UPDATED: The following article was published once prior to the instagram event and edited after it so you can have the run down of what went on. Updates are in PINK
First published: Sept. 19th, 2017
I am excited to announce that I will be doing a “day in the life” video via my Instagram story.
I am so glad that I got the chance to share my day with you. Unfortunately, I grossly underestimated how busy our day would be. Hopefully, you will join me for another “day in the life” soon! Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see!
I am choosing to do it this Friday, September 22nd!! I chose Friday because I think it gives you a good sample of everything we have been doing this year. If I get positive feedback I will be sure to make more. I will update this post with the details this weekend but for now here is what the plan looks like (until then, be sure to FOLLOW ME so you don’t miss out on any of the action)
THE RUN DOWN:
Friday 22nd 2017:
7:00am: Study / Review
My husband just started a new job that he has to be at by 7:30 am, so I get dropped off a little early. It works out for me because we normally have class 8am-5pm and I am too exhausted to study at night so I use the extra on-campus to my advantage.
I ran into some friends studying at starbs! I love when you are with a group where each of you can particpate in a BENEFICIAL review…this is not always the case. Be mindful of yourself, your anxiety, your study habbits and the way you learn. Sometimes it is more beneficial to sit and stare at the wall with your earphones blasting good music so you don’t get all wrapped up in all the buzzing.
Also during this time…spilled my PSL. 😦
9:00am: PERIO EXAM!
Exams, exams, exams. Get used to cramming! Dental school is full of exams.
OUCH! This exam required more than cramming, obvs cramming should never be your first choice but don’t be too hard on yourself if it happens occasionally. Myself and the majority of my classmates struggled with this one. There were a lot of questions that read as a paragraph and the answer choices were like:
a) Sentences 1,2,5 are flase
b) Sentences 1 and 5 are false
c.) all sentences are true
d)sentences 1, 3, 5 are true
etc….. It was tough! You had to know like 5x the material for each question!
10:00am: Biochem Lecture
Yep, you still have basic science courses after undergrad….
We have an AWESOME professor for biochem currently. She even gave us a break because she saw that many of us were so brain dead from the exam. Some poor interviewees walked through our class to see what it was like and we all just stared at them (oops!) I wish they could have seen my true feelings (I REALLY love dental school) but in reality not every second of every day is your best moment.
Also…side note on biochem…we talked a little about Van der wall’s forces and some of the chemical and amino acids when discussing caries in our cariology course. Dental school is awesome because you get to start putting all of your knowledge together to see the big picture and how it will help you help your patients some day!
12:00 LUNCH TIME
Hopefully, I will get to show off the cafeteria because honestly, lunchtime with my BFF’s is pretty much my favorite time of the day.
Yep! Fav part of the day. My best friends and I always eat here, even when we pack our own lunch (which is a good idea btw because $$$) I ate some sushi (brain food! lol) and we just talked about how excited we were for white coat. Some students had their families meet them for lunch so I enjoyed meeting everyone. Lunch is a great time to decompress, even when you have a million things to study its good to socialize and take a break.
1:00-4:00 Dental Anatomy Lecture and Sim-Lab
I’ll show off my waxing skills…lol jk…I kinda struggle with waxing but you can still see what I am up to. I will probably get to work with my articulator and mounting my cast which will be fun!
Okay, so I know I did not post anything about lab because…honestly it was a rough day for me. My mind was elsewhere, I was behind on my assignments, my classmates were leaving early because they had moved on and were going to get all dolled up. I was frustrated and teary eyed when my instructor finally said I could be dismissed for the day. It happens but it gets better…I got to get caught up Monday (see pics below)
5:00 Getting Ready
I am going to a friend’s house (who lives close to campus) to get all dolled up for white coat!!
We were RUSHING! But it was fun to giggle and choose earrings for each other.
6:30 WHITE COAT CEREMONY
I am so excited to take you with me! I have been dreaming about this day for yearrrsss..
WOW! Our class looks GOOD outside of scrubs and messy buns! 😉 We had a great time, and I had the chance to thank my friends parents for raising the most wonderful human beings I know. My mom, husband, grandma and aunt were all able to attend and they kept commenting on how “fancy” I was. They were so proud and it felt so good to show off all my hardwork to this point. The white coat symbolized becoming a professional, a role model, a leader, a healthcare provider. With this new self comes a lot of new responsibility and honestly, it gave me the motivation to push through the hard days and remember why I am here and how I got here.
8:30 Let’s PARtyyyy
We are finishing up our first round of exams and are in some serious need of fun and celebration. So, most of the class is planning on going out and blowing off a little steam. Dental school is not ALL work and no play.
After dinner with the family a few from our class met up down town for a few drinks and celebration. My husband went with and it was great to just forget about school for a little while and remember we have a life.
Let me know if you would like to see anything specific (next time) and I will make sure to fit it in.
Happy Fall guys,
I hope you are looking forward to hanging out with me