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    Journey to my white coat

    Days until SF Biofreeze: 285 Stayed up until 1 cramming for Mol Bio (I would have been done earlier but I went to bible study for 2 hours as well), and I think it may have been just enough to get me through the exam this morning with an acceptable mark (knock on wood). There weren't any questions that I had no idea how to answer, and I feel pretty good about most of my responses. This was the big exam I was really worried about, so I consider myself halfway through midterm season at this point. Stem Cell Journal Club's midterm tomorrow morning is next up to bat. Time to put that sucker away.
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    Journey to my white coat

    Days until SF Biofreeze: 286 Scores for the stem cell lab exam came back today (see below...) Frankly I'm less happy than disappointed because I know I could have done better. I guess it's a good day when your professor writes "Wow!!!" on your exam though. Maybe I'll be a little more excited once all the midterms are over and done with. Back to studying folks. Mol Bio tomorrow and there's still a ton I have to do for it.
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    Nick's Journal

    Good work so far, keep it up! That profile pic legit cracks me up every time I look at it. Hope you stay on here for a while 😂
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    Journey to my white coat

    Days until SF Biofreeze: 289 Oh dear. The stem cell lab exam was very hard. Dr. Abramson started the exam at 9 and gave us 2 hours to finish, and by 11 not a single person had turned their paper in. I reviewed all the tiny details of the lecture powerpoints even though I figured it would be overkill, and I'm truly glad I did or I would have been beyond fucked. Even though she said the exam wouldn't be very hard, Dr. Abramson really didn't pull her punches this time around. Anyways, no time to dwell on that one. I know I came pretty close to giving it my all in my preparation, so even if I failed I have no regrets. Got Mol Bio on Tuesday, so have to reset and start preparing all over again.
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    Cut to the chase

    You’ve set yourself a big and ambitious goal—good luck. What career are you thinking about to get you there?
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    Journey to my white coat

    Days until SF Biofreeze: 291 Like its irl cousin Michael, Hurricane Midterms is making landfall right now. The next two weeks are going to be the most critical point in the semester, and my dreams of medical school could very easily go up in smoke if I'm not careful. Here's the rundown of the madness that's about to ensue: -Stem Cell Lab Midterm Friday 10/12 -Mol Bio Midterm Tuesday 10/16 -Stem Cell Journal Club Midterm Wednesday 10/17 -Understanding the Biotech Industry "Midterm" Thursday (55 minute presentation) 10/18 -Stem Cell Lecture Midterm Monday 10/22 -Stem Cell Journal Club Presentation (~90 minute presentation) Wednesday 10/24 Fortunately, I've largely finished studying for this Friday's midterm, and went to Dr. Abramson's office hours today to get all my questions answered. I know all the stupid Stem Cell pathways, every media component, every step of every procedure we've ever done (rewriting my notebook was totally worth it), and I'm ready to get that sucker out of the way. Tuesday's Mol Bio midterm is the one I'm most nervous about. Because of the whole Rachael arc I haven't been giving that class its due diligence, and I'm hurriedly trying to make up the lost ground. I've reviewed about a third of the material so far. I've taken extensive notes on every paper that's ever been presented in SC Journal Club (only 4), and we'll have access to the papers for the exam. I'm not too worried about it, and I know that just one evening of solid preparation should be sufficient to memorize the research question, hypothesis, and main findings of the four papers, especially since I've already done most of the legwork. This one shouldn't be a problem (knock on wood). Biotech Industry's presentation is stressing me out more than it should, because I am stuck with what has been by far the heaviest team I have ever encountered (and I am including all my years of League of Legends Solo Queue in that statement). Not to be rude, but these guys have somehow managed to prove in just a few short months that primates really are capable of human speech. Because of them I've had to micromanage every detail of this presentation, and I've attended office hours for the last three consecutive weeks to get all the help I can. Hopefully our final presentation doesn't end up being a massive dumpster fire. Stem Cell Lecture should go the same way as Journal Club. I've really worked hard to read content before class and take good notes, so I'm not too worried about it. The weekend should be more than enough to go through the material. And I finished my journal club presentation slides last night while procrastinating on Mol Bio studying (~30 slides, so should cover the 90 minutes), so thank God I don't need to worry about that. Alright, y'all know what's coming up, so don't be alarmed if I don't post on here for a few days. I promise you I'll still be alive and working hard, even if I don't write about it. Back to work...:'(
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    My Drawing Journal

    Should have known you were a gamer designer. All the drawings make so much sense now 😂 Also, sword training? 😮 where do I go to sign up for this?
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    Journey to my white coat

    It's almost unheard of getting into medical school without a university degree over here, and I must say I definitely like the European system more. Welcome back, by the way 🙂
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    Journey to my white coat

    Murrica is unique from the rest of the world in that you can't just test to get into medical school; they consider everything from grades to volunteer to test scores to research and clinical experience. It's a big pain in the ass. Because I didn't do much in college I have to get my grades up and get some more research experience, volunteer time etc. Hence why I'm doing a master's degree in Stem Cells right now.
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    Journey to my white coat

    Days until SF Biofreeze: 292 I apologize for the disorganized nature of this post, I'm running on fumes and really just want to hit the bed. It was a very tough day today. Had to get up at 5:30 to get to campus by 8 in order to start an experiment for Stem Cell lab, only to have Dr. Abramson cancel the experiment at the last moment. The work didn't stop, though, as I basically spent the rest of my day finishing classes, studying for midterms and attending bible study. Sent the lab director my shipping information, and haven't heard back from him since. I hope he hasn't had a change of heart about sending me those cells. Slowly but surely I think my feelings for Clarisse have gotten stronger, to the point where I realized (while texting with her today) that I actually think I like her that way. FUCK. This is NOT how I wanted things to go. With the midterm storm just around the corner I can't afford to lose control of my mental state, and I don't want to complicate or jeopardize the amazing friendship that Clarisse and I have. I don't know why it's so hard for me to just keep my head down and work.
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    Rualani's Journal

    Baby steps. The habit of productivity will come with time. Even though your day was not as productive as you would have liked I think it’s definitely still a step in the right direction. 🙂
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    The Journal of Myself, a person

    Welcome back and thanks for the update. Glad to see you’re still doing well.
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    My Drawing Journal

    Bro that is amazing O__O like something out of cinematic trailer for a cool video game. Can't wait to see how it turns out!
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    My journey

    I actively burst out laughing in the library when I read "Crochet," so thanks for that. I'm sorry about your relationship with your fiancee, and I sincerely hope that whatever route you end up taking it ends up working out in the end. At the very least it's better to have it happen now than when you're married. Whether it's crocheting or other things, I'm glad to hear that you're staying busy with your life. I think it's already a big win that you didn't go back to gaming despite the difficulties you are currently going through. Keep up the good work!
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    Journey to my white coat

    The director of the lab wrote back! They're sending a vial of the cells, and we can start as early as next week. So excited!