Happy Tuesday Guys,
It's been a while since I've actually posted a fashion blog post, mainly because I've been budgeting and not spending as much money on clothes, but I just had to talk about my favorite new sweatshirt! I love faux fur in winter but depending on the type of faux fur, the material can be itchy which is why I would never think to buy a fur sweatshirt... I mainly wear faux fur as outwear, that wouldn't necessarily touch my bare skin. But this sweatshirt is ahh-mazing! It's so soft and warm and so comfy. And because faux fur is so chic in the winter, this sweatshirt is perfect for lounging around the house or wearing out!

It's so warm and cozy on the inside!

I've found three different places to purchase this Faux Sweatshirt, so either the stores all ordered from the same manufacturer or everyone in the industry just knew it was a brilliant idea to produce a Cozy Fur Sweatshirt!

Slide View: 3: UO Fuzzy Crew-Neck Sweatshirt
Urban Outfitters
Forever 21

Forever 21
Charlotte Russe


Shadowing is great, but once you further into your journey to medical school, more admission committes are looking for hands-on clinical experience. This means hands-on patient contact in a clinical or medical setting.

Medical school is long and can be daunting, admission committees want to make sure incoming medical students really know what they're getting into and a committed to pursuing medicine. Shadowing is an awesome way to gage your interest in the healthcare field, but once you make the decision that you seriously want to apply to medical school, hands-on clinical experience is INVALUABLE. I've heard many stories of stellar applicants with 3.9 GPAs, volunteer experience and shadowing hours get rejected from medical schools because their applications lacked sufficient clincial experience.

Shadowing can be very passive. Most like you are like a shadow in the room, standing back and just listening to the doctor interact with his/her patient. This is experience is valuable but real medicinie is hands on and messy and requires a lot of face-to-face patient interaction. Medical Schools want to make sure applicants have some background before admitting them. So...

1) Shadow FIRST
- make sure you are truly interested in medicine and healthcare

2) Volunteer at local clinics and hospitals
- get used to being a healthcare setting without any required medical training 

- this sometimes requires extra training, but many clinics and hospitals have on the job training
  •  CNA
  • EMT
  • Medical Scribe- this is awesome and becoming more popular. It's basically shadowing but you get paid for it!
  • Medical Assisting
  •  Phlebotomy (the people who draw your blood and what I did!)

* most of these require classes and training but can be done in short time and now you can get paid and get clinical exposure at the same time!
  • Clinical Research- this also looks amazing on applications 

I personally received a great on clinical exposure from my work-study on my college campus. My university was affiliated with the state hospital, so I worked as an Office Research Assistant in the Gynecologic Oncology division. I was able to learn about medical records, run errands for administrative staff and doctors at the hospital and even work on a study with an attending physician!

HAPPY 2018!

Happy New Year!
I've been MIA lately because I've been so wrapped up in work and honestly stressing about medical school as interview season is coming to an end (BTW, I got another Interview Invite and will be interviewing at the end of January!)
I wanted to write a quick post for the new year and talk about my dreams and goals for 2018. Every year I told myself that I would make a vision board to help visualize my goals for the upcoming year, but unfortunately, I'd never get around to it. But this year, I finally had enough free time to make one!

My goals for 2018:
- to Travel more and get another stamp on my passport. I haven't used my passport since 2014, when I traveled to Ghana for my Global Medical Brigade Trip, and I would love to see more of the world this year before my passport expires.
-to Chase and Fulfill my dreams of going to medical school.
-to Capture more of life and my experiences through photography
- to Read more. Reading was my first love and with school and work, it took a back seat, but I'd like to read for leisure again!
- to Be Inspired and Love life!

I hope you guys have a 2018 full of Happiness, Joy and Gloss!

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