Chapter 4 : Complete ✔️

Returning to my blog after such a lengthy hiatus always leaves me feeling somewhat ashamed 🙂 Like a mother who has abandoned her offspring and is now crawling back with her tail between her legs . I bring with me good news though! I passed my fourth year ! I am now officially a fifth [...]

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A Year In Review : 2016

The Internet has hailed it one of the worst years in existence and I have some compelling examples from my experience this year to substantiate that claim.  However , the tale of 2016 has not been entirely filled with deep melancholy , unending sadness and pain. Through the forest of despair , ephemeral rays of [...]

Of Measles & Exams

I have finished all my theory modules and clinical rotations for the year ! I should be doing a celebratory dance around my room but my first exam is in a matter of days and I am in study mode 💪📚 Internal Medicine , dare I say, was one of my favourite modules this year! [...]

At Times Inexplicably Small

Current Rotation : Paediatrics Salutations !I thought I'd do a Lily Update  to catch you up, blog reader, with my awkward existence and what I have been making of it for the past month. As this is primarily a blog of feels , do prepare yourself for lots of those 😛 ❤ 🙂 On Hospital [...]

Up & Up 🚀

Lily lives ! Just thought to let you know 🙂 2016 thus far has been incredibly busy. So many things were happening at the same time these past two weeks and it's only now that I can finally breathe !  ❤ Lily Update ❤ 01 Jan - I painted my room lilac !  My obsession [...]

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 [...]

Taking a break . . .

Exhale . . .  My exams are officially over for this year ! Second year is over ! Now to decide if I should eat or sleep first 😴 I am going to on a self vacation. A vacation by myself. A "Lilycation" if you will💃💃 . I will probably run a lot or go [...]

Lily: Creature of Habit 🐦

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 . Thankfully 😜 . 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. A first year has stolen my favourite desk to sit at in the library. 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 [...]

Feminism Because . . .

I recently engaged in a rather cumbersome conversation in which an equally cumbersome individual entreated me to convince him of the validity of the feminist movement "when all it seems so angry and rather pointless in the long run". The urge to propel my fist in a direction of proximity to his rather smug countenance [...]

Awakenings

“You 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.” ― 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 [...]

Shifting Dullness and other GIT moments

Scheduled Post: I am in the process of fighting for my academic survival (studying for exams) and shall resume regular blogging from the 18th of June. Replies will most probably be slow, so please do not take any offence when confronted by silence. 😀 😀 ❤ ❤ Shifting Dullness Head of surgery department : Can [...]

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?   [...]

Divine Intervention At Its Absolute Best !

I am officially a second year ! I passed ALL my exams ! Even the dreaded Pathology ! Words cannot express how grateful I am to have made it . One sixth of my journey is now complete ! My results were released yesterday afternoon and prior to that I was a bundle of nerves. [...]