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Time Wrangling

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I started this post three days ago but haven’t managed to set the time aside for it. To help with that (more importantly, to help with my grades and future Step 1 score), after once again failing to like computer based planning tools, I was going to buy a planner, but I don’t really like most planners, and then I was thinking of getting a plain spiral bound notebook, but in the bookstore yesterday I remembered that 4×6 index cards exist (I’be been using 3×5 cards which are great but a bit small for more detailed planning) so I’m going to try those.

And I really do need to spend more time planning (except, I need to spend more time legitimately planning, and not doing things like staring at my school calendar for future years and noting that I graduate on May 17th 2013, even though the school year ends on May 5th. Or trying to figure out plane tickets for the two trips I’m making in April, when it really makes more sense to wait at least a few more weeks before I buy). I misread the school schedule for today and thought I needed to be there at 9am for a small group, when really it didn’t start till 10:15 and it wasn’t even a small group. And I didn’t realize my mistake until after I’d already woken up really early to finish studying for my Quiz today because I thought I wouldn’t have much time later. Now I’m slightly sleep deprived, my Quiz isn’t for four and a half more hours, and I’m not quite sure what to do with myself. I think I’m going to finish watching Monday’s lectures and then do some final review.

And might I add that I object to this being called a quiz. Something worth 42% of the grade of a class that is this many credit hours is not a quiz.

So I think I made the right decision to take the Step 1 at 8am, instead of at noon. I don’t do well having several idle hours awake before I need to take a test. I want to wake up, get there, and do it. I don’t need extra time to stress myself out. Also, the idea of taking a test past daylight is distinctly unappealing (it’s about an eight hour test).

In cheerier news, a gift from my lil’ sib! I’m not really a highlighter user (maybe step 1 studying will change that?) but I’m excited about the pens and the fact that they came with a bonus pencil, even if it’s a 0.7mm pencil. It’ll be better for filling in the scantron sheets for exams than my 0.5mm ones! And the peanut butter cookies are really good! I though they were going to be crunchy but they’re still a bit chewy, which I like. I’m starting to run low on jam to give her so I need to make sure to write down her next exam date on my calendar so I can bake her something. Anyone have any vegan recipes they’re fond of?

Written by Aba

January 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

Posted in Medical School, Step 1

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  1. My mind just spins reading all about your Medical school exploits. I am in awe of how you manage and manage well. You’re right though, anything worth almost half of your grade is certainly not a quiz. I hope you ace it (although I’m fairly sure you will) :)


    January 13, 2011 at 5:12 am

    • The test went surprisingly well! :) My mind spins a bit too going through all of this though!


      January 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm

  2. i know on of the girls who sometimes go to meet n’ greets made really tasty vegan sugar cookies. if i see her again, i’ll ask for you.


    January 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

  3. Might I suggest Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles? I know those are good. The Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows are a little more time-intensive, but they’re extremely delicious as well..

    Action Potential

    January 14, 2011 at 5:44 am

    • I’m not particularly fond of snickerdoodles, but that recipe looks divine. Thank you!


      January 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm

  4. You are so organized! When do you take Step 1?

    Marianne DiNapoli

    January 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

    • I’m unfortunately not as organized as it sounds like I am, but I’m trying to be! I’m currently registered for June 14th (a Tuesday) but I’m thinking about changing it to the 13th or the 11th.


      January 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

  5. you have to go to sweet art bakery and try their vegan cupcakes! seriously, i had the weirdest vegan brownies and was scared of vegan for a while till i found this place. we should go together sometime :)


    January 19, 2011 at 12:03 am

    • Ooh, neat! And that might be a good option if I’m feeling too lazy to bake for my lil’ sib.


      January 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm

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