October 19, 2014

Taking Stock #1

I would love to deny how medical school is wearing me down, and say that I'm fine, and that I totally got my game together. Sadly, I can't. The calm before the storm long ended and the storm's currently on the rise. Our block's been past 6 modules already and we will be starting the 7th this Monday. We've been past Pathology, Therapeutics, Hematology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology and Dermatology. Next up is Musculoskeletal.

If last year I almost always got my 8 hours of sleep whether I wanted it or not, this year, I've cut down to 4-6 hours except on weekends, and occasionally when I'm so tired I could not help oversleeping. Honestly, during the week, I feel mentally and physically drained. Good thing I have the weekends to recharge but still, it's hardly enough.

Selecta Magnum
Comfort food, Yum!
Things are getting difficult but I know I have to go on facing life one day at a time. I'm looking forward to Christmas break though. I could really use a break right now.

At this point, I'm finding it hard to keep my sanity, but it is through this that I've learned to find happiness in life's simple things - simple things like waking up from a refreshing nap, catching up with non-med friends, and eating comfort food, and of course, having time to do non-academic things like making this blog post.

Speaking of blog posts, I've been searching for blog ideas and I stumbled upon this relatively easy to do blog post: Taking Stock, from Meet me at Mike's. This is something I can actually sneak in my busy schedule and something I could reread in the future to  remind me of this moment in my life as a 2nd year medical student.

So, here's my stock.

September 8, 2014

Encouragement: Live life one day at a time

Today we will be starting our pharma module, one of the hardest, if not the hardest module this year, based on previous batches' rankings. This nugget of wisdom should get me through the hardest two weeks of this year, so far. I hope this helps you too! 

This is it. Lord help! :)

August 26, 2014

Mocha and The Book Stand

I had been looking for a book stand for about a month when finally, last friday, after LU4's first wave of exam, I found one! I found someone, for the benefit of some handicapped, selling them outside BSLR (our classrooms). I bought the biggest one for 360 php. Medium and small sized book stands were also available for lower prices. Last year, they were selling too, but I did not buy. So next year, if you will be in UP Manila and looking for a book stand, just wait. Someone will be selling again around this time at the same place (hopefully). 

August 8, 2014

The Calm Before the Storm

BSLR West:
our main classroom this year
This week is our first week in school and at last, after a very challenging and troubled enrollment (due to the shift to a new online registration system), we're all back from our 4-month summer break! It's exciting to be back in school, seeing your friends again, catching up, asking the classic question "what did you do last summer?". However, it's a bummer to be back in our uniforms, sitting in lecture halls and listening for hours of lessons. Actually, I wouldn't really want to complain, at least not yet, because this week's been pretty chill. No hardcore medical lessons, just some creative reporting and no-pressure lectures. That's why I can't help but feel like I'm experiencing the calm before the storm.