“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.”―Henry James
February 5, 2013 § 2 Comments
It’s the end of our second day, the craziest of the week. One Hungarian language class, three 1.5 hour lectures (medical sociology, medical biophysics, and medical biochemistry) and one 3-hour seminar on the biochemistry of carbohydrates have left my brain a pile of mush and my writing hand a mangled mess. In keeping with my plan to stay ahead of all my classes, I stayed up until 2 a.m. last night reading about amino acids – so I was beyond tired!
Our seminar on carbohydrates was good for the first 45 min and after that I got totally lost. It could have been because of lack of sleep, or that it was the end of the day, but most likely because I had never heard about 70% of the words she was using. In prepping for the seminar, I had only had time to review a summary in the lab manual and flip through an old lecture. If I had had time to review it fully beforehand, I think it would have been a much different experience. The chapter on carbohydrates in my textbook is 45 pages, so I have quite a lot of reading to make up (and it’s not like those pages are easy to read and process).
As for my lectures on signal processing for physics and amino acids for chemistry, I was happy to find that my reviewing of the topics before the lecture really paid off. Instead of scrambling to note down terms I was hearing for the first time, I was able to process what I had already learned from a different perspective and note down anything not mentioned in the book. It felt like the knowledge was undergoing a sort of “functionality” upgrade, if that makes sense. Going through it on my own gave me a basic understanding and attending the lecture made the information more accessible.
Rina, Charlotte and I had discussed maybe grabbing a bite to eat after the biochemistry seminar. As I was feeling too tired to do anything other than go home afterwards, they headed on as I waited for Skjalg to get out of his lab. After a full day on our butts, we decided to walk home and let our bodies loosen up a little bit. It’s still quite brisk in Budapest and there are some days with snowfall, but I can feel that spring is around the corner.
Tonight is going to be an early night, at least compared to last night. I’m going to review some heart anatomy for tomorrows dissection and lecture, and then hit the hay.
Oh! Before I forget: Skjalg entered one of my photos from the Christmas market in Budapest in a contest by ANSA (Associated Norwegian Students Abroad). Students spending the holidays abroad were asked to submit a photo that described “their Christmas” for a chance to win a gift card worth 5000 nok (about $915) with Kilroy.
Then, today, Skjalg got this email:
I can’t believe it won! We took it as a reward for our hard work 😉 It goes well with the quote I chose for the title of this blog post. I chose it not as a motivation mantra but rather an acknowledgment that I feel, in this moment, that I am living the life I’ve imagined. Here’s the winning shot: