The best way out is always through

December 1, 2013 § 4 Comments

Quote by Robert Frost

It’s a little over midnight and while limos transporting screaming partygoers pass on the street below, I’m wrapping up a semi-successful day of studying. It was semi-successful in that I didn’t get done as much as I wanted to – though that never happens. I’ve been better about setting smaller goals for myself. One of my group mates Sophie said that, when asked how studying is going,ย the number one response is “slooooowwww”. She then mentioned that this is because we set such huge goals for ourselves that whatever progress we do make seems negligible in comparison. So, I’m trying to stray away from the “study physiology” type-task towards smaller more realistic ones. Plus, checking off the boxes makes me happy ;). This is my current to-do list. I don’t normally write things down, but things are getting too crazy not to.

To do 1 To do 2

Thursday’s exams went more or less as expected. Less in that I think I actually did well on my physiology exams (though it may depend on how the open answers are graded) and more in that it didn’t go well for the biochem midterm. The hours leading up to the exams were gruesome. It’s a horrible feeling to not be able to do what you know you would be capable of doing if you had more time. In order to motivate myself to keep studying, I had to listen to my favorite motivational video on repeat for about 2 hours (while studying of course). In the end, my decision to switch my focus to passing the physiology exams might work out in my favor. All the exams we take during the semester are averaged and then added to each of the three sections of our semi-final exam as bonus points. I’ve done decently well this semester, and with the opportunity to improve two of my lab grades, I might be able to get full bonus points. However, I will need to land at least a 3 and a 4 on the next two seminar exams and get a 5 in the final lab exam. It’s a big challenge, but I am definitely going to work for it. Would be great if I could pull it off!

Tomorrow Jannie and I will be getting together to prepare for the lab exam in biochemistry. Unfortunately for us, we have the biochemistry lab exam the day after our physiology lab exam in the last week of school. Talk about going out with a bang! Hopefully we’ll feel a little more confident after getting a head start.

Steven Se(a)gal - Special circulations

“Steven Se(a)gal – Special circulations”. Finding a little humor in the day is key ๐Ÿ˜‰

Food prep: check!

Food prep: check!

Biochemistry book unintentionally referring to cats as a source of protein? Probably not, but someone must have thought so because they've changed it to a chicken in newer versions :P

Biochemistry book unintentionally referring to cats as a source of protein? Probably not, but someone must have thought so because they’ve changed it to a chicken in newer versions ๐Ÿ˜›

Finally broke 400 hours of studying! Starting from Sept. 23rd.

Finally broke 400 hours of studying! Starting from Sept. 23rd. Only 10,000 more to go before we’re done with medical school!

Skjalg studying at a cafรฉ near the Basilica.

Skjalg studying at a cafรฉ near the Basilica.

After our physio lecture on Friday night, Jannie, Skjalg and I stopped for some mulled wine. It was nice to escape for a little while and talk about what an amazing experience it is to study here.

After our physio lecture on Friday night, Jannie, Skjalg and I stopped for some mulled wine. It was nice to escape for a little while and talk about what an amazing experience it is to study here.

The Christmas markets have finally opened in Budapest. I am so excited because we live right next to them and will get to walk by them everyday :D

The Christmas markets have finally opened in Budapest. I am so excited because we live right next to them and will get to walk by them everyday ๐Ÿ˜€

Physiology lecture notes from this semester. I'm looking really, really forward to going through all this before the semi-final...

Physiology lecture notes from this semester. I’m looking really, really forward to going through all this before the semi-final…

Beautiful view on an evening walk with Skjalg. I love all the lights that get put up for Christmas. Definitely my favorite time of the year :)

Beautiful view on an evening walk with Skjalg. I love all the lights that get put up for Christmas. Definitely my favorite time of the year ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoying life - even if only for a moment.

Enjoying life – even if only for a moment.

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