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 [...]

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A year in review :)

In twelve days, the year of 2014 will be no more. We will be ushering a brand new and as yet unwritten year into our midst. Lily's year : a review January - It started off terribly with a tonsilitis infection on the eve of the New Year but things became much rosier after a few [...]

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. [...]

Lily then and Lily now . . .

Day 22: How have you changed in the past two years? Two years ago I was approaching the end of my grade eleven year. I was going to enter matric, my final year in high school the following year in 2013. I was anxious about a number of things back then. *I was nervous about my [...]

Types of Medical Students : Exam Edition

Types of Medical Students : Exam Edition I have a theory , an excellent theory now that I have pondered upon it, that the true qualities of a medical student are only observable just before they are to write their year-end examinations. This is based on the observations I have made in my dynamic class [...]

OSCE time !

Objective Standard Clinical Examination Time ! My classmates who live on campus have each other to practice on for OSCEs. I have had to be creative and use my younger brothers as my models as a result of my home-dwelling status. Getting my little four year old brother to sit still was a mission but [...]

Highs and Lows

Day 17 : Highs and lows of this past year Low I can only think of one incident during which I felt low and that was at the very beginning of the year after writing my first Chemistry test. It was my first university assessment and I was really nervous. My mind had not yet braced itself [...]

Intro to Clinical Medicine : New Block !

The bluest Mondays are those that come directly after an end of block weekend. One can't help but torture themselves with images from their gloriously relaxing weekend where the minimal use of brain cells was socially acceptable. Pharmacology was depressing but I am on the route towards recovery : I am basically getting over it [...]

Death by Pharmacology

"When negative marking happens to good people" Sometimes Pharmacology just comes around and literally knocks you down . I wrote my pharmacology end of block test on Friday and it was, to state it simply,  the most awful test that I have ever had to endure! ( I can think of a whole range of [...]

The life of an off-campus student

"Don't you wish you lived on campus Lily? " - If I had a nickel ( rand) for every time someone asked me that question, I'd be able to buy myself a Jumbo box of Astros. I am part of the minority of students in my year who do not stay in residences on campus. The [...]

Back to disenchanting reality !

My week long recess has come to an abrupt end and tomorrow I will be writing the pharmacology mid-module test . It is with a heavy heart that I bid adieu to movie and series marathons , unhurried awakenings and leisurely reclination . Tomorrow I will have to readjust to the bustle of the MB,ChB [...]

Lily is my name . . . procrastination is my game.

"Hi everyone , I'm Lily and I am a procrastinator " You begin with the harmless intention of doing an activity as simple as checking your email and 2-3 hours later you find yourself reading fanfiction on tumblr. It just happens that way. I am a procrastinator. I have been one for as long as I can [...]

Mid-term Madness

Holidays and vacations are my life source. They are times during which I practice triple "R"( Rest, Relax and Recharge). When on holiday , I disengage from the person that I am on campus and I become mellow, carefree and (dare I say ) lazy. My alarm which usually goes off at 5 am is [...]

Pharmacology : A new chapter

Pathology has come to an end and I am set to embark on a brand new adventure : Pharmacology ! Pharmacology is the study of drug action . Med students are not cool enough to learn how to make drugs, so we just learn how to use them. I am really excited to study Pharmacology because my father does [...]