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Action – Reverb 10, Day 13

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December 13 – Action. When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Author: Scott Belsky)

This is a very ironic post.

I have this idea in my head of the kind of medical student I want to be. Unfortunately, she and the medical student I actually am, are quite different. Now, I’m fairly certain, no, I’m very certain, that in the end, I’ll be the doctor I want to be, but I could make the road to that new level a bit easier than it is right now.

Easier isn’t the right word. Efficient. Productive. Less round-about-y.

I’ve always been a procrastinator. As soon as I had assignments I could procrastinate on, I did. I have memories of being seven or eight and, though I was given at least a week’s notice, trying to start and finish a project the night before it was due. Somehow, this has not held me back in life. But my success has been born of many late nights and panicked scrambles. Many pre-test days of “Damn. I guess I do need to memorize that entire pathway” or “We really need to be able know the names of these drugs?”

I’ve been working really hard to be better about this though. I don’t completely waste time online all day. I watch all the lectures for all our classes. I read (or skim) all the course notes. I even take my own notes now! But I’m still not quite where I wanted to be by now. I’m not yet as on top of the material as I know I could be without turning into a medical student who I don’t want to be, the reclusive anti-social complete shut in who has no hobbies. I think I have a ways to go before even being worried that I might be that person.

So how do I realize this idea? I keep trying. I take on new traits bit by bit, learning new study habits, figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t. I might need to accelerate the process though, because I need to be at maximum potential in about five months.

Why is this post ironic? I’ve been out of my last test since 11:30am. Four hours later, I still haven’t started studying for tomorrow’s (er, I haven’t started yet today; I have studied for it in the past), and I’m writing this post.

Ok, ok, enough navel-gazing and more hypoglycemia! (Endocrinology test tomorrow)

(Oh, and my roommate started doing reverb10 too!) :D

Written by Aba

December 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm

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