Fourth Semester Snapshots

July 14, 2014 § 3 Comments

While cleaning up some documents on my computer (out with the old, in with the new), I’ve found some pictures that I’ve taken throughout the semester that I don’t believe have made it to my blog. These little moments are no less important to me than those that actually made it into my posts throughout the semester, so I thought I’d put together a picture post. So, here are some random snapshots from 4th semester.

I’ve added in links to posts I wrote on the same dates as some of the photos, in case anyone wants to travel back in time or get some more context.

January/February: Week long visit to my family in California. (Post: On your mark, get set, 4th semester!)

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My beautiful mama 🙂 From my trip back to California in January

Spotted in Oakland, Ca: daytime roof drinking

Spotted in Oakland, Ca: daytime roof drinking

Valentine’s Day 2014 – Skjalg came home from school to homemade cookies and chocolate covered strawberries and hearts all over the walls of the apartment, each with something I love about him written on them.

March 8th: I see this man all the time. He has 5 of the exact same type of dog and always looks miserable when he takes them out for a walk.

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March 9th: welcoming the spring with another walk (Post: Budapest is Beautiful)

Present from Skjalg found on my iPad

Present from Skjalg found on my iPad

March 10th: another beautiful evening in Budapest

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March 12th: whiteboard gets some use while cramming for our endocrinology quiz in physio

March 14th: and again for our anatomy midterm on the head and neck

March 15th: We had our anatomy midterm on Monday (the 15th was a Saturday morning). Jannie, Skjalg and I stayed in and crammed the entire weekend. That Saturday morning, I was up a little early and headed out for an early morning walk. When I reached parliament, I came upon some kind of demonstration/celebration. It turned out that it was an event to commemorate the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, which sparked the war that led to Hungary’s independence from Austria. March 15th is one of Hungary’s three national holidays. I joined the crowd and soaked up the experience for 15 minutes or so, before heading back home to study.

March 15th: More cramming to be had later in the day. We had to order sushi for lunch – of course! (Post: Second to Last Anatomy Midterm: Check!!)

March 18th: some kind of numbering system in our physio lab book. I got the first 8 on my lab exam in May (so, numbers 1, 4, 5, 8, 7, 8, 7 and 8 😉 )

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March 22nd: sick of pictures of Budapest yet? Doesn’t help that I think everything is so beautiful all the time!

March 30th: A lazy Sunday when Jannie and I weren’t getting anything done while trying to study, so we decided the seize the day, push the table away and enjoy some white wine in the sun. (Post: Spring Forward – you’ll notice this post was written before Jannie and I gave up studying for the day.)

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April 1st: Jannie and I spent the whole day at the library and after it closed at 20:00, stopped in for a tapas dinner and champagne sangria at Pata Negra. As an April Fools joke that day, Skjalg had sent me a text saying that they’d sold our apartment and had to move in June.

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April 3rd: Frustration while studying biochem. Unable to find any information in any book about a topic for our midterm – until I found the paper the lecturer wrote about it online. Then noticed a major typo in one of his chemical formulas in one of his lecture slides. Guess people with M.D., PhD., D.Sc. are also prone to stupid mistakes…makes me feel a little better about mine.

April 7th: Histology consultation. We didn’t have any histology classes this semester and since we needed to know 100 slides for the final, we decided to get a head start and attend some of the consultations.

April 9th: One of the absolutely delicious meals that Jannie and I make while studying. Always some kind of protein, black rice and salad – with plenty of sea salt flakes and drizzled olive oil. Yum!

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April 11th: Stopping in at the Easter market in Budapest before jumping on the train for our weekend trip to Vienna. On the train, we split a mini bottle of bubbles – would have been bigger if that little thing hadn’t been so expensive! (Post: Easter “Break” and Weekend in Vienna)

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April 16th: Studying and bipolar Budapest sky

April 17th: Flowers from my man 🙂


April 20th: Biochem lecture says: drink red wine!

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April 22nd: Prospective dates for the anatomy final are posted – cue panic!

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April 26th: Wouldn’t you like to get woken up by a parade of firetrucks at 8:30 in the morning? Downside of living smack dab in the center of the city.

April 30th: Two shots of the same sky, within 45 minutes of each other. Beautiful and unstable… (Post: Peek-a-boo)

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Same day – 3 very different weather conditions between me, my mom and my brother.

May 3rd: I met Hugo! He’d been reading my blog for a little while and when he came to visit Budapest, asked if we could meet up for coffee. I’m so happy I did because he is an amazing man – smart, motivated and funny! He’s started his own blog, detailing his journey to medical school, check it out!

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May 4th: Jannie’s birthday! Well, the day before her birthday. It is actually on May 5th, but since that fell on a Monday this year, we celebrated on Sunday. Started the day with a home workout, protein shake, protein cake and then once Skjalg woke up, we made a yummy breakfast. After that? A long day of studying! Can’t be lazy when exam period is only two weeks away.

May 6th: Early morning Hungarian cramming. With the other subjects taking up so much of our time, Hungarian gets little to no love. Our oral exam was that day and the only time we had to study for it was that morning. So, we headed to school a couple hours early and did our best with the time we had. Ended up working out perfectly!

May 10th: Keeping myself entertained while studying. Skjalg and Jannie get a makeover and the little night-time bug that decided to stay on my notes for 20 minutes got himself a house.

May 11th: 10 km race starts in the park outside our apartment. They meant serious business with that mini ambulance…

May 13th: Finally! A defense for my high level of stress 😉

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May 16th: Chaos trying to get our Hungarian signatures. We have these grade books called indexes that we have to get signed at the end of each semester (in order to be allowed to take the final exam). These must also be taken with us to all of our exams and then handed in to the English Secretariat at the end of the exam period.

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May 17th: First day of exam period. This was my home for an entire month. Ready, set, go!

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May 18th: Changed up our studying style by watching Kaplan videos on physiology while munching on popcorn and sipping Hell energy drinks. Physio cramming was in full force! (Post: Two semesters of physio lectures….)

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June 7th: Caught ya! Skjalg took anatomy and physio on different dates than Jannie and I, so while we were freaking out about anatomy, he had already started with biochem (as you can see here). (Post: Anatomy Final Exam)
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June 8th: There is always something going on on the street outside our house. Everything from moped gangs, beer bikes, karaoke taxis and party buses. Gives us something to look at when we are cooped up inside all day during exam period.

June 29th: Only 1 more day in Budapest and the wind didn’t want me to spend it studying Programmed Cell Death.

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That about does it! Always fun to take a trip down memory lane 🙂 Even if it is only the past few months.

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§ 3 Responses to Fourth Semester Snapshots

  • Chris says:

    Heya bianca!
    I’ve been reading your blog since I first started studying for the entrance exam and I was admitted for the upcoming semester. I’m very grateful for your blog as it helped immensely!
    If I may, I was wondering if there are a lot of electrical outlets to charge laptops/cell phones with in the lecture halls and generally throughout the university?


    • Buda B says:

      Hi Chris!

      Congratulations on your acceptance! I’m so happy to hear that my blog helped you along the way 🙂 I’m sure you’re getting more and more excited as the summer passes.

      The buildings are unfortunately quite lacking the the electrical outlet department. There is a small library in the Basic Medical Science building (where you will have most of your classes the first two years) that is always packed and that is the only place that has outlets for most of the seats. The main lecture hall (200 something seats) has at least 2 outlets in the front of the hall. There are two small cafés in school and one of them has set up an extension cord with several outlets. The smaller classrooms – where you will have chemistry, biophysics, statistics and Hungarian – all have outlets but you may have to look.

      Generally, in Hungary, cafés and libraries have plenty of outlets. Most students study at cafés like California Coffee Company, Costa Coffee or Starbucks or at libraries, like the one at school or the 24-hour library (Mikszáth Kálmán tér 5.). You can also pay a small fee to use libraries at other universities in the city.

      Hope that helps!

  • Chris says:

    Okay, thanks a lot for the information!


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