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What if you don’t get into medical school…

 

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If you truly want to become a physician, whatever your reasons may be. You can do it.

Becoming a physician is NOT a race. & I repeat. Becoming a physician is NOT a race.

Yes, it’s annoying when you see your friends go through medical school and residency. Yes, it’s annoying when you feel like you are so far behind. Then you ask yourself, why you can’t be there with them? Trust me, I have been there. And you won’t get far moping and whining. Done moping and whining? Let’s move forward!

The process of getting into medical school is a learning process. You learn so much about yourself — mentally and physically. So don’t be too hard on yourself! We are only human!

If I don’t get into medical school with my first attempt,  I plan to re-evaluate my application and go from there.

My recommendations include (Which I’m doing now!!):

#1 Call or make an appointment with medical school advisor

This is your chance to ask the committee yourself, what is missing in your application? How can you strengthen your application for the upcoming cycle? Even though your medical school/physician friends will offer well-intended advice, the experts know best since after all they are the ones looking at your application.

#2 Volunteer

This might sound cliche. But volunteer smarter. Volunteer your time with something you are passionate about and not just an ‘I’m volunteering because I want an extra volunteer story in my updated application.’ The committee can see when you volunteer to just volunteer or when you are giving your free time to something that interests you and where you are growing from it. Make your time worthwhile, because you deserve it!

#3 Work

Just because you want to become a physician in the future does not mean you have to work in the medical field while you wait for your acceptance. You’ll have the rest of your life to work in the clinical office, emergency department, OR…etc. Take a dip into other positions where one day you can connect with non-medical personnel!

#4 Special Masters Program for Pre-Health students

There’s a handful of special masters program (SMP) out there where you can increase your chances of getting into medical school if you perform well. Some programs have guaranteed interviews if you get X.XX GPA and XXX on your MCAT. Do your research!  These programs are hell-o tough (&& expensive), but if you work hard it’ll help your chances of getting into school.

Just sharing a few of my tips that I will be looking into in the next couple months! I’d love to hear any other tips you may have!!

Happy Monday!!

Nhung

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2018 goals.

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Happy new year!!

There’s something about a start of a new year that motivates you to be positive about the year ahead. Start of a new chapter?

I’d like to share a few goals I have in mind and  hope to have some ticked off by the end of the year, if possible!

In no particular order!

#1 Downsize!

This will be the year I will downsize and only buy things that I need, not things ‘I plan to use in the future,’ Anybody else do that? I have way tooo many things and those things causes me stress since I am also looking for reasons to use them (i.e. clothes, kitchen clutter, bags..etc). Less stuff = stress free.

#2 READ MORE BOOKS

I probably read about four books last year and I’m going to try to double that number to eight! I dare myself!! Challenge accepted.

#3 Self love 🙂

I tend to put everyone first before I put myself. But it’s okay to be selfish sometime! That’s what I am going to do from time to time this year! It’s okay to say no, and just have dinner by yourself. It’s okay to be a homebody and pamper yourself!

#4 Get into medical school

I am still waiting to hear from medical school. It’s nerve wrecking. But I know nothing always goes as plan. It is OKAY if I don’t get into school this round. There’s always next application cycle. More on this on the next blog.

#5 Travel more

Have you seen how massive this world is?! I’d love to travel more, if possible. Even if it’s to places I have never been in my own hometown.

#6 Learn a new language

I’ve been toying with this idea for the longest time. This will be the year where I can speak and read Spanish a little more than last year. A little each day goes a long way. (I use Duolingo!)

#7 Do something I’m scared of!

Public speaking. I get nervous about having everyone’s eyes on me and then my voice cracks. I want to work on public speaking this year and do a speaking event. It makes me nervous to think about that!

#8 Spend more time with my love ones

I get so wrapped up in my work and looking into the future that time flies oh-so-quick! Most important thing in life is to spend as much time as you can with your love ones because they matter most!

extra goal: Blogging on a schedule. I have been so random at blogging that it doesn’t make any sense! Life has been so busy and I need to work on a thing called time management!

May this be your best year yet!

xoxo,

Nhung

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stress eating.

I have a tendency to snack while studying (or during stressful events) and for the longest time, I was binge eating on unhealthy snacks (potato chips, candy bars, fries, cookies, more fries..etc). I would feel awful at the end of the evening and somehow I ended up eating the same things the following day.

For the past couple of months, I have been slightly better at munching on healthier snacks. I usually buy more from the produce section (especially when fruits are on SALE! the cantaloupes here were only $1.28! what a steal!) Here’s a peek of what I bought this week:

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BOOM CHICKA POP (amazing!!!! — I usually eat more than the recommended serving!)

cantaloupes

bananas

Asian pears (one of my favorites)

Nature Valley bars (Oats n’ honey, sweet & salty nut)

vita coco (I’m testing to see if coconut water DOES really help my skin)

sanpellegrino & perrier (to help supplement my soda cravings)

Lindt dark chocolate (it’s one of the better chocolates!)

For the fruits, I like to pre-cut the night before and pop it in the fridge. That way you would not have to worry the morning of and just grab and go!

Since I have switched to eating healthier snacks (I still sneak in a couple junk food here and there! hehe), I noticed my mood is slightly better, I lost some lbs and have more energy to study after work.

I would love any suggestion snack suggestion!

xoxo,

Nhung

FYI: My opinions are my own and results may not be the same for everyone! Let me know if you have any questions!

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note abbreviations.

 

I like to write notes rather than typing them! Do you? There’s something about pen and paper 🙂 (More reasons to buy stationary!! hehe.) I have come up with a list of abbreviations/shorthands that I often use while writing my MCAT notes!! It might not be new for some but I thought I share some of my commonly used abbreviations!

 

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  2. doesn’t have, none, no
  3. with
  4. amino acid
  5. negative
  6. positive
  7. water
  8. reaction
  9. because
  10. phosphate group
  11. increase
  12. decrease

 

 

 

Do you have any abbreviations/shorthand of your own? I’d love to know!!

xoxo,

Nhung

 

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mini emergency kit.

 

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I like to carry an emergency bag with me around for those just in case mini ‘personal’ emergencies! (or if a co-worker or stranger needs anything!) I’ve had many personal emergencies in the past and a number of people have helped me! Why not pay it forward?

I bought this cute medical bag a couple years ago from Etsy and I still adore it! (I don’t remember the exact store I bought this item from but here’s a similar one!) yay, for supporting small businesses.

Here are a few things in my emergency kit:

  1. bandaids – because all emergency kits need to have band-aids. And besides, I have had my fair share of paper cuts! (those MCAT books, hehe)
  2. hair ties and bobby pins – I have long hair that always gets in my way. Most of my co-workers are males where they carry rubber bands with them — which I prefer not to use.
  3. deodorant- I have run out of the house many times without putting on deodorant and luckily, I have a small one I carry around with me! I don’t want to have BO around my patients!!
  4. Ibuprofen- for headaches, abdominal cramps … etc. These are a lifesaver for those random, out of the blue pains! We do have a gift shop that carries OTC medications but why must they charge so much?!
  5. chapstick- I seriously carry at least THREE chap sticks with me everywhere and at least one stays in the bag in case I forget the others!! I am trying a new lip balm a follower suggested on Instagram! (thanks for the suggestion!!)
  6. energy beans/snack – a little pick me up during those hungry times/low energy. These energy beans are soooo good (I prefer the orange flavored ones). I don’t know if they give me the extra energy but I’ll take it!!
  7. tampons- who knows when mother nature decides to drop in and say hello!
  8. perfume – I like to dab a little perfume around my neck. It makes me feel nicer! and a little fancy 🙂
  9. hand sanitizer – I rather wash my hands when I can but carry hand sanitizer with me just in case I don’t have a sink/soap nearby!

What’s in your emergency kit?

xoxo,

Nhung

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study schedule.

I have a full-time job where I work 0700-1530 M-F. Luckily, sometimes my work allows me to study in between patients! Here’s a glimpse a nontraditional premed’s ‘day in my life’ timeline (on a good day):

0525: First alarm. Time to wake up! Kind of.

0535: Second alarm. The real wake up (the 10 extra minutes really does make a difference!)! Who doesn’t mind sleeping in for a little bit more?!

0615: Hopefully, I’m out the door and heading to the city. The commute from my house to work is about 15-20 minutes on a good day but with traffic, it can take up to 45 minutes to an hour!!

0645: Picking up the boyfriend at his apt so he’s not late for class!! hehe. My boyfriend is a first year in medical school and has classes one building away from where I work. So convenient for now! (I hope I end up at the same medical school but will go anywhere that takes me!!)

0700-1530: Work (I do squeeze some studying in between patients depending on the day — sometimes I can study for a couple hours during work and other times, half an hour! It’s all about time management!!). I either read a short chapter, review my notes or do flashcards in between patients instead of just browsing the internet or talking to coworkers!

1530-1630: I like to give myself a break and give my a little bit of me time! Don’t forget to take a break! Since I work at a teaching hospital and is surrounded by study rooms, I usually head to the study spaces after work.

1630-2100: study time (along with mini 5-minute breaks including dinner!). As of right now, I either review my notes, do questions, take a timed section, etc. etc.

2100: Home-bound, relax and sleep!

April 28th, I’ll be ready for you!!

xoxo,

Nhung

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#MCATmotivationMonday

What motivates you?

I think I am going to do a blog post every Monday until my MCAT about motivation. It’ll be a friendly reminder to myself of why I am doing the things I’m doing. Maybe my motivation will encourage others? I hope so!

What motivates me?

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My family. I wish there were words to explain how much my family motivates me to study hard and do well on the MCAT, but there isn’t. I am so thankful to have such an amazing support system who motivates me daily! They are my best friends. My family not only encourages me to go down the path of being unselfish and helping others but also motivates me to become a better person.

Sending everyone good vibes this Monday morning!!

xoxo,

Nhung

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