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Reflections on my first year of med

Humans are organisms that are constantly changing. Some people change quickly whereas others take a little more time. I personally changed a lot in my first year of medical school and I learned a lot as well. Here’s what I’ve learned.

I learned that medical school is hard work. It’s a constant struggle to get everything together before exams start. It’s a struggle to work consistently every day. There were days that I was just crying because it felt like all of my efforts never seemed enough. I had no choice but to accept it and move on. Hard work often pays off but sometimes it doesn’t and that’s fine too.

I learned that med school ment making sacrifices. And that I wasn’t quite ready for that. This summer I reflected a lot and I actually felt okay studying during my vacation. The reason behind this is that I genuinely like medicine. I like it so much that I’d give up anything in the world to struggle my way through even if all those struggles lead to average results.

I learned that there are always going to be people who gossip (even in university!) and that most of it goes around behind you back. Take my advise and don’t worry about it, there are more important matters in the world :).

I learned the importance of having good friends that motivate you, that are ready to help whenever you need help and that are honest when needed. Big thanks to the people motivated me through my exams, they made me feel more at ease and less stressful which helped me a lot!

I hope you enjoyed this article! Let me know in the comment section what you learned at uni or in college.

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

When breath becomes air 

I’ve tried re-writing this one a few too many times but that’s only because I felt like this review didn’t do justice to the book. It still doesn’t but here we go.

The book ‘When breath becomes air’ is an autobiography written by Paul Kalanithi. It’s the story of a neurosurgeon who gets diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He starts thinking about ‘living a meaningful life’ and he wonders what it takes to achieve one. As he starts cancer treatment he tells about his struggles, his thoughts and his feelings.

The book is magnificently written and it’s ending is bittersweet. It’s book that definitely deserved the attention it got. There were a lot of things I loved about this book but I mainly want to talk about what I learned from it.

  • I learned that life is short, full of unexpected things sometimes the worst things in life come together with the best and if you’re lucky you’ll be around to see the good. If not it’s up to you to create good things in the middle of bad ones!
  • I learned that humans often live life as if life is endless. We even postpone the thought of death itself until someone around us dies. When you think about it there isn’t a single person in the world who is completely ready to die at any given day. There is always something more we want to do, something more we want to realize.
  • I learned that when bad things happen and we get knocked down, we need to keep going and keep pushing.
  • I learned that the best way to live a meaningful life is to give it your absolute best every single time no matter how hard life gets. It’s often easier said than done but it’s all we can do.

I hope you enjoyed this blogpost! I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. It’s a remarkable story that left it’s imprint on me and I’m sure that you’ll find it as special as I did.

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

 

Lokai bracelets

The lokai bracelets have been around for quite a long time now and I’ve decided to write a blogpost dedicated to the many goals they support by selling their bracelets. For those of you who’ve never heard of Lokai bracelets here is some background information. Lokai bracelets are rubber bracelets with two special beads. One bead contains water from the highest point (Mount Everest) and one bead contains earth from the lowest point (The Dead Sea). It’s to remind you to stay humble when you’re high and hopeful when you’ve hit a low.
The thing that makes Lokai bracelets stand out is that a big part of the money they make goes to charities. Over the past few years there were a lot of charities that they’ve supported and keep supporting. To name a few.

  1. Make a wish
  2. Red
  3. Alzheimer’s association
  4. Charity water
  5. BCRF
  6. Oceana
  7. WWF

At this moment they are selling black and white bracelet pack and if you happen to buy a black and white Lokai you’ll be able to choose which charity they donate that part of the money to. You can choose between the following options.

  1. The nature conservancy
  2. The women’s alzheimer movement
  3. American heart association
  4. National pediatric cancer foundation
  5. ASPCA
  6. Autism speaks

They are also selling ‘wear your world’ bracelets ‘to support the International Rescue Committee’s work helping refugees whose lives and countries have been shattered by conflict and disaster’. They will donate one dollar per bracelet and a minimum of 150 000$.

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Hope you enjoyed this article. You can check out the Lokai site here and order a bracelet for 18$! I know I’m getting one soon! Let me know in the comment what you think of these bracelets.

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

Motivational quotes

The last motivational video I put on this blog seemed to be a succes! So I decided to make another one only this time I’ll be giving you my favorite medical/inspirational/motivational quotes. I’ve listed a few that inspired me 🙂 .

  • Skill is achieved through practice. Work hard and dedicate yourself to being better every single day. – Will Smith
  • She was unstoppable, not because she not have failures or doubt but because she continued on despite them. -B. Taplin
  • You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give. – E.O. Wilson
  • Medicine is only for those who can’t imagine doing anything else. -L. Grazette
  • I’ve got a dream and it’s worth more than my sleep.

 

I hope you enjoyed these quotes. Whenever I’m feeling a little down these lift me back up. Somehow they make me smile and help me focus on my goals. Leave your favorite quotes in the comments down below! I’d love to read them :).

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

Challenge update

I’ve noticed quite a few things on this challenge. The main one is that I didn’t follow the perfection plan 100%. I get tired and lazy too and sometimes I really need a day off. But while trying to attain these habits I benefitted a lot.

1. I am way behind with studying
I’m not sure how but somehow I got way behind on anatomy. The thing is that I focus a lot on small details and I don’t want to move on if I don’t know everything just yet. As a result I’m way behind on schedule and I’ll try to get on track asap.

I currently make mini to-do lists and cross what I’ve finished. I have a lot of courses that follow quickly during my exams so I need to start cramming – which is something I wish I could’ve avoided.

2. Social media
I still use Facebook, mostly for educational purposes. For example talking to my mentor or planning a session for physics or chemistry. It’s still very hard to leave all the other things alone though! For some reason people reach out to me to answer questions so I end up having about 10 messages about courses in the evening.

I try to track as much of this challenge on Instagram if you want to ‘follow’ me during this period. I don’t always update pictures but there are a few @Doctorinspe. I try to not pay too much attention to making these pictures look nice. I’ve got better things to do with my time than organizing food and taking pretty pictures. Also I use an app called daymine which automatically sets the date and time so I kind of oblige myself to keep up.

Another thing I did was check the news quite often. There are rector elections currently and both parties are a bad choice for our university -in my opinion. I even felt ashamed of the arguments they used. I can’t believe that these people might become our rector.

3. Healthy food
Since I live at home I’m bound to eat whatever my family is eating and I do respect that. I don’t expect my mother to make something different just for me. This however means that if we’re having french fries I need to eat that too. Yesterday it was mothers day and my mom made a cake, two batches of cupcakes and brownies. Needless to say I couldn’t resist (shoutout to my mom who cooked on her own mothersday).

I also craved chocolate a lot! I made sure that the chocolate I ate was pure (and I do check the label to get 70-80% chocolate) but I have to admit that I also ate Kinder Bueno which is very sweet (but soooo gooooood!).

If I don’t have enough time for breakfast I’ll replace it with a smoothie. It takes me under 5 minutes to make one so I know what I’ll be drinking during my exams.

4. Working out
The past week I went bicycling once and went for a run once. Before sleeping I also did some yoga.
I’ve pushed working out to the weekend which was not a good idea at all. I always assumed that working out took a lot of time but when put in perspective it honestly is not that bad! It usually takes me 15-30 minutes per workout session which is completely fine if you ask me.

5. Sleeping habits
Creating good sleep habits felt weird. I used to have a natural clock which woke me up very early. Even as a kid I’d wake up early in the morning but during high school and university my clock shifted and I would sleep through because I didn’t have anything to do. I set my alarm at 6:00 but because of the pressure and stress I always woke up earlier. My natural clock wakes me up before 6:00 a.m. so I’m quite lucky. If I’m really tired, I’ll wake up at around 8:15.

All in all this challenge was obviously a lot of work. Putting in a 100% everyday was very exhausting and I came to class feeling tired. The thing is that it made me realize the importance of hard work. Everyone can achieve everything they want as long as they are willing to put the effort and hard work in it. It’ll be a struggle but it’ll make the end goal worth it even more. I’m going tot keep trying to put this much effort in everything I do. This challenge will be going on until I go on a hopefully well-deserved vacation.
During my vacation I’ll try to upload something but I prefer to enjoy my vacation. Especially after all of the work I’ll be putting in now. I hope you enjoyed this article :).

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

 

Stressing out!

Medical school is hard work. It takes up your time. It can happen that you get stressed out, worry, and might even get nightmares about failing. That’s how my exams feel to me. The funny part of it is that all of these feelings are unnecessary. Since I have quite a lot of experience with stress and anxiety I wanted to give you my best tips.

1. Don’t worry
Instead of worrying you should relax and keep working on. Worrying will lead to doubt and doubt is the last thing you’ll need. Constant worrying will absorb time and energy and you’ll need these to study and make your exams. All you can do is your best and see how things work out!

2. Work out
I like to workout in the morning. There are a few benefits to this. The first is that going for a run in the morning gives you more energy! You’ll have more energy, feel better and have enough time to study. The second thing is that you’ll probably be more tired in the evening and fall asleep quicker.
Running outside also gives some time to completely de-stress. You’ll be able to shake off some of your feelings and move on.

3. Food is important
Some people don’t eat while studying, others like to stuff themselves. Either way it’s important to have the right nutrients. Go for dried fruits and nuts as snacks, a decent meal and drink some green tea or some coffee during your breaks. Don’t forget to drink enough water!
For me sugar makes me feel more anxious and more on edge. I definitely advise avoiding sugar. If you do want to eat chocolate go for pure chocolate with at least 70% chocolate in it.

4. Talk about it
If you’re genuinely stressed out talk about it with your parents or friends. A listening ear can help more than you think. If you don’t want to talk to your parents or friends about your feelings I advise going to a psychologist. You can trust them 100% and they will be able to provide the help you need. Universities usually provide student psychologists for free so check out your university site for more information.

I hope these tips help you tackle the exam stress. I wish you all good luck with your exams and I’m rooting for each and every single one of you ❤

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

 

Motivational video

There was a video I really wanted to share with you. As you might know I find Will Smith one of the most motivational people on the world. I’ve found a compilation of some of his quotes on talent, skill and the influence of dedication and I wanted to share it with you!
 

Hoping this will motivate you as much as it motivates me! Lots of love ❤
-A doctor in spe