Pep(to bismol) Talk
An epiphany that I realized as I was panicking right before midterms, certain that I was doomed to fail.
Well, I didn’t fail, but I think it’s still important not to get sucked into the tunnel vision that we get as a student. We’re probably slightly better than undergrads when it comes to knowing that exam results don’t determine our fate for life, but I deem that evidence is fair for having significantly elevated cortisol levels before our midterms and finals.
So here’s my pep talk (using first person because I always feel like I’m talking to myself on Tumblr): First of all, it’s pretty difficult to literally fail if I’ve been keeping up and studying; even if I’m procrastinating, epic cramming is never futile. More importantly, no matter how I do on this exam, is it going to prevent me from graduating, from being a pharmacist, from being able to do what I believe in? Is anything bad going to happen to me, or to those I care about? No.
Exam grades are a surrogate endpoint after all; what’s important is to learn in order to apply knowledge to tackle real world problems. And how can I retain anything I’ve learned if I’m preoccupied with stressing over exams. Keep calm and keep learning.
This note had nothing to do with pepto bismol… that was just the best pun I could make on the day before finals.
P1 Adventures #4
Doing ethics reading reminds me of MMI preparation :D
At first I was not very enthusiastic and was sure it would go into a study guide named touchy-feely stuff to express my annoyance. Like how the only noteworthy point about the Hippocratic Oath is that it sounds cool and intellectual by virtual of including the name Hippocrates; the Oath itself is so…. ancient times.
However, it turned out to be quite captivating, because it’s not common sense material—if it were straightforward, the discipline of ethics would not exist. Ethics is essential, because it teaches us how to overcome potentially narrow-minded and biased instincts, and instead to look at all aspects of an issue.
It’s the highest level of critical thinking: the type of problem solving that you can never really learn through classes and exams because there is no right answer, the type of problem solving that you only encounter in nerve-wrecking interviews because admissions staff really love to see how you react to curveballs—that they themselves may not be entirely sure how to approach.
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30 Days of Thankfulness #30
11/30/13: thankful for 1) All the things I’ve learned through these 30 posts 2) Successfully completing my 30-day challenge (though with spotty adherence, meaning that sometimes I miss a dose and double it the next day :P #hypocrisy) 3) Anything and everything
"Every day is a gift. That’s why we call it the present."
A Table Interpreting #Trending Mentalities
Really, Tumblr? I learn how to code tables, and the only part that comes out right is the <p> tags? I guess I have no choice but be technologically challenged and use the user-friendly photo insert function.
Anyways, here is my take on mentalities, which explains why they are sometimes seem so so trendy and at other times so annoying.
Hipsters: True hipsters are the counterculture who thrive on originality. Nowadays, hipsters are (ironically) all too often associated with a trend characterized by hipster glasses, tight pants, irony, and snobbery.
Carpe diem: YOLO should be applied to working as well as playing ;)
IDGAF: Giving up and table flipping won’t fix anything (we all familiar with this) (I especially like the “Just kidding, I go to Berkeley” version). Nonetheless, IDGAF is not incorrect when it comes to stress management.
Stay hungry, stay foolish: There are so many incorrect ways to stay hungry and foolish and miss the point. The more I think about it, the more I realize that this phrase only applies to a narrow subset of privileged overeducated people.
Nerds: Wanting to learn for the sake of learning vs. wanting to learn as a means to an end.
ಠ_ಠ: Technically speaking, neither passive-aggressivness nor facepalming solves the problem that is being looked at in disapproval, but it’s always preferable to avoid being douchey and instead be funny and cute.
30 Days of Thankfulness #29
11/29/13: That I have retained my Canto fluency to be able to *culturally competently* communicate with my parents, relatives, patients, HK locals, and waiters at restaurants/tea cafes.
That because I have this innate awareness, I can extrapolate to better connect to those from diverse backgrounds.
That, despite having been resentful in feeling so different from my classmates during my childhood, I am not only coming to terms with my unique background, but viewing it as a strength.
:/ these posts are getting sappier and more philosophical every day. Making up for all those previous silly one-liners like being thankful for ice cream, etc. etc.
30 Days of Thankfulness #28
11/28/13: Today should be the easiest post of all. Of course, I’m thankful for Thanksgiving. Of course, I’m thankful for friends and family and pharmily (keke #pharmily is #trending). But what really made my day was seeing everyone’s happy pictures and statuses about their Thanksgiving celebrations. I’m grateful to know that everyone is taking the day to relax, chat, laugh, bond, and, of course, enjoy the feast of turkey, pie, and the rest of the eclectic nontraditional repertoire that makes each Thanksgiving dinner unique (and #instagramworthy—#literally).
I’ll admit that I’m sure these past 27 posts of thankfulness have been about me. While I can’t deny being thankful for having nice things, knowing cool people, and learning at this awesome school, I realize I am extremely grateful for the well-being of those around me. #thankfulness means #caring, and #caring means #empathy <3
(and #empathy means #goodpharmacist ;)
30 Days of Thankfulness #27
11/27/13: Being pampered at home has officially begun :)
30 Days of Thankfulness #26
11/26/13: Leftovers and microwaves. lol so lazy =__=;;
30 Days of Thankfulness #25
11/25/13: All the timelessly entertaining things I’ve said recently.
"It says this patient received education in a DVD. What does that stand for?"
"Can we play table tennis sitting down please?"
"I’m pledging KY."
30 Days of Thankfulness #24
11/24/13: Spending a Sunday as weekends should be spent—running under the blue sky next to the blue ocean, nomming on ahi tuna donburi, playing table tennis and (very very very gradually) improving, making progress (also very gradually) on the #beastofaproject, having an extremely cost-effective dinner.
This entire weekend was nontraditionally productive. But, referring back to a quote that has been a continuous source of inspiration for me (with the PK of an IV infusion): "Don’t let school interfere with your education." Ironically enough, I think it was one of the key themes floating around UCSF a few years ago. #ILoveMySchool #GoFog
30 Days of Thankfulness #23
11/23/13: Spending a Saturday as weekends should be spent, doing what would be considered wholly unproductive in the short run but is actually wholesome and productive in the long run—St. Jude walk through SF Zoo for St. Jude’s with the Brothers, sponteneous dim sum trip afterwards, spontaneous high school car wash fundraiser after that, getting on top of email, 3 mile run, successful potluck cooking, memorable Thanksgiving dinner with classmates, restful sleep, and surviving my first day without coffee ever since midterms (and without any withdrawal Sx—no need for CRT!)
My state of mind ambiguously revealed in hashtags
#twentysomething #complications #ineedabagel #hathatsnotdecodableviaurbandictionary #subtle
30 Days of Thankfulness #22
11/22/13: Good conversation, good stories, good insight, over good food, good drinks, good ambiance, on a good day.
Good is an understatement, but hey I’ve been writing on Tumblr for 22+ consecutive days—sometimes I feel like my repertoire of colorful blog words is being depleted.
(╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻) WHY SO MUCH GRUESOME NEWS TODAY
Bordering on N/V and mild HA from reading 2 headlines T__T #ImGoingToStayInMySFBayAreaBubble
Edit: Heard a Code Blue announcement for the first time. #THEREISNOBUBBLE #HelloWorld #RealityCheck