Boards season is in full swing. 14+ hour study days, bottomless pots of coffee, and seemingly endless work to do. It is arguably the worst part of the whole medical school process. The silver lining? When it is over, the best part of our education begins – the clinical years! Until then, it’s books, videos, and notes for the next 4 weeks. And maybe the occasional photo-taking, beach-walking break.
This may sound completely crazy, but there has always been something special to me about winter semester finals. Sure, finals are loaded with stress, exhaustion, and a borderline unhealthy consumption of coffee, but when I think of winter exams, I am reminded of my friends and I locking ourselves away for days at a time in a warm cozy room away from the snow and cold. Days locked in secret study rooms, libraries, and living rooms surrounded with paper, books, and unhealthy snacks to stay awake. In those seemingly miserable times, some of the most important bonds were created. This is (hopefully) my last typical winter finals, and again I spent it with friends, in front of a Christmas tree, while listening to my favorite George Winston album. On to a new semester and new year :)
It was that perfectly heavy snow that stuck to each branch. Hopefully this means a white Christmas too!
How has it been over a year since I’ve last posted?! As with most of my massive gaps in posting, it has been a busy time. I started and finished my first year of medical school, took an incredible summer vacation including a medical mission trip to Africa, and now am full force into year two. Now the weather is beginning to turn cold, reading textbooks is becoming monotonous, and the daunting task of board preparations is looming overhead. I find myself once again needing to take a step back from life to appreciate where I am right now without worrying about the future. And so, I commence the blog once again.
For todays post, I bring you, the first day of winter. Ok, maybe not actual winter, but Erie seems to think it is. Someone forgot to tell the trees, and now their last autumn remnants are covered in white. I was not prepared for this much snow so early (we got around 10 inches today!), but I have to say, it was quite beautiful.
While I was home this summer, I decided to break out my Dad’s old manual film camera. Took a little while to get used to it (I kept looking at the back of the camera for the picture that I just took – what a weird habit!), but I got some neat pictures out of the roll! I forgot how satisfying it is to not have any idea what you’re taking until you get the film developed. It is like finding a prize at the bottom of a cereal box.
Here are some from the roll:
Lilly’s At Harris Bay Yacht Club in Lake George
Saratoga farmers market
Lock 2 on the Erie Canal
Another Lock 2
Dad and Marko