And just like that, my two weeks of “Summer” break between Didactic and Clinical years is over. I spent most of my time bumming around my parent’s house, and honestly, there is no way that I would rather have spent my time.
Downside of all of my bumming around is that I was not nearly as productive as I wanted to be. I wanted to do some preparing for clinicals as well as write some posts, but I ended up doing none of that. But, sometimes we just need a little break to be lazy. On the positive, I have a TON of posts that I have planned to share with you guys in the upcoming weeks, so I hope you’re excited!
On PA School:
- Tomorrow is my first day of my first rotation of clinical year! AGH, I am so excited! I could not be more thrilled to put didactic year behind me (kind of) and move forward into clinicals – partially because I feel like rotations are something that I can finally excel at. I had always heard that PA school was going to be challenging, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so insane. At least for rotations, I am more confident in my patient care abilities than I have felt about some of my test taking abilities. My first rotation is Dermatology – my elective.
On White Coat Wardrobe Steals:
- Best part about being home? Going shopping with my mom! We hit the outlet stores and found some really great deals. I was able to get two full outfits (tops + bottoms) for less than $90.
- Macy’s was having “Last Call” for sale shoes over the weekend, and I got these great black loafers that will be perfect for Clinical rotations! They’re surprisingly comfortable, and the sole is supportive enough that I don’t doubt I’ll be able to wear them for long hours. They’re available online here, but I got them for another $20 off in store, so I would definitely check your local Macy’s first.
On Beauty and Health:
- I got my eyebrows tattooed on (again). I originally got them done a couple of years ago, but since the tattoo is on my face and uses a different kind of ink, they do fade. So every so often, I go back in and get them touched up. I personally love them and think they look great! I’m going to be doing a more in-depth review of why I got them done and what I think of them later this week! So be on the lookout.
- May is Melanoma Awareness Month (and all of skin cancers), which made it only fitting that this past week I had gone to get my biannual skin check. I had posted about it on Instagram. Well, I got my biopsy results back in and ended up needing to go back this week to get something further excised. Nothing scary, but better safe then sorry! What I had is called a Spitz Nevus – and histologically it has characteristics that overlap with Melanoma. Because of that, and with my history of having severally atypical dysplastic nevi, my PA-C decided it would be best to do a more aggressive complete excision of the lesion to get clean margins. Anyways, the reason I’m sharing this with you all is because skin cancer is a real risk. It doesn’t just happen to the elderly, or those with fair skin, or people who get a lot of sun exposure. Few cancers can be so easily caught early with something so simple, which means you have no reason not to get a skin checked.
- Applying to PA school right now? Check out my post here on tips for writing your personal statement! The personal statement is one of the most important aspects of your application (if not the most important thing). What you say can make or break your application, so you want to make sure it’s good.
Motivational Quote of the Week:
If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”
I’ve often commented on how grateful I am for all of the challenges that I’ve faced in my journey to PA school, and I can’t emphasis how true that is. All of those challenges have made me into the person that I am today and the future provider that I hope to be. So keep this in mind as you keep plugging along in life!
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