After previewing all of my classes for the first week, all I can say is WOW! As most of you know, this is the most crucial semester of my entire undergraduate career (actually, from what I hear it’s everyone’s most crucial or at least the most difficult/craziest). Even though I’m only taking 13 credit hours, it feels like I’m taking 18+! Even my roommate feels the same way about her classes and she is taking the same amount that I am. As a quick reminder, here’s what is on my plate:
1. Classes – BIOS 220 Genetics (3 hrs), BIOS 240 Homeostasis (3 hrs), BIOS 452 Biochemistry I (4 hrs), HON 201 Current Perspectives in Diabetes and Treatments (1 hr), ASAM 105 Are you Doctor-Author yet? (1 hr), and a Kaplan MCAT course (3-6 hrs per week)
2. SFP/HAC – We’re going to high schools again! Clemente High School has welcomed us back and I am very excited to send over the finalized presentations and teaching aids to them soon. Next stop, training my members in their public-speaking/interacting with an audience skills!
3. Research – I am limiting myself to one time a week, even though I would love to go in at least three times…but all of the reading and homework and studying I have to do for my classes is very intensive! And the studying….ahhhh! I’m excited to work on a new project soon after I finish qPCR-ing one that was done over winter break. I hope out of my crazy busy schedule I can do a poster presentation at the UIC Undergraduate/Graduate Symposium in April!
Imagine if I did not go on hiatus for my other jobs…oh man. I don’t think I’d be sleeping ever! I love sleep so much.
So, I’m not sure how crazy everyone’s schedule is, but always look to the end goal! I need to also start writing my personal statement for medical school, collecting letters of recommendation from professors and employers that I have had a pleasure of knowing, and continuously studying for that MCAT! I am hoping to work incredibly hard to get a 4.0 this semester so that I can prove that without part-time jobs (just one if you count research) and only one club that I can succeed!
Wishing the best of luck to everyone! :D