As a senior, I have been asked by a few of my loved ones what I may want for a graduation gift. I’ve discussed with a few of my fellow graduating friends and we came up with a pretty solid list of ideas for those of you with no clue what to get for your loved one. I tried to include a wide variety of prices for the items so that everyone could find something to fit their budget. The list is made with college graduates in mind but could definitely still work for high school graduates as well!
What is great about coffee makers is you there is such a diversity of prices, colors, and choices that you can personalize this gift to whoever you are buying it for. The one pictured is from Target and is priced at $99.00. This is the first thing I personally asked for because I know I’m gonna need constant access to coffee in med school and it’ll help me save money by making my own coffee more often rather than buying it. To personalize it even more you could include a travel coffee cup or a really cute mug.
For women entering into the professional world, bags by Dagne Dover are perfect. Although they are a little pricier (the one pictured is $145) there is a wide range of options, colors, and every bag is filled with organizational compartment sand pockets making them ideal for a graduate trying to stay on top of things.
Graduating often means moving out and getting one’s own place. A great gift to ensure a grad feels homey in her new apartment is super cute dinner plates. I adore the Anthropology home goods section and fell in love with these plates. They’re so cute and you can buy one for only $10.00 and mix and match colors. They’ll go in any kitchen and add a lot of personality to a new home.
Cute Themed Gifts
I absolutely love Francesca’s graduation gifts this year. They have mugs, frames, and wine glasses for super reasonable prices. The one pictures is only $16.00 and I think it is so precious especially with the removal grad cap.
I hope this helps with your shopping needs and to those of you graduating this year, congratulations!!!
Happy first day of May! It finally feels like spring to me – I’m wearing shorts, all I want to do is study outside, andddddd my school work is finally slowing down (woo hoo!). I submit my research thesis and a large paper for class in today leaving only finals and a writing portfolio left. What does this mean? Well, I can take some time to enjoy myself this week. I want to spend time outside, catch up on my reading, and maybe get some writing in for fun.
I’ve recently started a writing a new book that I’m super excited to get into once I have the time. I did little character profiles for the two main characters so now I cannot wait to create them. Additionally, I started reading a book last week I could only get two chapters into before needing to dedicate almost all my time to thesis work so it’ll be nice to get back to it. Reading outside in the lovely weather would be ideal!
What are your plans for the week? Any ideas on how to enjoy the beautiful spring season?
The 2018 application cycle is about to come under way for medical schools. One of the first steps of the application process is actually deciding where you want to apply to. The average student applies to about 20 schools. I applied to 15 myself and there was a rumor going around my school that someone applied to 75. That may seem like a good idea but applying to that many schools can get expensive fast so you may want to be a bit pickier.
Here are some of the factors I took into consideration when creating my list of schools.
Location, location, location
You’ll be spending your next four years here so you want to be happy. I knew that I couldn’t stand being too far from my family even if I liked the school so I decided to only apply to schools on the east coast.
Out of State
When applying to schools out of your state, look into how ‘friendly’ they are to out of state student. You want to apply to schools that let a fairly high percentage of out of state students otherwise you may waste an application on a school that is not likely to let you in.
Review student profiles
Medical school websites often have student profiles from the past few years that include majors, research experience, average GPAs and MCAT scores. Comparing your own profile to theirs will give you an idea if this school is a realistic option for you. You want to apply to schools that match your own profile.
Review with your advisor
After compiling your list, review with both your academic advisor and your pre-health advisor. They’ll help ensure that your list is appropriate and reasonable based on your credentials.
All medical schools will help you become a doctor, but there are a few things you want to consider when investigating programs. Does the school rank? Is class lecture-based or team-based learning? How early will you get clinical experience? All of these options are good but you need to think about what is best for you. If possible, try to get contacts in the school and ask them about their own experience.
I hope this helps and best of luck with the application process!
Well, I can officially announce that I will be attending the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont as a member of the class of 2021 (that’s a mouthful haha)!! To say I am super excited is a drastic understatement. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Closer Look Day up in Burlington which was a great chance for admitted students to see if UVM is the right fit for them.
The day started with a continental breakfast buffet complete with coffee and bagels (all the necessities). It provided me a chance to meet and mingle with many of my potential classmates which was great. I was nervous I would come off as super young since many people don’t enter medical school right after college or that everyone would think I was too chatty and possibly insane (a definite first impression when it comes to me). However, I clicked with quite a few people and I’m looking forward to getting to know them all better in the fall.
Quite a few professors spoke including the dean detailing specific aspects of UVM’s program, clinical approach, and hospital patient profile. Then the admitted students broke up into smaller groups. I was in a group of about 15 where we got to rotate around the medical school and discuss key aspects of the curriculum that make UVM different with both professors and current students.
The class Professionalism, Communication, & Reflection (PCR) was discussed which meets once a week to discuss important themes in medicine that are not taught in class. Topics include facilitating professionalism and working with patients with special needs. Additionally, we got to explore simulation labs and listen to a dummy’s simulated heart sounds and attend a diversity panel.
For those of you starting the application process, I highly recommend checking out this school’s program to see if it’s as good of a fit for you as it is for me – especially since it is very friendly to out-of-state students (an important aspect to consider).
So, this past week was very stressful for me for both good and bad reasons. I had a lot of schoolwork including presentations, tests, and papers and busy travel plans that included flying (something I am afraid of), driving, and meeting lots of new people. As I mentioned last week, I went up to Vermont for Closer Look Day at the college of medicine – a post is in the works detailing more about that later in the week. Overall, it was just a lot.
With this in mind, my goal for this week is to relax a bit, while still being productive. Although I still have work to do and assignments to finish, I want to keep a calmer and healthier mindset. Thus, I pulled pictures that naturally slow my breathing down and paint a soft smile on my face including lavender, water, soft textures, and dogs (because what makes you happier than a dog, I ask you?!). I always take a nice long bath when I’m having a tough time with my anxiety so I definitely plan on pulling out some bath bombs this week to help me with my goal.
What do you all do when you’re feeling anxious? I hope you all have a refreshing and stress-free week and, as always, check out my friend Kendal’s board too!
Finals are going to be coming up sooner than you know it… *insert groan here* After four years of college finals, I’ve accumulated some tricks for planning and sticking to a study plan in preparation for exams.
Write it down
I always either physically write out study schedules in my bullet journal, planner, or I create an excel spread sheet to assign and track hours. I include the day, times, and subjects. I try to assign study times to the morning because I know I work best then. For example, on Tuesdays I don’t have class until 1:00 so I would write 9:00-11:00 immunology, 12:00-1:00 anatomy.
If you know you cannot study for four hours straight, then don’t assign yourself that. It’s just setting you up for failure and that will discourage you from sticking to the rest of the plan. Set realistic goals and if you surpass them, that’s even better!
I always study better if I alternate subjects meaning that I work on immunology for two hours, take a break, then study anatomy instead of continuing to overload on immunology. It helps me stay fresh and prevent zoning out.
Assign certain classes to your study hours but be even more specific than that – perhaps you write down that you’ll reread chapters 1-3 or will be meeting with a study group to review key concepts from the first month. The more specific your assignments are, the more likely you are to accomplish everything you want.
I hope some of the tips help. Best of luck studying!
Today is a super big week for me! I have an important immunology test, I am defending my two year thesis project, visiting home, and I will be visiting the medical school I’ll be attending in the fall. I am both super excited and super nervous for all these events. I put the business look and classic scrubs with coffee to reflect the important things coming up and then added in class pink, spring-time images to keep me calm and happy.
The past two years I have been working on an independent research project that I will be defending to a committee this week. Then, I will be heading up north to visit with my family for a few days before driving to Vermont for a ‘Closer Look Day’. I am so so so pumped for this! I’ll be able to tour the school again, get a better look at Burlington, and hopefully meet some of my future classmates. I’ll definitely be doing a post about it next week so keep an eye out for that.
I hope you all have a fabulous week and, as always, be sure to check out my friend Kendal’s mood board as well!
This past weekend, my friend Kendal and I went to the Origins event in Raleigh South Point Mall. It was the launch of their line A Perfect World and it was sponsored by Influenster. Influenster is a free blogger network with tons of product reviews.
At the event, we were treated to samples, a fun tea reading (apparently I’ll be taking care of six kids one day?!), and free facials. During the facial, I was allowed to test the A Perfect World line.
I’ll preface by saying that I have super sensitive skin. Once, after washing my make up off, my roommate thought I had to go to the hospital due to an allergic reaction – that’s how red I was! This makes it difficult to find products that won’t cause flare ups or discomfort on my skin. With that said, I LOVE this line.
I have dry skin but the product is designed for all skin types in mind. I purchased products without SPF just to ensure they wouldn’t cause my skin to freak out. I bought three products: Antioxidant cleanser with white tea, Age-Defense Skin Guardian with White Tea, and Antioxidant moisturizer with white tea.
The products felt lovely on my face and my skin did not react to them at all (a first for me)! The white tea smells lovely and clean without being overpowering and after use, my skin felt smooth for hours. I’ve been using this regime now for a week and have noticed a huge change in my skin. It is less reactive and less dry and flaky. I do the routine in the morning and use the moisturizer as a nice base for my make up and then again during the evening.
All in all, I highly recommend trying out this new line!
How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, M.D. is on many lists of what to read before entering medical school. Thus, this past month, I thought I would check it out. I was surprised to learn that it was actually not written with aspiring doctors in mind, but rather it was written for patients to hopefully aid them in better interacting with their doctors.
The goal of this book is to provide both patients and doctors better information so that they can make better judgements, diagnoses, and treatment plans together.
Now, as noble as that can sound, it also does not sound like a truly exciting book to read, but don’t be discouraged. I really enjoyed reading this book! Groopman includes multiple stories from his own work as well as from his colleagues that are gripping, heartbreaking, and interesting. Often, you are following the doctor’s thought process and he/she tries to correctly diagnose a patient with an unclear problem. Almost each chapter has a mystery patient and as Groopman goes through it, you learn how the doctors approach the problem, how their medical training influences this approach, and how sometimes their approach is flawed leading to complications.
I found this so interesting because as an aspiring doctor, it is important for me to understand some of the pitfalls that doctors can have in their thought processes when making a diagnosis. For example, Groopman describes a woman who had Celiac disease but was constantly diagnosed with psychological disorders instead due to a cognitive bias the doctors had.
The book ends with Groopman’s advice to patients on how to best interact with doctors including what questions to pose, how to describe symptoms, and how to handle non-ideal doctor patient relationship. I think this advice is useful for any patient and all doctors to consider moving forward. All in all, I highly recommend reading this especially for people considering the health field!