We recently had a week off for spring break. We had a tough exam the Friday before, and then a blissful week off to recuperate. It eventually became blissful, but the first few days were a little less peaceful than I would have liked. Friday afternoon until Tuesday night was spent with a nagging worry about my performance on the aforementioned difficult exam. It’s the best feeling to walk out of an exam, confident in a positive outcome, and to never have a second thought until the grades are released. However, I was less than confident about my performance and spent a fair amount of time wondering how the grade would turn out. Fortunately, it was all fine and my grade was satisfactory, but the undercurrent of uncertainty certainly put a bit of a damper on my vacation up until that point.
Another priority during my spring break was to take a trip to visit my undergraduate school, UConn, to procure some props for a presentation I’m giving to high school students hoping to enter STEM programs in college. They want to know more about college life, so I’m going to tell them about my experiences at UConn, with a focus on tips and tricks for college survival. I visited the Avery Point campus and the Storrs campus to gather brochures and posters and even a pennant to show off.
Even though the UConn students were also on spring break, it was still fun to walk around the quiet campus and check out all the changes that have been made in the past couple of years, and admire the favorite places that have stayed the same. For example, I made sure to stop by the greenhouse to see one of my best secret study spots – a bench under a heat lamp in the back of the greenhouse. I did some great studying in that spot, and also nearly fell asleep there quite a few times! I definitely have fond memories of those days.
Another, less enjoyable, item on my to-do list was to go to the dentist to have a broken filling repaired. I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid dental interventions for the past few years, so this was my first brush with local anesthetic since I’ve been in medical school. As the dentist aimed the needle into my mouth, I couldn’t help but think of the pros and cons of various types of anesthetics! Thankfully, the work was done quickly and I was on my way.
My last stop was the beach. I always try to visit the beach while I’m home because it’s one of the things I miss most while I’m in land-locked Albany. My dad and I walked on the beach, picking up sea glass and investigating beach detritus, for a couple of hours. It was very relaxing, which was just what I needed to wind down the vacation.
Now I’m back in Albany with just a few weeks to go before the end of the school year and the beginning of intense board studying. It’s the home stretch. Spring break went by too fast, and now I need to hunker down and get ready for the long slog to the end of the year. Keep wishing me luck!