After my review course in Chicago this past summer, I moved to coastal SC to begin studying for Step 1. As many of you know, Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and parts of the US. We did not have an official evacuation notice where we were, but we decided to return to the Upstate to be with my family. We had family and cousins come up from Florida for their evacuations, and we had so much fun! They brought some friends with them, so it was really nice meeting new people and hanging out altogether in the house. The hurricane didn’t directly hit us, but we got LOTS of high winds and a lot of rain. Thankfully we were able to maintain electricity throughout everything. Two of our trees were snapped in the front yard, but thankfully we were all safe!
It was really hard to focus on studying during this anxious (and exciting) time. I attempted to complete U-world questions and tried to do a good bit early in the mornings before everyone woke up. But with all the excitement, I decided to take a little break and hang out with the cousins in the afternoon. We played lots of board games and card games and stayed up late talking and hanging out. It’s always a nice break to have from studying, and the monotony of a routine centered around studying 24/7. I was also tracking the hurricane pretty frequently because it was fascinating, as well as terrifying. I am so glad the storm is over, and everyone can move on and start to rebuild!