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@karabas 120 days sounds lovely. I'll do my best!

4/5 finals done now. Honestly I feel pretty ehhhh about all of them, but that's why I worked my tail off early on--so that I could take pressure off this point of the semester when the burnout sets in. Just have my poster session on Monday, the Mol Bio final on Tuesday, and then...that's it. 5 weeks that I can use to work on other stuff for med school applications. Can't wait!

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Shane and I had our poster session for our project today. Got first overall among all the presenters, so that was nice!

Got the Mol Bio final tomorrow. I'm sitting comfortably at 148/150 total points right now after maxing out participation and worksheets, but not even half the points have been put in the gradebook yet (notebook and final, both worth 100 points each). To get an A in the class I can afford to lose 22.5 more points, so the goal is to come as close as possible to 100 points on the final to support my undoubtedly terrible notebook score. Finished going over the review sheet today and I'm just flat out ready to end this semester at this point.

 

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6 hours ago, JustTom said:
6 hours ago, Deku said:

I'm just flat out ready to end this semester at this point.

Duuuuude exactly. Please let this year end already lmao. 

Lol. I hated university (I love learning... just not in school) and everybody kept telling me, "just wait till you get a job, you'll hate working and wish you went back to uni!"

Nope. Never happened. Every time somebody mentions their uni studies, I feel thankful for not having to go through that again 😄

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Quick update--Got the A+ in Stem Cell lecture! 😮 

It remains to be seen what becomes of the Mol Bio grades though...

Edit: And an A+ in Stem Cell lab! 🙏

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Mol Bio grades came back today! Looks like all my stressing was for nothing...

4.0 is looking like more and more of a possibility for this semester!

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You're such a typical straight-A student, stressing over how you're gonna get really bad grades and then getting really good ones 😄

Been there done that myself, although definitely not to the point of a 4.0! Good work man!

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Welp that’s a wrap—4.0 this semester is clinched unless I somehow choked in Project Seminar. 

I’m still worthless at getting girls but at least I’m feeling a lot better about my ability to succeed academically at this point. 

Best of luck to all my fellow GameQuitters in your final exams. 

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@Samon Med school is still reaaally far off, even by the most generous estimates. At the very earliest it's looking like I'm going to be applying in the Summer of 2020. I actually pulled an all-nighter tonight just thinking about all the actions I need to take and how I'm going to make it all work within the next 18 months. Some thoughts I scribbled down:

1. I need to find myself a good premed advisor. Maybe my school has one, I need to poke around.

2. I need to take more undergrad classes. Remember the 4.0 I got this semester, and how damn hard I worked for it? It all pretty much means nothing, because med schools actually strongly prefer undergrad grades. So I'm looking to take 10+ units of undergrad next semester to really kick up my GPA.

3. I need to start studying for the MCAT and volunteering. Gah. It feels like every time I type this, and I never make any solid concrete headway into getting these done. Goddamit Deku get your shit together. The MCAT is like the final boss that's the biggest obstacle right now. If I can nail that test then I'm pretty much through, if not then all the work in the world won't help me. So I guess I really should be making that test a bigger part of my life right now.

I'm pretty beat right now, so I'm going to crash, but I have a nagging feeling that there's more I have to do that I've just forgotten for now. More later.

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Spent most of today working some scheduling magic, and finally came up with a course load that will somehow allow me to take 9 undergraduate credits and 19 total credits, instruct Immunology lab, and still give me the cap space to fit in potentially 2 volunteering activities, bible study and MCAT preparation. Next semester is going to suck but I'll theoretically be in a good position if it all goes well.

This all of course hinges on the professor of Path Micro and Hematology allowing me to add into his 7:30 am - 8:45 pm classes without having taking the prerequisites. ^__^"

Also, I have more news in that I've decided to sign up for a 9-day mountaineering trip in the Pacific Northwest this summer, comprising of 6 days climbing in the Cascades followed by a 3-day attempt of Mount Rainier. Climbing Everest has always been a dream of mine, and hopefully this becomes a stepping stone to accomplish that goal. This was the reward I promised myself for acing my classes last semester, landing the instructor job for Immunology lab, and securing two good references for medical school, so I'm looking forward to it. Somehow I'll have to figure out a way to incorporate the required conditioning into my saturated schedule.

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Climbing moutains is definetly something I want to do too. Doesnt need to be the everest but I think thats pretty nice. Maybe one day Ill start with it

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Mind's feeling a bit disorganized and stressed so took a day off to declutter my living spaces. Feels a lot better now!

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Setting goals for the rest of break today:

--Review 1 Bible Study lesson a day

--Take notes on MCAT Biology, Biochemistry, and Organic Chemistry sections

--Begin conditioning for Mount Rainier. Also, bought the ultimate mountaineering book "Freedom of the Hills" today. I'm going to read and take notes on the content whenever I get the chance.

I've noticed that there are a lot of active members on the forum right now, and that makes me very happy. I can't wait to learn about/catch up on all of the daily journals here, so I'm going to try to allocate at least 15-30 minutes a day to browse around on GameQuitters.

That's all for now! Good night!

PS Had a wonderful chat with a premed advisor and turns out my undergrad GPA will be fine as long as it's above a 3.55 (which I can get with just 6 undergrad credits next semester instead of 9--phew). It doesn't sound like much but it's actually a HUGE load off of me for next sem, so I'm very happy about that.

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Yea, thats true, lot of going on currently here. Thats nice. I remember when I came one month ago, there wasnt nearly as much people as now active

deku, i am interested how this system in your country works. Maybe you get some time to explain which ways u have to get into medical school, what u have to do for it etc. i cant really look through 

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16 minutes ago, Samon said:

Yea, thats true, lot of going on currently here. Thats nice. I remember when I came one month ago, there wasnt nearly as much people as now active

deku, i am interested how this system in your country works. Maybe you get some time to explain which ways u have to get into medical school, what u have to do for it etc. i cant really look through 

Ask and ye shall receive!

What you need to get into medical school in the US:

-Undergraduate degree with a competitive GPA

-Entrance exam scores

-Extracurriculars (clinical work, research, volunteering, leadership, etc)

-References from 3-6 individuals

-A buttload of money, maybe $10,000 total for the whole process

Currently working on 1 and 3 and studying for 2. I'm hoping to pick up references for 4 along the way.

Hope that answered your question!

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Hey Deku,

Been meaning to post this a little bit earlier, but:

As far as I remember from my med school friends is that the MCAT is basically a summary of all the science you've learned in your undergrad. So the big problem people have is they study, say, Organic Chem in their first year of uni and then have to basically re-learn it for the MCATs.

I'd strongly encourage you to check out spaced-repetition flash card methods (there's plenty online about them). You can get a free app like Anki, which does the spaced repetition bit automatically. Basically, every time you get a card right, it increases the amount of time it waits to show it to you again. If you get it wrong, you see it again the next day. But as you keep going, you only need to review a card once every few months to remember it.

If you do this at this point in your studies, you should be able to maintain a lot of your knowledge into the MCATs, which will save you time.

Actually, it'll also just save you time in terms of studying for your finals. If you're constantly reviewing your flash cards, you won't need to study extra for the final, because you'll still remember everything. And with phone apps, you can now do this kind of studying while commuting, walking, eating, or anything else.

It's something I wish I knew about when in university and it's definitely helped me a lot with studying now.

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3 hours ago, karabas said:

Hey Deku,

Been meaning to post this a little bit earlier, but:

As far as I remember from my med school friends is that the MCAT is basically a summary of all the science you've learned in your undergrad. So the big problem people have is they study, say, Organic Chem in their first year of uni and then have to basically re-learn it for the MCATs.

I'd strongly encourage you to check out spaced-repetition flash card methods (there's plenty online about them). You can get a free app like Anki, which does the spaced repetition bit automatically. Basically, every time you get a card right, it increases the amount of time it waits to show it to you again. If you get it wrong, you see it again the next day. But as you keep going, you only need to review a card once every few months to remember it.

If you do this at this point in your studies, you should be able to maintain a lot of your knowledge into the MCATs, which will save you time.

Actually, it'll also just save you time in terms of studying for your finals. If you're constantly reviewing your flash cards, you won't need to study extra for the final, because you'll still remember everything. And with phone apps, you can now do this kind of studying while commuting, walking, eating, or anything else.

It's something I wish I knew about when in university and it's definitely helped me a lot with studying now.

Second this.

And definitely avoid procrastination and cramming before exams. 

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Oh I think that’s a pretty good idea. I think it’ll definitely be useful for all the formulas and stuff, among other things. Thanks @karabas and @Silverlining.

Grades have finally officially come out! I know med schools don’t really care about grad school GPA, but I worked so hard for these grades that I hope they’ll take notice...at least a little bit.

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Gz mate! Nothing better than the good results after hard work!(tbh hard work is everything the outcome is then just like it is)

The system in USA is interesting! In my country people do the highschool and then they usually start with 18years their things they want to study. For medical school you dont need much, just the best grades in high school(you can do tests to push your score or do some practical things, but the school grad is the most important thing)

@karabas ty, i will check this out too, since i struggle hard too with learning.

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Thanks for writing up this whole thread Deku and I hope you continue for next quarter/semester! Very impressive grades.

I'm about to go back and finish my undergrad degree(math) in January after not registering classes for the Fall quarter because of gaming related issues. I'm inspired by the hard work you put in and will be implementing some of the strategies you talked about in my own journal/life.

 

 

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@RS Addict Thanks for the kind words, and best of luck with your own journey!

The past few days have been pretty unremarkable, so there really hasn''t been much to write. Historically studying the MCAT has been quite a challenge for me because it takes months of dedicated effort and commitment, which was really hard to maintain due to urges and burnout. So this time around I'm trying to set a manageable pace of 1 chapter a day, and making it the top priority in my day--I'll roll out of bed in the morning and study my chapter before doing anything else. I won't be done with MCAT studying by the end of break to be sure, but if I can just keep this pace up until the end I'll definitely achieve my goal of finishing Bio, Biochem, and Orgo, which means I'll just need to study Inorganic Chem, Physics, and Psych/Soc over the next semester.

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@Deku Well I read some of your entries and what can I say... I really enjoy your journal. I also feel I can relate to most of it. I should take the time to read it through from start to end, maybe it's going to give me some motivation to go back to set goals to myself like I used to. Thanks for your contributions, and good luck with your journey! 🙂

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Deku I wanted to ask you, whether you already know what kind of doctor you want to be one day? Just curious and sometime its motivating to imagine the future. Of course not too much!

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On 12/27/2018 at 5:55 AM, Deku said:

@RS Addict Thanks for the kind words, and best of luck with your own journey!

The past few days have been pretty unremarkable, so there really hasn''t been much to write. Historically studying the MCAT has been quite a challenge for me because it takes months of dedicated effort and commitment, which was really hard to maintain due to urges and burnout. So this time around I'm trying to set a manageable pace of 1 chapter a day, and making it the top priority in my day--I'll roll out of bed in the morning and study my chapter before doing anything else. I won't be done with MCAT studying by the end of break to be sure, but if I can just keep this pace up until the end I'll definitely achieve my goal of finishing Bio, Biochem, and Orgo, which means I'll just need to study Inorganic Chem, Physics, and Psych/Soc over the next semester.

To be fair given the way you have smashed your grading, I think it is fair to have a bit of a pause. Have you given any more thought to how you want to pace out your MCAT with your other goals? I'd be intrigued to know as I feel I need to get some.more structure into my routine.

Also don't worry about your relapse, I know.it was a few days ago and I'm late to the party, so to speak. The important thing is you are back and setting it for 120 days this time.

We are with you all the way 

 

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