The Struggles of Being Pre-Med

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“Don’t ever give up on yourself or your dreams of becoming a doctor. You may stumble, you may fall, but what matters in the end is that you get your butt back up and keep it moving.”                       – Unknown (loose interpretation of Charles F. Kettering)

I haven’t published a new post in awhile. In my head I have a lIst of some pretty logical reasons to explain to myself my failure to allot a simple 30 mins in a 24 hour day to writing for my blog. However, in the end they are just excuses (granted they are some pretty good ones). This semester even though I have reduced to taking only 14 hours, I still find myself buried in work. One of the reasons being that I have refocused myself  to my studies because I want all As this semester. I guess I didn’t realize just how much my classes would demand of me. And if I don’t understand the amount of work I need to put forth, then I know outsiders definitely don’t. Today I have decided to point out the struggles of being pre-med. These are struggles anyone who is premed or even attempted to be will understand. When you run into fellow pre-medders, you have this understanding between each other….you are both doing your best to survive hell.

(In this post, I am in no way trying to undermine majors of different intents. College in general can be a struggle. Feel free to check out my earlier post about it here.)

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13 Minutes and 27 Seconds

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“Men should think twice before making widowhood women’s only path to power.”
– Gloria Steinem

I really enjoyed writing my first short story inspired my Ed Sheeran’s video, “Thinking Out Loud”. I decided to have another go at it. This time I wrote a short story inspired by “The Worst” by Jhené Aiko, in theme with the book, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which I am currently reading for the 2015 Reading Challenge. I am loving the mystery thriller aspect of it, which surprised me and yet made sense to me at the same time. If you are looking for a book to read, I am currently about halfway through Gone Girl and I would highly recommend it. Even if you aren’t really into thrillers, there’s a great movie waiting at the end of it (so I’ve heard). But if you haven’t seen Jhené Aiko’s music video you should definitely check it out here. My short story can be found below, enjoy!

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They Danced, They Kissed

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“Dancing is poetry with arms and legs”. – Charles Baudelaire

Now this my first short story in a long time. But I’m expanding my horizons this year and so I decided to see if I could discover a new hobby. I was talking to one of my friends last week, and I got this idea to write short stories inspired by music videos. I was really intrigued so I decided to try it out with Ed Sheeran’s, “Thinking Out Loud” music video. If you’ve never seen it, you should definitely check it out here. My short story doesn’t follow the video or anything. I simply watched the video and this is the story that resulted. I hope you enjoy!

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10 Reasons Why You Should Watch Jane the Virgin

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“Life is full of tough moments, you have to fight for what you want.” – Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin is a new comedy that debuted on CW mid-October last year. Since, being released it has been a hit. Its star, Gina Rodriguez even bringing home a Golden Globe this year for Best Comedy Actress. Jane the Virgin is a unique and entertaining twist on a stereotypical telenovela, featuring a abstinent Catholic woman who gets accidentally medically inseminated. The show follows her life as an extremely unlikely and unpredictable pregnancy becomes the centre of her life.

In my opinion, I love this show and it definitely makes my top 5. Every Monday at 9, my friends and I gather around the TV to fangirl over the life of Jane the Virgin. If you don’t watch the show here’s ten reasons why you should give it a chance!

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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“I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,’ he said, ‘and then take it back.’
‘I can,’ she said. ‘Life’s a bastard.”
– Rainbow RowellEleanor & Park

Ok,  so bear with me, this is my first ever book review, unless you want to count the ones I had to do for book reports in the third grade, but I’m really hoping this one will trump those (I’d say I set my expectations at a reasonable level). So, unfortunately if you read this book and absolutely adored it this post may not be for you to read, (unless you are one of those AMAZING people that can actually accept that other people have different options from you), because the things I have to say about Eleanor & Park are far from positive. First off, I will admit that this book did make me laugh….at it. I could not believe that not only did someone write this thinking it was good enough to be published, but then an publisher (whose supposed to know their literature) allowed it to leave the printing press.

I read this book, because it was recommended to be by a friend. When trying new things, I usually keep an open mind, so I come out feeling really good about things most of the time. Some people actually say that I tend to dish out my stamp of approval too freely. This is why coming out of Eleanor & Park disliking it surprised me.

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College Freshmen Tips from a College Freshman

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I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back. – Fred Allen

As a college freshman who is also in her first semester, I completely agree with this post. These are things that all incoming freshman need to know before jumping into their first year on campus. Many of the things that she points out could make or break someone’s college experience. Class of 2015, do yourself a favor and learn from others mistakes.

Reign Overview

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“Power is always fleeting. It can be taken away by the stroke of a pen or the blade of an axe.”         – Reign

If there is one thing I have loved about college life, it is meeting new people and getting introduced to other shows that people enjoy. Now before coming to college I already had a small addiction to my TV dramas. I religiously juggle over a dozen shows during fall and winter seasons, and coming to college just added more to the pile. One of the shows I have recently fallen in love with is Reign. I spent days locked up in my dorm binge watching hours of this show, because I was head over heels in love after just 5 minutes of viewing the pilot episode. Now that I am all caught up, my friends and I gather together every Thursday night to see what amazing thing Mary, Queen of Scots will do next. I’m telling you I watch about 45 shows and Reign definitely makes my top 5.

Now this is just an overview of the series so I don’t want to give away any spoilers for those of you who don’t watch it. However, I will carefully try and tread over all the main characters to give a brief synopsis.

Reign is a historical fiction series (emphasis on fiction) about Mary, Queen of Scots. Although a lot of the events are historically inaccurate, I love the way the Royal Court is portrayed. There’s love, hatred, loyalty, betrayal, murder, humor…and a plague to top it all off, spun together into an amazing show. It showed the thought and sacrifice leaders of nations have to utilize in order to make the best decisions for their country.

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2015 Reading Challenge

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“There is nothing like the smell of books, both new and old. If someone ever bottled the smell, I would be all over it .”
– Tiffany KingMeant to Be

As the days winded down in 2014, I spent my last few days of freedom curled up in bed with a book, occasionally taking a break to check back into the world by sifting through numerous Tumblr and Pinterest posts and pins (going outdoors never occurred to me). I ran into the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge on Pinterest and decidedly immediately that this was what I was going to spend the next year doing, instead of coming up with some cheesy, unoriginal New Years’ Resolution that I would abandon on Day 3 (like giving up Pinterest and Tumblr to do something a lot more productive…ha). So far, I’ve knocked two books off my reading list and I am throughly enjoying my experience. It is expanding my reading pool, and getting me out of my typical books rut. I even got together with a friend to get some book recommendations, so we could broaden our horizons together. I will be posting reviews on all the books I end up reading for the list and tagging them as “2015 Reading Challenge”. I can’t wait to see the results! I encourage you to do something you love for the year of 2015, instead of trying to tackle another thing you hate (we get enough of those from life)! 🙂

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