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Exams are over.. Vacation? Not Quite.

Hey all!

Exams are OVER (does moonwalk excessively). A lesson that I learned from a classmate last year was to never claim that an exam, block of exams or other assessment was easy (Because, let’s face it.. nothing in medical school is easy) but rather, claim that you were PREPARED. I can fortunately say that I was prepared for this block and I’m very proud of the work that I did in the weeks leading up to the exam block. I’d also like to thank my family, my wonderful girlfriend Jessica and her family and my tremendous friends for support through this time. Your support fuels me when I have no more to give.

So.. what next? Vacation? Not yeeeet. A full schedule of classes started bright and early this morning covering topics of Neuropathology in most all of our courses. We have (at least tangentially) covered most of these topics already so the learning curve shouldn’t be too steep. I am, however, pretty exhausted and… decided to stay home as a “distance learner” and take care of some normal human things that I’ve neglected including: shaving, laundry, returning a faulty/feathery down comforter, blogging, exercising… you know, the basics.

In Indianapolis all of our lectures are recorded so here is a picture of MY lecture hall this morning.. Jealous?

Eggs, turkey bacon, country potatoes with onion and a side of Neuropathology.

Eggs, turkey bacon, country potatoes with onion and a side of Neuropathology.

The work never stops, that’s for sure. But you NEED to take time for yourself to ensure longevity in this game we call medical school. Invest in others, smell the roses, laugh a little (or a lot) and treat yourself because…. well, you deserve it. So today I’ll restfully study and tomorrow we shall resume normal business practices of attending lecture. That’s alright because next week is Thanksgiving and I have so much to be thankful for. I’ve provided a few photos of my family, my amazing girlfriend Jessica and her family below just so you know that there is far more than medical school that’s important to me. Have a great week, y’all.

My parents!

My parents!

Family from my Father's side Christmas 2012!

Family Christmas 2012!

My brother Brandon's wedding and the wedding party!

My brother Brandon’s wedding and the wedding party!

Marion Kelly (mentor and father figure) along with his wife Fran, son Kris and daughter Erika.

Marion Kelly (mentor and father figure) along with his wife Fran, son Kris and daughter Erika.

My beautiful girlfriend Jessica and her amazing parents!

My beautiful girlfriend Jessica and her amazing parents!

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present”- Jim Rohn