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October 2013 Resolutions
My tumblr wouldn’t be a tumblr if it wasn’t filled with resolutions! I love resolutions because it keeps me moving towards goals to further learn new stuff, to advance my foray into the world.
1. Learn HTML/CSS
2. Finish a book on the crusades
3. FINISH MODDING MY GOD DAMN COMPUTER CASE
4. Obtain county badge so I can shadow my professor
5. Make profiles for every medical school I will be applying to
EMBRACE IT EDWARD!
Now, I realize why I was so miserable throughout college. It wasn’t problems with friends, it wasn’t that I didnt get to do the hobbies I wanted to do. It was my educational system.
No, it wasn’t because I didn’t want to be a doctor.
It was because undergraduate education was so simple and non directive. Now, I’m studying what I WANT to study. I feel so empowered because I love my professors, love what I am studying, and feel like I’m adding onto my massive store of knowledge.
Nothing beats putting on four hours of Max Vangeli’s CODE RADIO, and going through powerpoints of my Tropical Diseases class for the upcoming test. ^__^!>
Coming back to LA with purpose and drive. The sky’s the limit, dream big. You wait, I’m gonna save the world
Financial accounting is hard. -_-“>
Crawlerz2468 - A youtube battlefield 3 commentator that was afflicted at the age of 3 with arthritis. Continuing surgeries/afflictions/disabilities growing up left him with a high pitched voice that has garnered hateful comments
Andy Whitfield - Spartacus main actor that passed away from cancer
Lee Hee-Ah - A pianist with four fingers and no legs that plays better than pianists with legs and five fingers
Everywhere I look, there are people who pursue what they love to do regardless of obstacles. These stories amaze me and provide the fuel that makes me who I want to be>
I started watching Spartacus recently and found out that Andy Whitfield, who played Spartacus, passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011. I am kind of speechless as I just found this out today and I don’t know whether to feel hurt, sad, angry, depressed. He was 39 and he was an inspiration on and off the show. His story is another testament to not being afraid of the future and just worrying about the now.
A picture of the family he left behind: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/06/23/article-2163627-13BFF73A000005DC-851_634x841.jpg
Inspiring post from SDN
Comments/Feelings/Tips: Don’t listen to the anomalies. If you are reading this and struggling with a bad first score or just starting off your studies for this beast, do not compare yourself to how hard or easy it appears for others (especially the loud mouths on SDN). You’re journey is unique and you need to find your own stride and what works for you. You need to only focus on how YOU will defeat the MCAT. I know there are guys on here that study for 3 hours a day, BS on SDN for the rest of it, and fart out a 35 like it’s nothing. Those people are not the norm, they are freaks and few and far between. The majority of people are busting their arse just as much as you and want to put their head through the wall just like you do (from what I hear, this is no different in med school when dealing with gunners). So, put your head down (not through a wall) and worry about yourself and your own success. Harping on how easy it is for someone else isn’t go to get you to your white coat ceremony.
Final thoughts: Never give up. If this is your dream, you die trying - blood, sweat, and tears baby - the recipe of champions. Failing cannot be an option for you!
Stupid excited to get this game. Gonna wait for a few weeks until they fix all the bugs and performance issues and gonna read up on the history before I play. I SHO EXCITED, I love historical games.
TIL Archimedes was killed by a Roman soldier
Reading Ancient Roman history just showed me how much there is to learn about the ancient world. I DUNNO THIS YEAR I’M JUST REALLY INTO HISTORY.
American history, world history, ancient history, ancient civilizations. It’s amazing how smart people were back in early history and how they emulated our current democracies and republics in the early days, far before we knew about them.
I’m also learning a lot about stuff I heard and read growing up such as Hannibal and Carthage and definitely getting into the genre more and more. I feel like I’ll also be able to pick up cultural references more and whatnot. This month is pretty much waiting for MCAT scores to come out and I feel gridlocked in terms of research and ECs until I get my score so right now I’m just relaxing and reading while keeping up with my school work.
The Untapped Potential of Reading and Writing
This summer, I took Writ340 for engineers. Before I started taking the classes, I absolutely dreaded taking the class, but I learned a lot about myself and the world through the class.
In a 2 month period, I wrote a 6 page paper on the engineering of the piano, a 8 page paper on the ethics of human enhancement, and a 30 page paper on water conservation. All of these papers were finished with the help of research articles and a variety of different media. Writing these papers showed me the incredible amount of different disciplines there were. These last two years, I was involved in the health aspect of research, using research databases like Pubmed, but this summer I read a bunch of engineering articles that piqued my curiosity. The MCAT verbal sections (no matter how much I hated them) also showed me the ridiculous amount of voices and atittudes out there in the literary world.
I hungered for philosophical, historical, engineering, dystopian, technological fulfillment. I started to diversify my reading repertoire (much less begin reading in the first place).
An interesting side note: I picked up Jurassic Park after visiting Universal Studios with my family to read about one of my favorite childhood topics, dinosaurs, but I ended up reading a novel about chaos theory and evolution. The novel differed significantly from the movie and was actually very relevant to my paper on human enhancement.
This coming school year, my resolution is to read more books. I just checked out a book that was referenced in an ethics paper on human enhancement, The End of History and the Last Man. I read the first few pages and it’s pretty enlightening. Granted, there are a lot of cultural and philosophical references that have me dazed and dumbfounded, but I’ll get there.
PS. I need to start checking for grammar even in my blog posts now. I can’t just keep saying I suck at grammar and make it a humorous aspect of my writing. My Writ340 professor called me out for every grammar mistake.>
Nothin ever promised tomorrow today
A Change in Outlook and Perspective
My research supervisor, Sonny Patel, keeps telling me a negative outlook. He’s right.
I always thought I was a positive and optimistic person. I am. But I’m negative towards certain tasks. I always approach things with perfection. I only want to start a hobby or job, knowing that I’m going to excel. If I THINK I’m going to fail, I don’t even try.
But I recently realized how wrong and damaging that outlook can be. It’s about putting in the effort, not being the best. I realized the way I have been approaching things have ruined the experience for me. It’s about enjoying the process and not just about the results. But that doesn’t mean I should totally shed my previous mindset. It’s rather about putting in the effort, and outputting good results, not half-baked results.
So, it’s time to approach my career and what I enjoy daily with a positive mindset and at least trying, rather than quitting at the start.>