Day 165: Cardio and the slopes

We just finished our second week of our cardio theme. Cardio theme can be summed up in one word: Graphs. Graphs with pressure, volume, time, length, tension, velocity, sound… the list goes on and so do the permutations that arise from all the variables. Once you fit that magic key from your brain in the cardio-graph lock, the world is supposed to look so simple. Currently still searching for the key though. I will get it soon. Reflecting thus far on the theme…

I am very fortunate to have such dedicated professors at my school. This theme is structured with classes in the morning (roughly 3-4) and in the evenings for 2 hours, a professor will hold open office hours in a specific room. He/She will stay there until all the students in attendance are exhausted of questions. I have benefitted from this immensely, and am grateful for the time that all of the faculty put in.

Navigating away from school, last weekend was also our class ski trip! More slopes…but this time, they were filled with “snow”. I cannot truly call this snow though…not when I have lived in California for my whole life. The mountains are a bit more icy, but they work. I tried skiing for the second time in my life (my first being when I was 7). I was pretty quick on picking it up. Must have only fell a half dozen times. At the end of the day, I came to the unequivocal truth that ski boots are far less comfortable than snowboarding boots! Another truth resonated throughout the trip…

We, medical students, are always so focused on the school that we have ahead of us. We live a day at a time and each day ends up being the same. Study until you are tired…and then study for a few more hours and then sleep until your “By the Seaside” Apple alarm tone nudged you out of Phase III sleep. It is important to schedule time to not study. Time for breaking up the schedule. Time for you to grow with your classmates. These next 4 years are going to be rough but so exciting at the same time, and I am going to put money on the fact that med school will exist at a higher ionotropic state (sorry, Cardio theme…) when you are experiencing with people that you are close friends with. So heres to 2017, a year where I will grow in knowledge and friendship. Because…at the end of the day, you are not going to be grabbing a bear with your degree in a bar 30 years down the line.

 

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