My medical boards test day in a nutshell…

Test begins and several questions in:

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Turning point during test:

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Post test:

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Home:

Did I mention I have to have my whole apartment packed and moved in 36hrs?

Wine and packing…haha, that can’t be a good combination!

Great job to all the peeps who suffered through boards today! Go have celebratory drinks for me and enjoy the rest of your Summer!!

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Last weekend before boards…

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I find myself fluctuating between feeling indifferent to having full-on murderous anger. I’m happy to soon get boards over with, but I’m dreading the action of getting it done. A part of me wants to be left alone this weekend to process my feelings and do my final study reviews. However, there is also a part of me that says “F**k this test! I’m not reading or doing another damn thing and it’s time to get mutha-truckin TURNT UP!”

Alas, I abandon my wild impulses and quietly return to studying; meanwhile, I have occasional thoughts of eating a salty gluten-filled soft jumbo pretzel since I’m now on day 26 without eating sugar or gluten. Hmm, perhaps that’s partially why I want to murder someone too!

 

When multiple friends completely unload all of their study tips and advice to me about boards thinking it’ll help my preparation

Thanks dudes but sometimes too many tips and advice are NOT helpful and forces me to say…

And now here’s my own advice that I’m following to prepare for boards: Ignore everyone and just do YOU!

At the end of the day, you know yourself best and what works well.  It’s easy to allow everybody else’s panic, anxiety, thoughts and advice to overwhelm you because I almost started to let it affect me too.

Now when a friend asks me if I want his/her advice or recommendations about boards I simply say: “No thank you!” 🙂

What I wish my brain would do for boards studying

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However, this is what it really is

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Starting summer classes, boards studying, and clinic shift after returning from vacation

Play time’s over, Vitamin Ray!! Makes me feel like Leroy when he’s about to get his butt kicked by Sho’nuff!!

I need to get that “Glow” so I can become the “Mastah” (Master)!!**

**Clip from The Last Dragon movie in case my analogies went over your head 😉

When a soon-to-be-graduating 4th year insists that I should start studying for my August boards now…

These words come to my mind…

When life starts to get TOO real and scary, I sometimes think…

Well folks, I registered for my first set of medical boards (NPLEX Part I  [MD equivalent is STEP I]) today. I take them on August 6th. As I typed in my credit card info to pay the $150 application/registration fee plus $350 for the actual test (that’s right, $450 for a damn TEST), I had the sudden desire to go back to my mother’s womb when the idea of life seemed way more simple. Hahaha, I know I’m not the only one who wants to go back!! I just remember that challenges make us better and stronger human beings. Cheers to living life…the good, the bad…and the ugly! Amen!