My oldest turned five, and that is his favorite song he told me. Happy B-day little boy! We will celebrate his birthday tomorrow by going to Mcdonalds (they more play than eat there). He is the sweetest boy. So positive and a technophile to the max. He insists on having two iPods. He loves his parents and his grandparents. I couldn’t imagine life without him.
Our washer and dryer went out. I don’t know if I mentioned that we just replaced our washing machine. Some of the siding off our house flew off, and my husband’s car is officially toast. My mom has been nice enough to to some of my laundry especially after we had round two of the flu. It was like a scene out of the aristocrats joke. I <3 you mom! My husband is driving his father’s car while his mom is traveling in Columbia. We are also out of Toradol at work, and people are cranky about it.
I got approved for my first ever credit card. I could never get approved for one before because I didn’t have much of credit history since I payed off my car loan very quickly. I’ll probably use this credit card for primary and secondary expenses when I apply to medical school.
The test in organic went okay, and I turned in my first paper for my history class. I have an environmental science exam on Thursday of this week. I am also officially on my bajillionth version of writing my personal statement.
A big thumbs up goes to all the great mentors and mentees out there who everyday go out of their way to help others and themselves to succeed.
I would like to share a wonderful volunteering opportunity through icoulbe.org. Often, premeds who have families or who are busy with work and school do not think that they have the time to volunteer. I thought this at first, but that is where we must be creative. When researching ideas for ways to expand myself and reach out to other people, I found icouldbe.org (which is a site where you can help teens through an outline of instruction already set up and ready to go by encouragement and advice about the careers that they are thinking about pursuing). Icouldbe.org gives students an opportunity to talk to others in the profession for which they have interests in a safe environment. What I love about icouldbe, in particular, is that I get to interact with youth when I am available to so do it. This gives me greater flexibility in my schedule while being able to assist others. Win-win.
Currently I have two, “year-long” mentees. I love hearing their input and answering their questions. One mentee wants to become a doctor, while the other wants to become a nurse. It’s really been exciting to see how they have grown over the last year. I view it as a personal Student Doctor Network minus the trolls for my young padawans.
So, if you want to learn more:
1. Contact icouldbe.org
2. Go through a backround check (icouldbe.org pays for it)
3. Get paired up with one or two mentees
4. Share your wisdom!
Tomorrow, I take my first organic chemistry exam for the second semester. On Thursday, I have my first history paper due. Next week, I have a test in environmental science.
My brother came home early from his mission to Taiwan. My kids were glad to see him. He called my children little devils in Mandarin. It’s been so cold and miserable here. I can’t wait until the spring when we can have some nice, warm weather. The kids are doing fine. D1 will be five next week. I can’t believe that I will have a five-year-old! How time flies!
I was told yesterday that I needed to be a more aggressive chemist, but how do you be an aggressive chemist without being a gunner and essentially screwing your classmates over which is what I would have done if I had listened to my teacher? I understand that this is the pre-med way. Everyone wants to be on top and will do anything to get there. Some take medications. Some cheat on tests to get further along. I refuse to do these type of things even if it means that I am left in the wind.
I was proud of myself for standing up for what I believe in which involves putting others before myself when I feel necessary for their betterment, making sure that everyone has a fair turn, and helping others succeed. Mind, that I was the first in the class to be done with my experiment and do IR spectroscopy to further analyze my product. Therefore, I wasn’t cutting in line two do a second run when other people had not even done IR for the first time especially when we had a couple hours left for lab time.
I’ve gotten “in trouble” for helping another classmate in chemistry last semester. I definitely have a different view on things than my teacher at times, but this is one thing that I’m not changing on even if it makes me a “poor” chemist.
Anyway, I’m saving my gunnerisms for medical school.