Friday, 27 February 2015
Reading week has not been nearly so relaxing as I hoped it would be, but that's how things go, isn't it?
As it is, I am on one of my coffee breaks and I am planning a trip, something very outside of my usual sort of research.
Next summer (2016) will be my husband's and my tenth wedding anniversary (wow.) We never really had much in the way of a honeymoon since we were, well, poor. We borrowed his mom's car - didn't have our own at the time - and drove to my home province where we spent five days. My husband had never been here, but fell in love with it and wanted to stay, so we moved home a year and a half later and have been here ever since.
I've only been off the Island five times since coming home. Twice for medical appointments. Once for my MCAT, once to pick up my husband when he flew home, and then for my MUN interview. I have not left Atlantic Canada in exactly seven years. And I do mean exactly. Today is, incidentally, the seven year anniversary of my return to the Maritimes.
Never really have been much of a traveller, but lately I think I've been bitten by a travel bug. I spent just over a week in Europe (mostly France, some side trips) for my 17th birthday, and I'd really like to go back. I was supposed to spend the first three days of that trip in London but they cancelled that leg of the tour which really annoyed me. I have wanted to spend time there since childhood.
I'm not one for big cities, but London has held my interest since I was little. I have no idea why, but it has, and I have learned a lot about it and its history over my lifetime because of my interest. Since my husband wants to go there too, plus do a Battlefields tour, I think we're going to do 10-15 days in England and France for our tenth anniversary.
It's going to be a matter of figuring out how to do it on a snug budget, and being able to justify the expense when we're putting so much into my education, but I think it will be worth it if we can manage to pull it off.
My first trip out of Atlantic Canada in 7 years is going to be to Hamilton, Ontario. I would like to follow it up with something a little more... fun. No offence, Hamilton, but you're not exactly a tourism hotspot.
Sunday, 22 February 2015
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Sunday, 8 February 2015
In a job I had a while back, they talked about the necessity of 'painting the picture' - talking about the future in certain terms, not as a possibility, so here we have it.
One year from today, I will have a 4.0 GPA.
Two years from today, I will begin intensive studying for the MCAT.
Three years from today, I will be holding an acceptance to at least one Canadian medical school.
Seven years from now, I will introduce myself with the title 'Doctor' because I will be able to.
I did manage that 4.0 in my first year, and I wrote my MCAT a year earlier than I had originally planned.
Ontario acceptances come out on May 12, five days before the third anniversary of the day I wrote those words. It will be exceptionally fulfilling if I am fortunate enough to be able to fulfil that third point on schedule too.
Keeping my goals in mind throughout this process has helped with the roller coaster I have lived to get here. To be honest, I would never have predicted the craziness that would follow in the time after I wrote those words. The last three years have been exciting, humbling, at times distressing, but overall have been unparalleled in terms of personal growth. At the moment, I am sitting beside my daughter, only a toddler when this started and now only months away from starting school herself, and I am across from my son who has grown from a kindergartener to a confident and independent second grader who drinks tea and analyses the world with a sharp eye.
As I am sitting here, somewhat nostalgic for the quieter times in my past, I am looking forward to the flurry of activity that awaits us in the coming months. If I am successful. If the picture I painted three years ago proves true.
Friday, 6 February 2015
Thursday, 5 February 2015
My first midterm is tomorrow and I'm going to be honest, I've been pretty lazy about studying for it. I've had a lot of extra time so I've been picking at the material. Not terribly stressed about it to be honest.
I was sick over the weekend so basically lost the whole two days because I was asleep on and off. Screwed up my sleep schedule so badly that I've barely been able to sleep the past few nights, hence the posting absence. The extra dark weather probably isn't helping.
January and February always seem to be the hardest months for me. It's been a very mild winter (until this dump of snow) so it can't be that, but it's probably due to the lack of sunlight. Even though every day has a bit more light than the last, it's been months of relative darkness so it's unsurprising, I suppose, that I'm feeling it. I also have had almost no time for swimming because I have five on-campus classes this semester, so I am either at work or in class all day. Less exercise. It is really getting to me and I think I need to get out moving to break out of this funk I am in.
I haven't been completely idle, of course. I've been preparing for my McMaster interview. Reading more, brushing up my analytical skills, making sure I keep oh on the news. Been practicing with another interviewee who has her interview at UBC this weekend (I don't name people on here unless they tell me to, but I know she reads this so good luck!!!) Practicing with someone is, I'm finding, quite useful. It's helping identify my areas of weakness and get used to the more formatted approach which will probably be expected at Mac.
In that vein, I'm going to be practicing with one of my classmates this weekend too. We're going to grab a classroom and do actual MMI style instead of just timing. The whole walk in/say hi/etc. She's interviewing at NOSM right around the time of my Mac interview, so we'll be able to meet up a few times I expect.
I didn't have this much practice prior to MUN, and I felt that went well but it was only their second year doing the TaMMI, so I am not sure how well my experience there will translate to Mac.
I keep forgetting it is February already. My husband's birthday is in ten days and mine exactly a month later. My Mac interview is in 55 days, and I'll hear from MUN a couple of weeks after that.
Kind of funny how MUN takes five months to decide on its non-IP pools while the Ontario schools decide in about 6-8 weeks. May 12 is only seven weeks after my Mac interview, and some schools interview into April. NL residents should start hearing from MUN soon, though, and I'm excited to see who my potential future classmates are. The ones I met were all very nice!