Having a Social Life in Podiatric Medical School

Having a Social Life in Podiatric Medical School

Whenever I talk about my life as a student with friends and family who aren’t in the medical field, I feel like no one really understands what our day to day life is really like. People either think that school is like Grey’s Anatomy or that it’s basically the same thing as undergrad.

While it is true that there are weeks when I study well over 80 hours, there are other times when I have two weeks off. It all balances out.

So, here’s what it has really been like for me:

  1. You can have a social life!
  2. You will miss out on things…
  3. Your classmates will be amazing, and probably become your best friends.
  4. You will be able to travel.
  5. Prioritizing is KEY!

Before starting school, I even thought that all of my twenties would be devoted to studying, and there would be no time for fun. Thankfully, that is so not true! Over the past two years I have been able to travel all over the country, spend holidays with family, plan a wedding, make new friends, and explore Cleveland!

Celebrating my 25th birthday with classmates!
Our school’s annual formal, AKA the “Foot Ball”
At a friends wedding in Colorado, it was so special that we got to be there.
I went to Utah with my besties last summer for a camping trip!
We went to Austin for my Bachelorette weekend 😊

If you are thinking about going into medicine, especially podiatry school, don’t let the work load intimidate you! You will be able to squeeze some fun into your busy schedule.

School is important, but I would argue that relationships, especially with your family, are the MOST important.Prioritize the people in your life and the rest will fall into place. Whether you are thriving or struggling you need a support system!

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

  1. This week I had a little “Treat Yo Self” moment and bought some fresh flowers. They look so cute in our little apartment, I wish they would last forever.
  2. Still reading this book… it is so scary. I don’t think I will ever go on a cruise after reading it.
  3. Tomorrow I am going to a bridal shower brunch, I am hoping that it will be warm enough to wear this dress that I bought a couple of weeks ago.
  4. Eight nine days until boards! I know it is going to fly by!!
  5. Do I order these? Or do I save myself from the temptation? The Reeses’ egg is just the best candy…
Studying at Home

Studying at Home

One of the fantastic, and unique, aspects of our program is that lecture attendance is not required. The lectures are recorded so you can watch them whenever and wherever you want… it’s amazing.

So, for me, I like to mix it up. Some days I go to all my lectures, it’s nice to see your classmates and teachers, and to ask any questions you may have. On other days, I watch lectures from home!

There are pros and cons to both so I thought I would discuss the advantages of both and go through my schedule when I work from home. (I’ll do a day I go to school on another day!)

My cute home office makes me so happy.

At Home

  • NO COMMUTE! We live about thirty minutes from school, so working from home is really nice. Sitting in traffic just feels like such a waste of time, and honestly makes me grumpy!
  • During study breaks I can get some cleaning, meal prepping, laundry, and now blogging done. At school, I can get caught up chatting with people, so at home I can focus on non school-related productivity.
  • Cooking! When I study from home, I have more time to make a nice dinner. I try to make a point of cooking dinner at least once a week and spending the evening with my husband and off the computer.
  • There are less distractions at home than at school! No one to chat with, no spontaneous Starbucks trips, no drama.

At School

  • FRIENDS! Okay, so if you know me, you know I love to talk! Sometimes when I work from home, I don’t talk to anyone the entire day. By the time Andrew gets home I am dying for some social interaction. I enjoy going to school and keeping up with my classmates!
  • Going to class gives you an opportunity to be face to face with your professor. There are about 100 people in my class, an on an average day, there are probably 25 people in lecture. It can separate you from your classmates if your teacher knows your name and face.
  • Accountability! When I study alone I tend to make excuses for myself and slack off, because no one will know if you watched an hour of Real Housewives if you’re home alone. But, at school, some one would call you out!
  • Determining your own schedule can be a challenge, so, when I go to school it is all laid out for me. No need to stress about it!

My Day at Home

7:15 AM: I wake up! Scroll through instagram, make a cup of coffee, and futz around the apartment for a little while.

8:00 AM: I sit down at my desk, in my pajamas, and watch a pharmacology lecture.

10:00 AM: I finish the lecture, it was a long one! Then I fold a load of laundry, get dressed, and (just being transparent here) watch some TV. I do make sure that I actually get dressed even if I work at home, preferably in jeans, because I think it’s important to get ready to take on the day, even if you aren’t leaving the house.

11:30 AM: Okay, back at my desk. Time to watch another pharm lecture, I am almost caught up from the ones I missed studying for exams!

1:07 PM: Woohoo! Second pharm lecture done. Now it’s time for some lunch…

I had scrambled eggs with spinach, onions, bell pepper, and jalapeños, and a piece of toast. Not pretty, but delicious!

1:53 PM: Lunch: eaten. Kitchen: cleaned. Another load of laundry: done. Cookies eaten: 2. Now, it’s time to start some boards prep. (90 days until test day!!!)

5:00 PM: I finish up studying for the day 😊. I made some progress studying micro and biochemistry in First Aid, and then reviewed my Lower Anatomy notes from last year.

5:45 PM: Andrew texts me saying he is running late so I pour myself a glass of wine and start this podcast.

6:30 PM: Andrew arrives home and I start making dinner. Tonight we are having pork chops with a white wine sauce, it’s one of my favorites!

7:30 PM: We are done with dinner, and we clean up the kitchen. I am a messy chef, so the kitchen looks like a bomb went off.

7:30-10:00 PM: I hang out with my husband, watch some TV, and read a few chapters of this book, it is so scary!

10:00 PM: Lights out! I’ll be up early tomorrow so gotta get them zzzz’s.

Spring Break

Spring Break

This Spring Break we went to Puerto Rico for a little delayed honeymoon! We had such a wonderful time seeing all the colorful buildings of San Juan and having a few too many mojitos.

I mean how amazing are these colors?!

We stayed at La Concha, which had the most beautiful beach and pool!

Spring Break is a great opportunity to catch up on sleep, rest, and to return to school recharged. But, if I am being honest, getting up for school this morning was tough!

Pray for me getting through this week!

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Post exam week vibes…

After finishing my radiology exam today I am officially on spring break! Woohoo! I am so excited to relax all weekend, and then, on Monday we are headed to Puerto Rico!

  1. I am so excited to watch this movie. I went down the Theranos rabbit hole a couple months ago, the story is so insane!
  2. I may have to swing by the mall to pick up this hat for our trip, I can’t wait for some sunshine. (It is currently snowing in Ohio)
  3. This book has been sitting on my nightstand for months… hopefully I finish it this week.
  4. Can’t wait to catch up on my favorite podcast.
  5. Dying to try this recipe.

Hope you have a relaxing and fun weekend!

Exam Day

Exam Day

Exam days are long, stressful, and busy.

This is typically what I do on exam days as a second year podiatric medical student.

Today I have an exam in Intro to Surgery and tomorrow I have a Pediatric Medicine exam.

5:00 AM: My alarm goes off… I hit the snooze as fast as possible.

5:20 AM: Okay, I’m up and I make my first cup of coffee for the day.

5:25 AM: I’m at my desk. I read through all the notes I Have for the exam today.

6:45 AM: I wake up Andrew, and return to studying.

7:45 AM: I start getting dressed and ready for the day!

8:00 AM: Ready to go!

8:45 AM: I arrive at school and meet up with some of my classmates and we review material. We quiz each other and go over anything we are still confused about.

11:00 AM: Lunchtime! I get some vegan enchiladas from the cafeteria at school. My classmates and I continue to quiz each other until the exam.

1:00 PM: Exam Time!

1:50 PM: Phew, that was a tough one. I hang around the cafeteria and discuss some of the questions with my friends.

2:10 PM: I start reviewing for the exam tomorrow.

3:45 PM: I can’t focus anymore, I leave school and sit in traffic for 45 minutes on my way home.

4:30 PM: I’m home! I plop myself on the couch and write this post, watch some youtube, and drink some water. (I really need to work on drinking water throughout the day!)

4:50 PM: I motivate and start studying for my pod med exam. This exam covers sooooo many antibiotics.

6:00 PM: Andrew gets home and we run to the gas station for dinner 😬. We pick up some sandwiches and watch two episodes of The Office while we eat.

7:20 PM: Alright, back to studying…

10:00 PM: Time to get ready for bed! Woohoo survived the day!

10:20 PM: Set my alarm for 5AM and go to sleep.