So recently, my dad started having some health issues and I actually flew home to see him at the end of February. I actually skipped one of courses at Chicago Heart. I went to help my mom care for my dad. I came back to Chicago for a few days before going on a cruise for a week. I would just say that I needed that time to just relax. And I will say that I feel so much better. Well, unfortunately, I wasn't able to come back as planned because my dad started to get worse and I could only continue to pick the doctor's brains about the condition that he was in. Still he isn't what he was before all this happened but he is alive.
So I came back in time to take my NBME which I was not very optimistic about and I must say that I see what I am studying so hard for now. I don't know why I took so long to take it in the first place but I honestly should've taken it sooner. I can say that I probably have a clearer map of what my study schedule should be opposed to what it was. I also will add that I did not want to purchase UWorld until I got back from the cruise and I honestly probably should've subscribed sooner. I love this question bank so much better than the Kaplan Qbank we got access from the school. The lectures are there if I need them but I can clearly see that I wasted so much time going through that thing. But I don't want to give advise just yet because I am waiting for the results of my NBME at this point. I want to be optimistic about the results but realistically, I hadn't studied since February because all that has gone on. I tried to here and there but it was way too crazy for that to happen.
At this point, I am continuing to study for Step 1 aiming for a new goal of June. My original goal was to take the test in April but that has come closer than expected. I think now that I know what to be prepared for, I am not worried about anything else at this time. I would ask for continued prayers for my dad and his health and all the other students at this time also studying for Step 1. Match day was a while back and SJSM still hasn't posted anything about the people that have matched this year. I would presume a lot because the school has grown and more and more people are passing Step 1 than before.
So before I go, I promised some pictures of me while I was on the cruise so let me show you some of my happiness.
|Chicago Car Show for My Birthday|
|Hair for my birthday!|
|Cruise boat: Carnival Fantasy|
|Towel animal while on the cruise|
|Cozumel's San Francisco Beach|
I hope these few pictures do justice of all the fun I seemed to be having but I assure you that I am not having any fun with the UWorld questions. I would ask for continued prayers for success. I thank you all for reading about my adventures to becoming a doctor. If you have any questions about SJSM or Caribbean medical schools in general, please don't hesitate to send me a message and I try to respond within a few hours no matter what time of day it is.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11, NIV