Sunday, January 5, 2014

A New Year, A New Quarter...

Oh my I am horrible at writing in my blog.  Maybe I can do better in 2014?  I really do enjoy it and when I write in it I always feel better, so why don't I do it more often?!  Who knows...I suppose my excuse could be my new medical school life.  So how's it going you ask?  GREAT!  I passed my first Quarter of HUBI (Human Biology) with flying colors and I got an A and a B in my other classes.   I have to admit I was a little stressed out, ok maybe a lot stressed out.  It.ain't.easy.  I have never studied so much in my life and yet I still felt like I didn't know everything at the level I needed it.  There is just so much information!   Studying for finals was intense.  Full 12-16 hour days of studying with few, small breaks.  By the time I was into the 2nd half of the 6 hour final my brain was ready to explode.  I was so happy it was over with.  Then, the waiting game began.  We waited 8 days for our grade.  EIGHT!  That was EIGHT days into my break that I couldn't fully relax because I wasn't sure of my score.  Silly me though, I had nothing to worry about.  Whew.  I haven't done a happy dance around my house like an idiot since I beat cancer, but the day after Christmas I was dancing around here like a fool.  Frank and Heidi thought I was crazy, but I didn't care, I PASSED QUARTER 1!!!

So now what?  Well, I just enjoyed a glorious 18 days off.  I worked 2 catering jobs, slept, went to a Sun's game, slept, celebrated a few times, attended ASU graduation, spent lots of time with family, hung out with friends, slept, relaxed, played lots of games and slept.  Yes, I slept...A LOT.  Upperclassmen told us we would sleep a lot and I didn't believe them because I was proud of the fact that I was able to get at least 8 hours of sleep almost every night during the quarter.  I didn't think I would be tired.  But man was I wrong.  It took me 4 days to finally feel human again I was that tired.  I would sleep at least 10 hours a night and still feel groggy and lazy.  Goes to show you how much of an effect all that studying with a side of stress does to your body!  The quarter was so busy I didn't even decorate one bit for Christmas!  I know now if I don't do it over Thanksgiving break I won't get it done.  So I decided that if I didn't decorate I wasn't going to send out New Year's cards...so my friends and family I apologize that you will not get the yearly photo of me with the pups.

Quarter 2 begins tomorrow.  I am no longer the new kid on the block.  There are about 30 new kids coming in as Q1's that will eventually meet up with us Q4.  It feels so great to move on.  I am so excited to get back at it tomorrow and to have a clean slate.  I know now what to do to succeed Q2.  I am so much more organized and more than anything I know what to expect.  I wasted a lot of time last quarter doing things I didn't need to do because they were already done for me.  I was unorganized in the beginning and tried different ways to take notes.  Now that I know what works for me I feel like I am ahead of the game and I'm ready to punch HUBI in the face again!  I can do it!!

Aside from enjoying my glorious break I am 2 weeks away from running my first 1/2 marathon.  I still think I'm crazy for doing it because I really hate running.  I thought maybe once I kept doing it I'd like it, and I do kinda, but still I would rather take a spin class or lift weights.  This running for 2 hours at a time is ridiculously boring.  I couldn't imagine training for a full marathon or even those crazy athletes that do Ironman's.  Geez.  I ran for 2 hours today and I feel paralyzed from the waist down.  It hurts...why do I put myself through it?  I guess to show myself I can, just like everything else I embark on in my life.  Another thing I can cross off my list and pat myself on the back for.    Oh, it's not too late to donate to the sick kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital.  Any amount helps, so if you'd like, feel free to donate!  Thank you!!

DONATE HERE!

My batteries are recharged, my brain has rested, I have a new outlook and I'm more optimistic.  Quarter 2 I am ready for you!  Bring it!!

Chat with you all later--I hope it won't be as long.  :)

Love, Erin

Here are some pictures of some medical school friends and some fun over break...





 

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