho weekend of non-academic productivity after going so hard the past week. Sigh.
It’s Sunday, 4pm. The weekend’s almost over. I’m on a train to Chinatown to get a buzz cut–finally. I’ve been talking about it for a while now but never went through with it.
Then I plan to go running at Prospect Park for the first time with Autumn colors… But I doubt the sun will still be out by then. It’s a shame, because I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now as well.
Are the habits that you have today on par with the dreams that you have for tomorrow?
I’ve only been watching basketball closely for the past two years.
What started it? Linsanity.
Jeremy Lin’s unlikely rise 2 seasons ago was incredibly inspiring.
Last year, Steph Curry was a thrill to watch, and his work ethic is something we can all learn from.
To me, watching basketball means more than just entertainment. It’s about watching these guys be awesome after going through so much dedication. I root for them like they’re my bros.