Day 25: Photos from the week, First Aid and preparing for the storm

Today’s series of inane images [I felt bad about the sporadic updates this week…so I reward you with many random pictures from my life!]:

[This was from last weekend.] I was in heaven in Duarte because there are like 5 donut places within a mile of Mike’s apartment. I’m not kidding. I guess that’s a good reason not to move out there… I’d be twice the size.

Guess what we did today! [Oops, I just gave it away, didn’t I?]
Look at my handywork! I can wrap fabric around an arm and tie it! Impressive, eh?
And I’m capable of splinting, too! [Except I tied his bind on the wrong side… oops].

Hi, my name is Amanda Xi and I am First Aid certified — can I help you with that?” — I don’t think you understand how many times we had to recite that today. Anyway, it’s ingrained in my head now, so I’m sure if I ever need to ask for consent to help someone I could spit out that line on reflex.

Today: we started this gloomy, gross, cold and windy morning at Beaumont [Royal Oak] and did a “review” TBL. I definitely appreciated that we didn’t have to learn new material for this assessment, and I thought that it was a good way to review those lectures. I didn’t do as well as I could have […though it’s relatively pointless to say this since the only time you technically can’t say it is when you get a 100% on something], but I’m satisfied with the very minimal amount of preparation I did for it.

Let’s be realistic here, I got home last night pretty late and extremely tired so there was no way my studying was going to be productive. Actually, going to bed when I did last night was probably the best decision I could have made — I woke up a little before 5am and got some studying done. Could I have done better on the IRAT if I had put more time into studying? Definitely. But I passed [and our GRAT was strong], so I need to just move on.

After our TBL, half of us had to drive back to OU’s campus for our First Aid certification class. The last time I was certified was something like 7 or 8 years ago, so I really didn’t remember much of the stuff that was covered [though most of it was common sense]. Either way, I had a lot of fun with the class. It was probably because most of us were making funny remarks here and there and I had an extremely amusing partner, but I don’t think I’ve ever laughed that much during a class [oh, wait, class isn’t supposed to be funny, eh?].

Oh, and I learned from this class that I need to work my arms out more… I couldn’t turn my partner over. It was quite sad.

Now: I feel like I should be having a mental/nervous breakdown. Everyone I’ve talked to is frantic about this exam we have on Monday — not only is it our first, but it also has a ton of material [I’ve heard something like 2,000+ slides? Don’t quote me on that one…] and after a rough adjustment period. Plus, I haven’t been doing well on the IRATs [when I say that, I literally mean that I am just barely passing — not the premed, oh no I’m getting an A-/B+…]. [By the way, the cutoff for passing this class is a 70%].  Regardless of this situation, I am hoping that I maintain this serenity until the end of our exam.

We do have a “mid-term review” day tomorrow, but it’s in the format of open office hours and with how little I’ve reviewed thus far, I don’t think I’d be able to really ask any questions. Plus, I think it’d be more valuable for me to use that hour-plus of commute time to study. Or sleep.

[P.S. Do you gave any good study music suggestions? Or just good music suggestions, period?]

 

8 thoughts on “Day 25: Photos from the week, First Aid and preparing for the storm

  • September 9, 2011 at 1:13 am
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    @Kyle: I’m gonna be honest with you here — I still haven’t actually figured Spotify completely out… I should put that on my to do list for… summer vacation.

  • September 9, 2011 at 1:17 am
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    Whenever I studied I loved to listen to Explosions in the sky. if you’re not familiar is an instrumental band. Check them out, they are pretty good 🙂

  • September 9, 2011 at 1:37 am
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    If you activate the Facebook integration, you can listen to other people’s published lists. If you happen to agree with my taste in music, I have a 4 hr playlist up there that I listen basically all day long. The social integration adds a lot of value to Spotify, in my opinion.

  • September 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm
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    Donuts are a good reason to move to Duarte… just sayin’

    -CodeBlu

  • September 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm
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    @Felicia: Listening to them right now! Sounds like good study music so far… thanks! =)

    @Kyle: Going to do that… Tuesday night.

    @CodeBlu: No. OUWB/Beaumont is a good reason to stay right here and make him move back home. I like that idea better [plus, it’s FALL! CIDER MILL DONUTS ARE THE BEST!]

  • September 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm
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    Vampire Weekend + Trevor Hall + Kings of Leon + Jack Johnson + small assortment of Blink-182. Got me through BME 🙂

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