Anterior Abdominal Wall

The kids are in bed so the next four hours I’m going to study anatomy. Right now I have about four different textbooks (including the ones on my computer and Ipad) laid out on my bed. Yes, I probably shouldn’t be in bed studying but my desk is too small for all of these books. Crazy, thing is that I need all of them. SMH…literally. I wish all of this information would just magically seep into my memory and stay there. I did sit with my professor today and got a few good tips. Hopefully, they will work.

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P.S. I had a little visitor sneak into the picture that’s supposed to bed in his bed (see tiny little fingers at the top 🙂 ).

~Never give up on your dreams!

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Summer Delight in the Winter

As a wife, mommy of four, and a graduate student sometimes it’s difficult to find quick and nutritious meals. About a month ago I made the decision to make sure that the first meal of my day was a healthy one. I started eating Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal. I would add fruit like apples and/or berries to my bowl to give it a kick. So imagine my excitement (yes I got excited over oatmeal, I’m a simple girl) when @influenster sent me a @Quaker #realmedleys Summer Berry Oatmeal + in their Holiday 2012 VoxBox. Let me tell you the first thing you will notice is the smell. It smells so good. The scent of berries and brown sugar just rushed out of the bowl. Quick and easy is something I love when it comes to breakfast. I just added a little water and 45 seconds later I had breakfast in front of me. So it’s nutritious, quick, and easy. Well, it can’t be delicious right? Wrong! It is so good. The berries just burst in your mouth and the hint of brown sugar gives it a nice punch of sweet. I can’t wait to try more favors and I will definitely be purchasing the Summer Berry Oatmeal +. Who doesn’t want a bit of summer fun in this frosty winter?

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Winter Break Officially OVER!

Classes resume today and I will be dragging my feet to classes today. However, each day is a step closer to fulfulling my dreams so here we go. #embryology #biostatistics

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Holiday VoxBox from Influenster

Just received my first ever VoxBox from Influenster. I am so excited to try out these new products. My box contained NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine in neutral nude, Kiss Nail Dress, Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal, EBOOST energy boost powder, Goody Hair QuikStyle Brush Paddle, and an amazing $25 off coupon from Sole Society. I can’t wait to try out these products. Full review coming soon!

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#NYCNewYorkColor #KissNailDress #QuikStyle #RealMedleys #PerfectPair #naturalenergy

Please not that I have received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. However, any reviews of these products are my opinions alone.

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Dream on Dreamer

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Harriet Tubman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world.”
-Harriet Tubman

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Realizing my dreams

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dreams and wishes. 62/365 (Photo credit: nicole.pierce.photography ♥)

I have recently embarked on a journey to fulfill my dreams of becoming a doctor. I began a post baccalaureate program in August. I just finished my first trimester. There has been many sleepless nights but I did it. There were a couple of nights where I didn’t ever make it into bed because I was studying. What kept me going was my goal? Anytime, I thought that I had to sleep and couldn’t possibly keep my eyes open another second I visualized my goal. I know that sleep is important but sometimes sacrifices had to be made. Unfortunately, some nights sleep was one of those things. I survived these first set of classes and I am so proud of myself. It has been quite a transition for my entire family. I’ve been a stay at home mom for a little over six years. My youngest two children never attended daycare so the transition was much more difficult for them. The first few weeks of daycare was horrible. My 2 year old son would scream and cry while holding on to my legs because he didn’t want me to leave him. My three year old had the same experience. She just couldn’t understand why I was leaving them. It broke my heart so badly one day that I contemplated leaving my program. I sat in my car crying uncontrollably thinking maybe I wasn’t doing the right thing. I was so close to quitting but I remember how last year and even a few months ago I dreamed of the day when I could return to school. Even though it broke my heart to see them so upset I’ve decided that I can’t give up. I hope that one day they realize that not only am I doing this to realize my dreams but also so that they can see that it’s never to late to fulfill there dreams. As a wife and mother of four people often wonder how I do it but I believe it’s something called grace. I know that it’s only the grace of God getting my family and I through this and I am so thankful. I am blessed beyond measure to have the support from my husband and family to pursue my dreams. It’s never too late to  go for that thing God has placed in you. I don’t know what it is but you know. So I say go for it. If God be for you let know man be against you.

May God Bless You

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The Pain of Discipline

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A few weeks ago I wrote about getting up in the morning to study. Needless to say it didn’t last very long. It takes 16-21 days of repeating an activity to make it a habit. Getting up early in the morning is the new habit that I’m trying to form. It is very difficult rolling out of the bed at 4 am in the morning. Look to the right and this is how I feel when I hear the alarm blaring in the morning as my body slowly registers that I need to get up. As painful as it may seem it is very important for me to get up and stay disciplined so that I can reach my goals. Joyce Meyer stated, “I can have the pain of discipline today or the pain of regret tomorrow.” This is my new mantra and I repeat it often. I am studying for the MCAT and have set a new goal of studying for at least 2-3 hours in the morning. My first official day was Friday morning, that morning I got up at 4 a.m. I got fully dressed, sat at the kitchen table and began studying. It is important to get fully dressed because the way you dress often determines how you feel. If you stay in your pajamas it’s going to make it very easy for you to slip back in bed and/or your studying will not be as focused because you are so comfortable.  It became very difficult for me to get any studying done during the day. I have two small children, 15 mos. and almost 3 years old, so it is almost impossible to give my attention to anything other than them. I normally studied at night around 9 pm and stayed up until 12 am however this was not working for me. I am normally exhausted by the end of the day and often found myself rereading paragraphs over and over again because I couldn’t focus on the material. What works for one person isn’t going to work for another person. This is true for non-traditional pre-med students. We have to adjust and readjust often to accomplish our goals. The important thing however, is to not give up.

When and how often do you study?
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Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Military life has been a big part of my family. My husband, my sister, and dad have all served in the military. Countless cousins, uncles and friends have all served. My sister was deployed about two years ago to Afghanistan . Those six months that she was over there were the most nerve wrecking time of my life. She is my little sister and I have always been her protector. I felt so hopeless while she was there. All that I could do is pray that she would be alright. Thankfully, she came back fine. Some many people risk there lives everyday for our country. I can’t wrap my mind around their courageous and self-less spirit. Our veterans and active members are some special people and I am very grateful for their service. To all of our veteran’s, I salute you. Thank you! Happy Veteran’s Day!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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11.11.11

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Today history was made, something has happened that will never happen again for another 100 years. What is it you ask? Today is November 11, 2011 (11.11.11). I am not into numerology so I don’t get what the big idea is about. I sarcastically told my sister, “You know today is 11.11.11. We will never see this day again.” She replied, “We will never see any day again.” I chuckled. This was exactly my point. Yesterday is gone, the day before almost a distant memory. We will never see any of those days again. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. I’ve heard some many crazy things today. Be careful…today is the day of the witches. The pyramids were shut down for fear that people would perform spiritual ceremonies. Maybe I’m naïve but I don’t believe in those types of things. I believe that everyday is special because you never know if it will be your last. Live every day to its fullest and remember each day grants us the opportunity to start anew.

Does this day hold any significance to you?
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Reading is Fundamental

Cover of the Medical School catalog of 1868-69.

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You would be at a great advantage if you have the ability to read quickly and efficiently when you begin medical school. This bit of info was given to me by a current naval medical officer. She suggested that I read at least 30 minutes a day and record the total amount of pages that I have read. It is very important to keep a record of this so that you can gauge whether there has been an improvement or digression. There should be a noticeable improvement if this practice is kept . This will not only help your MCAT verbal score but the other areas of the exam as well. Think about it! With the exception of the stand-alones each area of the MCAT (Biological and Physical Sciences) all begin with a passage. It goes without saying, that your reading materials should include more than fashion magazines and comic books. Although, anything is better than nothing. Of course with the vast amount of information that is given in medical school this can only give you a boost. I look forward to those thick packets of lecture notes with apprehension and awe. Who doesn’t need an advantage in medical school?

Do you keep a reading log?

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