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(Study) Party – Reverb 10, Day 9

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What is Reverb10?

December 9 – Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid)

The real answer to this question is what I answered for Prompt # 3, my brother’s wedding this year. So instead, I’m going to ramble a little bit about my med student study parties, and in a few hours go start one. I’m being a bit liberal with the word “party” here, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me.

Sometime early last year, I started studying with two of my classmates, Ran and Joe. They’d come over to my apartment, we’d study, they’d sleep in my living room, and then we’d head over to the exams together (and often my roommate Hao would make us breakfast). They soon also started spending most weekends in my apartment (I would love to let you assume that we were studying, but more often we were playing video games. I can however assure you that there has been much less of that since second year started), so it kind of made sense that this year, they moved into my building. They ended up not taking the apartment next door as planned, but two floors below us is more than close enough.

Consistently, we still study together the night before exams, and sometimes earlier, depending on the difficulty of the exam. Tomorrow’s is based on 6 hours of Dermatology lectures, so at 5pm I have yet to venture down to their apartment. For Pharmacology, we had been quizzing each other over dinner and other random moments for over a week before the test.

Studying together is, for the most part, taking old tests together, via laptop connected to TV. We sometimes also go over review powerpoints and other materials together, but by far, I find doing the old tests together the most helpful approach. We think through the questions on our own, and then we discuss the answers, and then we check the answers, and then we re-discuss as necessary. I admit that often I do some of the tests by myself first. Multiple passes through the material are always a good thing.

Sometimes, food is indeed involved. We’ll make dinner, we’ll make a fast food run (lately, Church’s Chicken), or we might even have dinner brought to us by a classmate we’ve invited over. If Amrita has had the misfortune to be visiting during exam time, there will definitely be freshly baked goods. Rarely is there music. Clothes are always involved, but shirts are not required, if one is Ran or Joe and the weather’s warm enough. Sweats are more likely than jeans. Robes are not unheard of. And yes, sometimes, there are shenanigans. A group would not be worth studying with repeatedly if there were not occasional shenanigans. :)

Written by Aba

December 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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