Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday ~ March 2016

You’d think I’d be used to how quickly time passes after a year and a half of being in medical school, but yet again, I find myself shocked that another month has come and gone. That being said, today is the last day of March whether I’m ready or not. It’s also the last Thursday of the month, meaning it’s time for another Thankful Thursday post!

  1. I am grateful for how understanding my family is of my busy schedule and my inability to come home as often as I’d like. My parents and siblings are extremely supportive of my career goals and fully respect how much time and effort getting a medical degree takes; therefore, they do everything in their power not to pressure me to come home if my schedule does not allow for me to do so without sacrificing my education.
  2. I am thankful for social media, email, texting, other messaging apps, skype, and facetime, which have made it relatively easy for me to stay in touch with my friends and family despite the fact that we are all on different schedules and live hundreds to thousands of miles apart.
  3. I am grateful for the opportunity to do my 3rd year rotations with Geisinger in Scranton, PA. Over the past few months, GA-PCOM has been implementing several changes to our curriculum and within our clinical education department, resulting in a lot of confusion and disorder throughout the school. Fortunately, Kevin, Nima, Shuchi, and I were selected to do our clinical rotations in Scranton with some students from the PA campus. This will not only give us a break from dealing with the currently disorganized GA campus faculty and staff, but also allow us the chance to start networking in the NE in preparation for residency interviews.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

In less than 8 months, I will be starting rotations, which means I may not have another Thanksgiving off for anywhere from 2-10 years. Therefore, I am going to spend this Thanksgiving day celebrating with my family rather than studying or blogging on my computer. I hope y’all will do the same.

This means I won’t be doing a Thankful Thursday post for the month of November, but I’ll pick it back up in December. That being said, I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving and remember to take a moment to think about the many things in your life for which you are thankful!

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Thankful Thursday ~ October 2015

It’s the last Thursday of October, which means it’s time for another Thankful Thursday post!

  1. Although this will not make sense to a lot of people, I’d like to start by saying how thankful I am for my relationship with Abdul. He and I may have broken up earlier this week, but I still think it’s important for me to recognize and appreciate the good things that came from our time together. Our relationship was definitely not perfect (no relationship ever is), but I am so happy that he and I were able to get as close as we did and teach each other things about ourselves that we may not have otherwise learned.
  2. I am also grateful for my friends at school, specifically Shuchi, Sumeer, and Zaheera. I have gotten much closer to each of them since we met last fall, and we have been particularly supportive of one another recently. I know now that they will always be a part of my life regardless of what paths we choose to take.
  3. Lastly, I am thankful for teachers, especially the professors at GA-PCOM who have gone above and beyond to help me over the past couple years. It is reassuring to know that there is a handful of professors who are happy to help when I’m struggling with a difficult concept academically, offer advice regarding my budding medical career, and even advise me when I am having a tough time coping with a situation completely unrelated to school.

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A Long Overdue Thankful Thursday ~ September 2015

Because I missed the past two months and don’t want to miss another one, I’m sharing my September Thankful Thursday post a week late (better late than never, right?).

  1. First of all, I am grateful for dry shampoo. This may seem like a silly thing to be thankful for, but it really does take away some stress on days (like today) when I wake up late and don’t have time to wash or style my hair before going to school or work. Of course, it’s convenient for camping and music festivals, too.
  2. I am also thankful for my workstudy job at the library. I only have to work 11 hours a week, the pay is really good, and I’m able to study a good bit while I’m there.
  3. Lastly, I am grateful for my roommate, Namrata, and our amazing townhouse that’s just a mile from campus. I’ve had some good roommates in the past, but Namrata is definitely the best I’ve had. We are really good friends who have similar priorities, like the same types of food (and are both vegetarians),  agree on the temperature we should set the thermostat to, and keep our rooms and the house equally clean.
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Thankful Thursday ~ June 2015

Today marks the last Thursday of June, so it’s time for another Thankful Thursday post!

  1. I am thankful for my grandmother, the woman who helped raise 4 wonderful children, was the first person to talk to me about politics (mainly why Bill Clinton was the best president we’ve ever had), and loves having people over to celebrate anything and everything with a party in her backyard. She has been struggling with depression and worsening health conditions ever since the unexpected death of my grandfather 5 years ago, but she had surgery earlier this month and seems to be finally getting the help that she needs.
  2. I am grateful for music, which has been a constant source of enjoyment and stress relief throughout my entire life. Whether I’m going to a concert with my parents, discovering new artists to listen to while I study, or running around a music festival trying to make it to as many shows as possible, I can’t help but feel better about myself, my problems, and the world around me when listening to good music.
  3. I am thankful for my car, a black Ford Escape my parents gave me when I was a senior in high school as a graduation present and way of congratulating me for earning so many scholarships for college. The car–which my friend, Colleen, and I named Cliff–has since been on more roadtrips than I can count and will be transporting Carolyn, Zaheera, and me to and from Houston over the next 4 days.