It's that time of the year when I sit and reflect on the year - the highlights, the lessons learned, the challenges, and the celebratory moments. To do this, I use my journal and scan through the many months of writing, laughing, "oOoo'ing" and "Awww'ing" all through the exercise. It is in this moment I … Continue reading Reflecting on 2014: A Year of Greater
Secondaries: Lessons Learned
Let's talk secondaries. Earlier in the summer, when I initially wrote about my plan to tackle secondaries, I was determined to utilize all the Do's and Don'ts I had gathered. My goal: To make sure it was as stress-free as possible. I've been done with them for quite some time now, so this post is definitely … Continue reading Secondaries: Lessons Learned
7 Fun Ways To Get Physically Active
Folks, it's time to get down and dirty with FITNESS! As mentioned in a previous post, working out is one of the strategies I use to manage stress. The benefits are simply POW, out of this world. Not just physically, but mentally. When you exercise you release chemicals called endorphins aka "the feel good" hormones. … Continue reading 7 Fun Ways To Get Physically Active
Strategies For Managing The Stress of The Application Process
The medical school application process can be very stressful. In addition to the overwhelming amount of writing - whether it be the personal statement or the flood of secondaries, there are also the "what ifs", feelings of inadequacy, and the loneliness of the process. There is no doubt that the application cycle can be a mental battle of … Continue reading Strategies For Managing The Stress of The Application Process
Staying organized throughout the application process
As the secondaries continue to roll in, I have been utilizing excel to stay organized. I use a spreadsheet I created on my google drive (so I can access it anywhere) and it's been a great help in keeping me on track and ensuring I'm submitting my secondary apps within 2 weeks as I planned. … Continue reading Staying organized throughout the application process
Brace yourself, secondaries are coming!
I received a few secondary applications this past week and like any med school applicant, I was bursting with excitement and immediately logged into the schools' application system. I read the first prompt, then the second, then the third and then the realization of what lay ahead hit me. The excitement diminished once it dawned on me that: … Continue reading Brace yourself, secondaries are coming!