I’m having a case of the Mondays, so therefore I decided to procrastinate studying for a few minutes…
I can’t believe I forgot to post these pictures, took a day, (a while ago now) to adventure to La Sagesse Beach. We got a little bit lost, but we made it there in about twenty minutes from True Blue. It was so incredibly relaxing. There was hardly anyone there. The restaurant was almost empty, but the food was lovely! I indulged in a virgin pina colada – soooooo yummy!
La Sagesse Beach boasts to be one of the top ten most romantic beaches in the Caribbean. I have to agree, it’s so serene, secluded and relaxing.
Check it out: La Sagesse
What if Harry Potter turned in his wand for a stethoscope? Would he have a great impact on the medical community with his problem solving skills and seemingly inherited intelligence?
We’ll miss you Harry, but you are the best wizard we’ve ever known!
This is a highly controversial blog post for me. I’m quite sure all my friends and family have been guilty of asking me one, if not ALL of these at some point. I don’t mind answering or giving a sarcastic response. I’m so immune to it, I barely notice how irritated I am when people ask.
1). When are you done? You’ve been there forever!
I usually shake my head and give some sort of a half smile. “Yeah, I have been here forever, I’ll probably never get out of med school, I’m planning to spend the rest of my life as a student.”
2). Are you EVER going to get married?
Excellent question. I love when people ask this. I typically reply with “I sure hope so.” I’m actually thinking: “Yes, I’m going to get married, but it will probably be long after you’ve been divorced twice, had six kids and filed bankruptcy, best of luck friend!”
3). You’re running out of time. When will you have kids?
Sometimes when I’m super stressed, I literally just say whatever is on my mind. One of my friends had the unfortunate experience of this after they asked me this question. I replied with: “God willing (pause)… as long as my ovaries don’t rot and fall out of me by the time I get out of med school and hopefully by then I’ll still be able to reproduce, but even then if I’m over the age of 35 there’s a high probability that my kids would have some sort of terrible genetic defect causing them to have mental or physical deficits for the rest of their lives.” (drops the mike).
4). How will you ever pay off those student loans? How much debt do you have?
First of all, WHO says crap like this? Oh yeah that’s right… my friends. My response: “I’m planning to have one of my fellow med students surgically remove one of my kidneys so I can sell it on the black market.”
6). Where will you work when you’re done?
“I’m not sure, but while you’re at it, do you wanna go ahead and predict oil prices for me and how the housing market is going to fluctuate in the next year or so. If you could write it down and email it to me, that would be great, thanks.”
7). Are you sure this is what you want to do?
“No not at all, I just simply decided to devote the next X number of years of my life to something that I don’t want to do at all. Yep, you hit the nail on the head.”
10). Why do you want to be a doctor?
Somedays it’s easy to answer this question than others, but typically I just shrug my shoulders and say “I have no earthly idea.”
11). Why did you forget about my birthday, anniversary, wedding, baby shower, etc?
How do I answer this? I was studying for exams – surely you’ll be sympathetic to that. MEH. Probably not.
12). What will you do with all the money you’ll make?
Seriously. I’m trying to figure out how to buy lunch in an hour with the $2.00 I have in my wallet. It’s not like I hit the lottery as soon as I’m done with med school, I’m in tons of debt.
14). Where are you? Why didn’t you like my Facebook post? Didn’t you see (insert life event) that happened?
I honestly stopped responding to these people. I don’t know how to respond or what they want me to say and I’m just done trying to please people. (closes message window).
16). Aren’t you in medical school? Shouldn’t you know this? What are they teaching you over there?
So before I dive across the table and strangle this person. I take a deep breath and give them the stare.
17). (After they tell you an exorbitantly long story). I’m so sorry. Are you in the middle of studying?
Nope, just sitting here painting my nails, nothing important going on.
I know this blog post is full of satire, sarcasm and cynicism. I personally think it’s hilarious and most med students can probably relate to a lot of what I posted. Hopefully, no one gets TOO offended.
If I forgot any annoying questions, let me know in the comments below!
Not only was I super late today, but I walked into class JUST as the teacher started to talk, greeted my classmates around me and sat down. I hadn’t even been sitting for a whole minute before the teacher asked me a question (in an auditorium full of 600+ students). Fortunately, I knew the answer, saving myself some anxiety later.
For the remainder of the class, I was on high alert. If I wasn’t awake before, I was definitely in tune now. I pulled out my notebook to take notes and my binder unclipped sending hundreds of papers all over the place. CRAP. Once I got all my life back together, I looked up and it seemed like the professor was literally STARING at me (I sit in the middle back of the auditorium). I kept thinking to myself WHAT IS IT ABOUT TODAY!? It has to be my shirt or something. UGH.
After class I made a fantastic cucumber-tomato salad and black bean burgers. YUM! I needed that. I studied for a bit and then headed to my favourite coffee place where I tripped up the stairs and spilled my espresso all over me. SERIOUSLY?! (I’m wearing white pants). I can’t win.
I ended up going to one of my favourite restaurants for dinner – Sangria and walked on the beach for ten minutes. Today has been INSANE, but thankfully, the day ended much better than it started!
I remember my first day of class and my white coat ceremony. It was the beginning of a life long adventure that is still continuing. I had a rough transition to medical school – coming from a background of pure business, I had an advantage in talking to patients as well as professors and other colleagues. On the other hand, I had to learn a lot about how to tackle science classes and excel. I’m still a work in progress, but I’m getting there!
1). Learn how you study.
2). Cramming is NOT an option.
3). Get copies of old exams.
4). Be positive and motivated.
5). You are not a doctor… yet.
6). Don’t forget the people that matter.
7). Setting aside time to relax is OK.
8). Organization is key.
9). Be nice to everyone.
10). Study in groups every so often.
BEST OF LUCK! Whether you’re just starting or you’ve been in school for a while, these are some great tips to live by. If you need help studying check out my https://heatherbergdahl.com/2014/10/01/study-tips/
So, it’s the big day. You walk into your exam venue with your heart in your throat. You can barely breathe as you sit down for your exam. You fumble with your power cord and pen as you get situated. Your breathing rate increases and you can feel your palms start to sweat. If this sounds like you, you might have exam anxiety.
It’s natural to have some degree of nervousness going into an important exam, but it’s crucial you know how to calm yourself properly. Here are my 5 ways to stop exam anxiety:
1). Take a deep breath.
Three to be exact. Take three deep breaths. Inhale completely and hold it for a moment and then release. If you find your nervousness starts to come back, repeat the deep breathing.
2). Grip your chair.
While seated grab the seat of your chair and grip it as hard as you can and release. This helps you focus on something else and helps relieve tension.
3). Get to your exam venue EARLY.
Nothing will make you more anxious than being late. Make sure you set plenty of alarms and get there early!
4). Think positive thoughts.
My mantra is usually “I’m not missing more than ten because I’m going to get an A on this. I’ve worked hard, I put in the time and I know my material very well. I’m more than prepared. Now it’s time for me to show what I know.”
5). Avoid stress pots.
You know exactly what I’m talking about. The student that is sweating bullets, still trying to review material minutes before walking into the exam. Don’t just walk, RUN away from these people. You do NOT need their anxious energy.
Best of luck on your exams!!!