Friday, March 24, 2017

Count down

Well heading into the last 3 weeks of the semester.    Kind of stressful.  Especially today I need to be studying but I'm just feeling pretty down and can't concentrate.   So I am just going to lay here for a bit get my mind together and then get back at it.  

Since I am an IMG i have to register with the ECFMG to take the step 1 and pay for it.  Besides making a big dent in my very anorexic bank account it was very exciting and scary.   So close to the next step of this journey but there are still things to get done before that. 

Pass the semester 
Pass COMP (NBME exam) we have to pass before our school lets us take the step.   We get 2 weeks after the final to study for it.   
And then after that take step 1 and get a decent score so I can apply to the residency of choice.  

And after that it's moving to Florida for 6 weeks and then off to who knows where for the next 2 years...    

Like I said exciting but scary.  But I'm lucky to have this opportinity and I don't want to mess it up.  

The rest of life has been moderate.  I have neglected gym time for study and a few extra minutes of sleep or doing nothing.   I kind of don't have the capacity to care about that anymore even though I know it's important.     At this time I have to pick my battles.  

My little one is doing well. Actually not very little she will be 15 in a few days.   I love that she is doing so well without me but then it's kind of like she is doing just fine without me. 😕.  

Anywho.   If anyone happens to read this I hope you have a good day. 😊

Friday, January 27, 2017

Last Semester!!!!


So we are just finishing up week 3 of my final semester here on the island.  It has been a bit of a challenge to not procrastinate.   This semester we have Tuesday & Thursday off for hospital visits, Simulations, and other stuff.   So it appears to be a lot of "free time" , but that is so not the case.   Along with all the studying needed for our minis  we have to prepare for our COMP which a comprehensive NBME final we take before we take STEP 1.  

I have found that I have to stay busy.  So I have a few extra responsibilities this semester. 

Vice President of Finance for Phi Delta Epsilon
Student Government Information Technology Chair
End of Semester Banquet Committee. 

In reality they don't take up much time maybe 4-6 hours a week, but the urgency and drive to keep everything done helps me stay focused.  

I am also ( like every semester)  trying to work on being more consistent on going to the gym and taking care of myself.   I am also on an initiative to "Love Myself".  I know super cheezy.  But its important for me.  Without getting to sappy, I think I have always compared myself to others.  And I want to just be happy with who I am, while also working to improve things for myself not for anyone else... 

I am going to start being more active on my Instagram @NyWood79 maybe post some videos and stuff.  

My little one is doing great!  She has been making great grades in high school.  (where does the time go).  Dance season is about to start up.  She was really excited because she got to get a solo choreographed by a guest choreographer.    Super Proud of her... 

Well I guess I should get back to work.  I am way behind on completing UWorld round 1 by end of the semester.  

See you later alligator. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays everyone.  This is the first Christmas in a long time where I have been alone.  

I'm a little bummed but killing my time watching horror movies and made me some lentils for the first time.   So that's cool I guess.  


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Almost there...

So I will be going into my last semester on the island in January. I am so looking forward to going home and seeing my kiddo.  

I am staying here over the Christmas break so I am bored out of my mind.  I had planned on studying up for next semester but so far I have not been very successful at that.  

Other than that not a lot going on. 

Congratulations to my amazing friend on the birth of her very first little one.  Love you. Can't wait to see you guys.  

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Where has the time gone...

So much has happened since my last post, yet nothing has changed...

Started M2 back in August.  I am enjoying the pathology and clinical focused medicine a lot.   But it definitely has its set of challenges.  The schedule is pretty different and there is plenty of work trying to prepare for your upcoming mini and start to sprinkle in Comp and Step Study.

I am looking forward to going home in April.  Unfortunately I have not been back home since last Christmas so its kind of stressful.  The positive side of having to stay here over the break is working the Welcome Committee. I get a chance to meet new students and see them around campus and provide encouragement or share a laugh.

I also moved closer to campus.  I love my place!  Unfortunately its more expensive but I have found that I really like the flexibility of being able to come and go to and from campus easily.

My kid started high school.  Its pretty painful that I am not there.  I feel like I have missed out on so many things.  And there are little things that I can not control from here and its a bit challenging.

I guess for the most part that's about it.  Study , test, repeat.  I think that's how I fell off posting, It didn't really seem like I had much to talk about.   I am going to try and post more to really challenge myself to think about what I am doing and strive for improvement.

Back to the books...