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to sum things up

The last six months have been a whirlwind of change and good things for the future. I was fortunate enough to secure a spot as a PGY-1 Obstetrics and Gynecology resident in Oklahoma this past February. This was a difficult year for the match and I feel very blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue the career path I have fallen in love with over the past two years. 

After Match Day, my husband and I started the journey of first time home purchasing. Finally after three long months we are finally getting settled into our new home and our new city.  Whoever said that buying a home was fun lied. The first weekend of looking at homes was fun and then watching homes being put under contract the day we put an offer on one was a bit heartbreaking and emotional. Don’t get connected to a house until the closing date has come and gone is my advice. 

Finally adding a new addition to our family has been an experience. We added a silver labrador to our family in March. He went on my last rotation with me, traveled with us on our house hunting experience, and has finally started to get cozy in his new home. He probably wondered for awhile if we had one house that we were going to live in. His name is “Doc”. He was my graduation present to myself which is also a good amount of my life commitment. He is healthy and fun. We have managed to keep him alive since we got him. Here is hoping he is raised to be a great hunting dog and running partner. My instagram account has become a documentation of his life. He is loved and the closest thing we are going to have to a child for quite some time. 

Graduation is happening soon. I will add the title of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine to my name. Lots of life changes. All for the better. Hopefully I will have more interesting things to write about.

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It took a long time for me to figure out how to study and an even longer time to figure out where to study. Yes, these are some of the dilemmas that medical students face. Do I study in a group? Do I study by myself? Do I study at home, a coffee shop, the library, a carrel, or a breakout room?

It took me until finals week of the second semester of medical school to figure out that my optimal study space is at home. The only problem with my study space then was that it was a tiny desk that did not have much room for my computer, books, and notes on it all at the same time. Since  I still had that same desk the time that fall semester rolled around I thought that I still needed a study carrel in the library.

The week after school started I decided that I missed studying at home for many, many reasons. I went to office depot and bought a new desk from office depot. What made it even better is that I got a $300 desk for $99. What a deal! After it took Mike about 2 hours to put together this 65 step desk, I now have a wonderful new study space at home! Here are some of my favorite advantages to spending the weekend at home and knowing that I am disciplined enough to stay in my office to do work:

1. I have a coffee maker at home

2. I do not have to plan what I am taking for lunch or must go out to eat because I didn’t bring anything with me

3. I can see my husband on study breaks

4. Good lighting

5. If my phone rings I can answer it and not have to whisper

6. I can see the outside world

7. I can study as early or as late as I want too

8. I can take my earplugs out and listen to the birds chirping outside

9. When the husband is at home he will make me lunch and dinner so I can have optimal study time with minimal interruptions

10. No added stress of other classmates being stressed