Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New School Year!


Its that time of year again, the little kiddies are heading back to school, college students will be back in school also and so many scholars will experience the illustrious first day of their new school, new program, etc!

I start school in less than two weeks and I am spending the remainder of this limited free time getting my son prepared for his first day at a new school (starting next week) and my first day as a 2nd Year Med student.

How I am prepping (Him):

  • Organizing all of his school clothes
  • Buying school supplies
  • Registration/Tour of the New school
  • Starting our morning routine a week early
  • Finding/registering for after school care
  • Random reading, vocab and math quizzes 

How I am prepping (Me):

  • Reviewing my school schedule and planning all his medical/dental visits
  • Handling all/most of my Non-profit work now
  • Resting 
  • Buying school supplies, books etc
  • Calculating my yearly budget
  • Resting
  • Finalizing my scholarship applications
  • Looking for other streams of income
  • Running endless errands for my grandparents while I still have free time
  • Resting
  • Reviewing pathology, microbiology, and pharmacology material
  • And did I say resting

In actuality resting comes far and few in between but I am definitely getting more rest than I would if I was in class Mon-Fri and when my son starts school next week I will have more time to rest and work on my projects.

ADVICE TO 1ST YEAR Professional School students:
 
Whether you have started already or will start in the coming weeks or days:

Finances
  • Review your financial aid information, make sure everything is accurate and never be afraid to ask for more free money (grants, scholarships etc). Also Do you know how much debt you have entering school? If youre like me an have a few degrees and have dabbled in federal pool money quite a bit, this is need to know information because there is a lifetime cap on federal education funding.
  • If you haven't already apply apply apply for as many outside scholarships as possible, money matters. Yes we are all(majority) going to leave school with some type of debt but thinking about debt in school can be burdensome, especially if you have family or extra unexpected bills. 
  • Make a budget, the frequency/timeline of your budget should depend on when you anticipate a refund check from your school. Its better to over estimate expenses than underestimate, by over estimating and moving my scholarship money to separate accounts, I never find myself in a position needing to request more funding.
Academics (keeping it simple because everyone is different)
  • Pre-read before class, this doesn't mean you have to read the whole chapter but as least scan through majority of it, pick up on new topics and graphs/pics, after lecture if you notice one topic was more stressed than another and its unfamiliar information for you, read that chapter, watch videos on it or whatever works best for you.
  • Its better to keep up than to play catch up. Our school Psychologist said this during orientation last year, and it didn't really hit me until I was knee deep in old material that I was seeing for the first time. Try your best to keep up with the class material each day, review and read, take notes or whatever works for you, each day after class. I know sometimes we get tired after a long day of being in class but try to at least review something before dozing off, that way it leaves less for you to catch up on. If you plan according Mon-Fri and stay on track, you have less work to review on the weekends and you are able to review some/all of the material for a second time (repetition is key) and when your exam nears there will no (or less) material that you are seeing for the first time!
Personal
  • You are human and you body needs care just like you brain! Schedule time to enjoy life, whether it be an hour or 1 day a week!
These were some of the hard lessons I acquired after struggling a bit to find what study methods worked best for me. I found myself always fighting to catch up, give it a try and let me know how it works! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Birthday Cake Please!

Hello World, I am happy to celebrate another year of life, another day to learn and grow and to work on being great (however and whatever I define greatness to be)!!

Something AMAZING, AWESOME and SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS was that I launched my non-profit organization website!

So please check out Conceive A Dream Foundation's new home! Learn about the organization, the work we plan to do in the community and with youth and women, and of course make a donation towards these efforts!

Overall life is life, I am taking the good with the bad and making sweet dessert out of it! My goal for this next year is to devote time and energy into self care, self love and participating in healthy activities that will me bring joy and fulfillment and by doing so I will be a better mother, family member, student and friend!


Friday, June 30, 2017

Beyond Thankful




God is Absolutely Amazing so Remember not matter what storm comes your way (or even a beautiful sunny day) praise him for the good and the bad, and spread the joy and love from his sacrifice with the world!

I am thankful that I was able to wake up today 
I am thankful for my family, friends, associates
I am thankful for the good health of so many
I am thankful that those with ailing health, have the strength to keep going

P.S I have tons of great things to look forward to: 2nd year, Leadership positions, Non-Profit work (Finally YAYYY) and immense personal and spiritual growth 
I am beyond thankful and All praise, honor and glory goes to GOD because I could not have made it on my own!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

June the Rollercoaster!!



A sample of my June. 
June you were filled with humps, bumps, twist and turns!!


My June kicked off great! MPF Scholarship Recipient!

Me and my mini-me at the Scholarship Gala, Hyatt Regency Atlanta


Myself, fellow MSM classmates (rising 4th year and recent graduate) and a undergrad student from my alma mater Spelman, and the President and Dean of my school Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice
Scholars Forum Washington DC

The illustrious and historic U.S Congressman from my home state, John Lewis


The illustrious and historic U.S Congressman from my home state, John Lewis
cameo appearance by recent MSM MD graduate Dr. G

Washington, D.C

Random Washington DC Cuteness

Random Washington DC Cuteness



Year End Research Culminating Ceremony

Year End Research Culminating Ceremony: Physicians, future physicians, leaders and future leaders!


Introducing Shan,
 Mother
2nd Year Medical Student
 2017-2018 Co-Director of the student run H.E.A.L Clinic
Family Medicine Interest Group Vice-President
MSM SNMA Chapter Treasurer
 and Founder of Conceive A Dream Foundation, Inc. (official website coming soon 😊😊😊)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Hello June


Hello June
Hello to another awesome month
Thank you spring for wonderful things
Soon Hello Summer and all its magnificent wonder

Signed: Shan A.K.A Rising Doctor


Big Moments in June History (for me)
June 2016- First Year Orientation for Medical School
Trip to Mexico
June 2015- Summer APEX Program
June 2014- Began my AMSA Just Medicine Fellowship

Big Moments in June (to come)
Diverse Scholars Forum- I will (maybe) present my research!