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?]