I’m not gonna BS you guys, grad school finals are no joke. I’ve been sludging through everything from glutamine metabolism to chi-squared statistics all week/weekend (is sludging even a real word?). But, starting Thursday, I’ll be working on some BIG things for TSOH, so look out!
In the meantime, I mentioned my finals because, despite working hard all day yesterday (and all the days prior it feels like), I made a strict plan to be out of control productive today. You know, gym by 6:30 AM, at my desk doing a practice exam by 8:30…and it powered through till 11 PM. After having a similar schedule yesterday, when my alarm went off at 6 this morning, I was just not having it. I snoozed, tossed around, pulled the duvet over my head, and just generally dreaded being half awake for — wait for it — THREE HOURS. That is just not my style. I’m like the wake-up-at-dawn-and-hyperly-poke-your-boyfriend-till-he-wakes-up kind of girl. But, it reminded me that everyone has their days and everyone needs a pick-me-up sometimes, whether mental or Starbucks-bought.
My pick-me-up this morning was a slap in the face by the reason I am going to grad school in the first place. Scrolling through my Flipboard, news articles, Twitter, etc just prolonging actually lifting my head from my pillow, this quote is one of the first things I see. It’s also the reason I am studying clinical nutrition, and why I cannot wait to get my hands dirty in a hospital helping to save lives and, even better, prevent lives from needing saving.
So, if you need that extra pick me up during finals week, or if you’re just generally stressed out before the holidays, remind yourself why you’re doing what you do. Why do you have to get up at the crack of dawn? Why do you have to stay up all night drinking coffee? Why do you need to learn this? Whether it’s school or work or kids jumping on your bed, it is your life and your passions. Respect them, and fulfill them with a smile on your face.
I’m off to happily study epidemiology. Not cause I love epi, but because I’m going to publish a thesis soon and I can’t do that if I have no idea how to do these (long and boring) equations!
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