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End of Premed Journey Update

Hey everyone. I haven’t forgotten about this blog but this last semester was pretty grueling. I have to say, organic chemistry was a lot of work but it wasn’t quite as hard as the bio chemistry class I took this semester. I didn’t think it would be so challenging but we definitely had a professor who stuck it to us. Not to mention I had some pretty crazy ordeals take place this semester.

Just before our biggest exam my car was broken into and all of my notes from the semester were taken (… along with my electronics in my backpack but my greatest concern were my notes). Just a few weeks later would be our final.

Needless to say I had to buckle down and work doubly fast to make up for all the notes from lectures and online content that I had accumulated the entire semester in preparation for the final and my exam which would be in just a few days. Unfortunately my professor could care less that everything from all my classes were gone with exams quickly approaching. There were no accommodations or extensions. It was not easy. They were definitely tears. But I made it through and maintained my A! I’m pretty sure less than a handful of us were able to pull off an A in the class. More than half the class dropped the course which our professor liked to call the ‘great exodus’ because of how many students realize they’re not going to pass right after midterms. It definitely made me feel for those students because anyone who makes it all the way to Biochem is definitely very smart. I’m hoping that the class didn’t deter them from their med school dreams or their timeline for completing their degree.

But for me, this was the end of a two-year journey of getting my premed classes taken care of. Two years ago I thought this was the most daunting thing I’ve ever done. I remember thinking “wow I won’t be done for two years.” It seemed like forever. Changing my career or adding a career was a big step. What I mean by that is I worked as a professional actress before this. Things were going pretty good but I also had other ambitions and passions that I wanted to pursue and I didn’t want to regret not doing it. Throughout my journey I’ve still been able to maintain working on a few projects here and there but of course the sciences have really taken most of my time. The fact I was able to balance anything is an absolute miracle. I remember being on set working 16 hour days and having my Anki cards and textbooks out. Definitely something you don’t see every day on set haha 

But the journey isn’t quite over yet. I have one last hurdle. You got it… The MCAT. It’s 1:30 AM and I am currently studying from my Kaplan books. I have my first Kaplan class later today. Wish me luck! I’ll update you all at the end of this journey. I plan to sit for the MCAT in May. So I’m getting a bit of a head start which is always good.  My goal is to be competitive and to have options for the med schools I can go to especially so that my significant other and I are not separated since he doesn’t retire from the military for another four years. 

Lastly, before I conclude this update, this past year has been kind of crazy. I had two surgeries. And also discovered I may likely need IVF treatments if we want to conceive. It doesn’t really bother me because I understand the human body and the fact that aside from making healthy eating habits, we can’t really control you’re level of fertility. This may be TMI for the guys reading this ha ha but look if you’re going into medicine you’re going to learn about this topic anyway and regardless…infertility effects a high percent of men (about 40% of the time an infertility case is related to the male) so its always good to be more informed on the topic. But anyway, I just thought I would share so that you guys get more of a full scope of how my year has been.

Getting this news was definitely extremely stressful because I’ve had to make some pretty rapid decisions about my future and we’ve decided to undergo ICSI treatment. I plan to freeze embryos so that I don’t have to worry about carrying a child right now before going to med school which would be really challenging, especially because we don’t have any family nearby to help.

I plan to document our IVF/ICSI journey. Possibly once I revealed to the rest of the world (i.e. my friends who don’t know what I’ve been up to for the past two years) of my premed journey. I’m pretty much waiting to announce everything once I get into med school. I’m one of the those people that really hates talking up things until it’s solidified. I like to stay focused on my goals and avoid any outside opinions or distractions.

Well that’s it for tonight. S (my significant other) has a friend in town for his bachelor party  and he’s crashing with us for the night. So I’m going to go make sure the guest room is made up and ready for him when they get back. 

If anyone’s gone through a premed journey that has any feedback, or words of encouragement it would be so appreciated right now. Leave it in the comments and I will definitely read it and respond. Thank you! Good night.

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Summer “Break”

Hey you guys so I just finished classes about five days ago. Hence the reason why you have not heard from me in a while. Let me update you a little bit on this semester. As part of my post baccalaureate courses this semester I took Physics, physics lab and organic chemistry too. I am so happy that Physics is over. This was my least favorite subject I have to be honest this is the only class I’ve ever taken where I just completely dreaded it LOL Is it weird that that’s the only subject I’m worried about for the MCAT? Give me organic chemistry all day boo!

Speaking of organic chemistry. Last year was in retrospect a breeze compared to this semester. This semester kicked my butt. However I managed to end up at the top of the class. I wasn’t number one. But I believe I was second in the class. Last semester I had the highest scores across the board. This semester it took a lot more gumption to keep up studying literally all day into the late evenings. I studied at a minimum six hours a day but on average are probably studied 10 to 12 hours a day. I normally wake up early and car pool with my significant other to his post. From there I drive to campus to study a few hours before class. Go to class and then study. Go to class. And then study some more until the late evening. Then drive home around 8p or 10p. I always wait until traffic dies down because it’s pretty bad in our area.

I’m waiting for grades to post but I am expecting is an all three classes. This semester was not easy. I had a lot of additional stresses which had a lot to do with deployments, medical issues that I was trying to work through during the semester, auditions (I’m also a trained actress and balance that and school).

I figure I’ll be a little chance. Share some of what was going on. In December after I had my tonsils taken out I noticed that I started having hot flashes which honestly should have nothing to do with having tonsils taken out so myself and my positions don’t feel that it has any correlation but this is just to give you a sense of timing. So I’m having hot flashes, and it’s extremely unusual on. I’m only 29. Then my menstrual stops. This goes on for months. No menstrual and hot flashes. So honestly I knew Something was wrong. I know my body. So I go to see it on ecologist who puts me on a medication to keep start kick start my menstrual FYI sorry for the guys who are reading this LOL but you want to be a doctor anyway so might as well get used to it. Anyway, after about 20 days on this medication and my menstrual still doesn’t start which is it supposed to be the case. She told me yeah most people end up having their menstrual after just 10 days. So I’m getting increasingly worried and stressed. I think the hormones are causing me to feel like myself and extremely anxious plus my SO was deployed at the time so there wasn’t really anybody I could kind of lean on to talk to about all this which definitely added to my stress levels. Anyway, I did the testing to see if I was ovulating at all and turns out according to the test I’m not and they think it’s abnormal. So, more testing. I’m trying to stay positive because we want so much to have kids. This weighs so heavily on me. I hope it’ll all turn out alright.

I have to be honest I did have what I homely like to call, my “annual once yearly break down” where I just had to let it all out and cry and then after that I was good again haha I think anyone going through this process can definitely feel where I’m coming from. It was actually helpful to know that there’s so many undergrads who are experiencing the same stress when it comes to achieving academic excellence in order to get into med school. The stakes just seem so high.

Although I am technically on break it doesn’t feel like it. I just got an opportunity to work as a scribe in the hospital so right now I’m getting a crash course in medical terminology we’re just going to take up the next two weeks of my time in order to prepare for the exam because I want to pass with flying colors. I am so grateful to have gotten this opportunity. I found out about it the week they were wrapping up interviews so I am very lucky to be able to do this for the next year. I will be working in the Mergen see room will be able to take in a little bit of everything and shadow physicians at the same time. It’s gonna be a great learning experience.

After I finish studying for this this upcoming exam I’ll be getting a head start on biology two material since I put that off I will be taking it this summer. I’ll also be taking the MCAT prep course likely through Kaplan. Then I will be studying bio chemistry so that I can get a Headstart there and get through majority of the material before the semester ends as I plan to take the MCAT in February.

And more interesting news Megan Miracle had her baby today! How exciting. I’m currently in the gym dictating this blog post as you all know I like to do. So once again please ignore any typos I try to go back afterwards and re-added and clean it up. But this is a lot more efficient way for me to finally get an a post. I am happy that I am able to start working out again I eat a lot more when I’m studying so I snack which I feel helps to keep me going. I want to lose about 10 pounds. So that’ll get me back to my usual weight. I’m also planning to see Misty Copeland dance in New York on the 25th of this month so I’m very excited about that! So it’s nice that I get to enjoy at least a portion of my summer before I have to start up studying again. Let me know how everything is going with you guys. I hope to start some sort of YouTube channel at some point but Dattle probably be after I get into med school are the kind of document that next chapter of life. I guess everyone will have to come to my blog to see what it was like as a premed. As you can tell with the lack of entries I barely have time to think about anything else as I’m sure you guys totally understand. School is my number one priority and with only two years to get through the material and apply I feel like I’ve only gotten one shot to get this right! Wish me luck you guys I’m wishing you guys the best as well.