“Who is Frau Aufbau?” D1 asked the other day. We were obviously listening to EK Audio Osmosis in the car (if you have listened to these CDs, you know what I am talking about). So I told him, “It’s not a person. It’s when electrons are added to the shell with the lowest energy first.” D1 then asked, “Do electrons hurt people?” “Yeah sometimes,” I replied.
Working 12+ hour shifts daily is not conducive at all for MCAT studying. I’m currently almost done with EK Lecture 2 which covers gases and kinetics. I’ve been trying to get ahead in my organic chemistry class, so I’ve been spending a lot of time reading my organic chemistry book. Thankfully, a lot of my EK review material overlaps with the things that we are currently doing in organic chemistry.
Things are starting to “click” more, and I’m slowly getting into the groove of what the MCAT expects. I’m inspired by those on SDN who are getting high 30s; they are amazing! There have been a lot of changes lately with starting daycare, picking up an extra job, children who are always learning creative ways to get into things that they shouldn’t, constant volunteering opportunites, starting swimming again, and my kids starting swimming lessons this week. Considering everything, I’m probably going at the studying pace that should be expected for me at this stage in my life.
This week, I’m skipping to EK chapter 6: Acids and Bases since we are going to be reviewing all of these concepts over the next week in organic chemistry anyway. The five month mark until the end of January MCAT dates is now here. I have five months to prepare if I want to take the MCAT “early” so I can apply to some local special master’s programs in my area.