I’m about two weeks away from heading back to Florida for winter break. My break is going to be just about as busy as my fall semester has been, but this is how I live now. I tend to get very overwhelmed when my busy schedule reaches a new peak, but after a while, I adjust and can function pretty normally. I usually have the opinion that I’m working to my maximum capacity until more things are added to my plate. When I meet those new demands, I have a new definition of working to my maximum. I suppose this means there is no maximum, and we just adjust to what we’re given.
This vicious cycle has been occurring since I started my first year at NECO, forcing me to be a productive student and a decently valuable contributor to my clinic sites (thank you, NECO, I would not have the energy if you weren’t forcing me). Continuing my tradition, I am going to bring my winter break of 14 days to a new level of “packed.” I will be visiting family in three different parts of the sunshine state and taking a three day road trip to north Georgia so I can see a dear friend get married in a wooded wonderland. It will be an exhausting trip as usual, but worth it to see my parents, sister, my mother’s extensive family, father’s family down from Oregon, and to see my best friend from 6th grade get married.
Then, when I return to Boston in January, it will be my last semester where I am enrolled in courses at NECO. After a handful of classes, one elective, two days of clinic per week, and taking Part I Boards in the spring, I’m off to Boston University. I will officially be enrolled as a fulltime PhD student. I’m excited to take the graduate courses in my department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. The courses are focused on critical thinking and analysis, answering “why” questions, and using other reasoning techniques. Evidence-based science is stringent, but the most accurate way to answer our questions. Research has zero tolerance for assumptions or loopholes, to the best of human ability. Of course mistakes are made and retractions are needed sometimes, but science is the best method we have to try to improve the human quality of life.
But before I get to 2014, these next couple weeks are about studying, getting through final exams, completing my last clinic days at my current sites, and packing to go home!