Second Year: A Glorified Time Management Course

On the internet people use the "drinking from a fire hose" analogy to describe medical school. I thought that I would create my own analogy specific to second year at Tygerberg and how I experienced it . Second year is like being given 100 litres of water to drink every 7 weeks. How you go [...]

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Taking a break . . .

Exhale . . . ย My exams are officially over for this year ! Second year is over ! Now to decide if I should eat or sleep first ๐Ÿ˜ด I am going to on a self vacation. A vacation by myself. A "Lilycation" if you will๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ . I will probably run a lot or go [...]

Lily: Creature of Habit ๐Ÿฆ

I have just two examinations left to complete before I'm in the clear and able to enjoy my well earned holiday ! *Cue wild and uncoordinated dancing! The papers have mostly been kind to me. Nothing has made me despair or writhe in agony afterwards . Thankfullyย ๐Ÿ˜œ . I'm just looking forward to completing what's [...]

Phantasms and Pre-Examination Woes

The sixth years are pimping out all the desks in the study center. Aย first year has stolen my favourite desk to sit at in the library.ย I have to park in the periphery because the parking closest to the lecture halls is always closed. I haven't gone running or done any form of exercise for a [...]

Biological Clocks and Tokophobia ๐Ÿ•“

The pregnant female is probably the most undecorated hero that society has. Every woman that has ever been pregnant and given birth , be it viaย the traditional route or through surgical means, deserves numerous medals of honour and bravery. There are a myriad of complications that can occur during pregnancy , labour itself can present [...]

Swept away by Endo๐Ÿ“š

Do not underestimate the amount of work that lecturers can pack into a three week module ! Two weeks agoย I remember telling a friend of mine that I could not see how difficult this module was going to be , granted that it was to consist ofย only three short weeks. I would like to retract [...]

All Bashfulness Aside . . .

Urology lectures are so different from when I was learning about the reproductive system in the ninth grade. I went to an all girls high school so modesty was always encouraged. We always had to be respectful and decent young ladies who never ever used vulgar and crude language. The said vulgar words being penis [...]

Penis transplants and Vasectomies !

Week 4 of the Urogenital system beckons and I can say with utmost certainty that I am ready for it ๐Ÿ™‚ It's going to be a lot of work but the fact that we have the surgeon who pioneered the very first successful penis transplant ( yes , a penis transplant) in the WORLD, lecturing [...]

Awakenings

โ€œYou may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.โ€ โ€• Maya Angelou This week I received what I would term an awakening. It [...]

Winter Break

After six months of working us into the ground , our course convenors deemed it necessary to give us a short break to rest our poor brains. I absolutely refuse to call fourteen days a holiday because that would fool myself into thinking that I could actually do more than just sleep. My exams were [...]

The Quintessence of Second Year

Suffering. That is the great quintessence of second year. You suffer academically. You suffer emotionally. You suffer mentally. You also suffer physically. If the leprechauns really have it in for you, all four modes of sufferance will coincide in a beautiful kaleidoscope of misery and chaos. Random Person: And how is school my dear?   [...]

Apply Gluteus Maximus To Chair

The workload in second year quadruples every single day and weekends are patently reserved for the sole purpose of desperately trying to play catch up on the 20+ lectures that you attended during that week. Prior to the end of block test for the respiratory system, I had a complete collapse of all mental and [...]

Anatomical Heart Borders and Formaldehyde

Here at (insert university that I attend) there is no such thing as "waiting for students to settle in". We had twelve hours of dissection in the last week in the course of three days (each day with four hours of dissection) . I now wear the scent of formaldehyde like a perfume. The smell [...]

Splendiferous Moments :)

What happened before Friday afternoon (Friday morning End Of Block Test) does not deserve any mention nor does it warrant any discussion on this blog (This is my happy space). However, the time period betweenย Friday afternoon and Sundayย afternoon was resplendentย and is definitely worth mentioning ๐Ÿ™‚ โค End Of Block weekends are the crรจme de la [...]

Sleep Deprived and Hungry

I am writing a test based on ย 111 (one hundred and eleven)ย ย lectures in ten days ! Can somebody please hand me the keys to a fully-stocked liquor cabinet now. I have an urgent need to drown my sorrows. One module near completion and I can say I understandย the reason for second year's sinister reputation. The [...]