Hey everybody! We are back in the swing of things at school for my wife and work for me. Exciting stuff I know. It does make me laugh how antsy my wife gets studying in one place ALL the time! I get it though…I can’t sit still ever and it must kill her to do it 12 hours a day. We are constantly looking for new places to study for her like a coffee shop, or a park in the summer (btw this never ends with a productive study day) or you name it. Today we had a novel idea…why don’t we study at the public library? Man I haven’t been in here for years and let me tell you it is a sitcom waiting to be written. Did you know libraries barely have books in them anymore? Yeah they have these things called computers that have an infinite amount of knowledge and data on them. Seriously I am pretty sure they cleared out all the book space for computers. I am not trying to hate on libraries but if a killer is on the loose, a good place to start the search is the public library. Pretty sure I passed a typewriter on the way in. I think a library is like walking into a time machine and feeling like Marty McFly by the end. Don’t get me wrong libraries are great and serve their purpose but you really see the sign of the times when you see more magazines and PC’s than actual books at your local library. It brings a smile to my face that I am here though because there is no place I would rather be than sitting next to my wife and a homeless guy writing a blog post. Always laugh and have a great weekend!
Most college students are allergic to studying on weekends it seems. Students avoid studying on Friday and Saturday nights like the black plague. If you are a grad student and particularly a med student you have no choice. I am not sure how everyone else spends their Saturday nights, but I have a stack of books to prove that I spent my time reading (lame I know). When my wife has to study on a Saturday night (aka every Saturday night) I use it to my advantage. I don’t spend my time watching TV or twiddling my thumbs. I like to use that time to improve myself as well. Join a gym, learn to love reading, take up a hobby, learn a new language, I am. Hola! I have gotten very far as you can see. Studying ALL THE TIME is a part of being a med student and you will have to get use to giving up your free time for your studies. If you are a loved one of a med student don’t feel sorry for yourself or your loved one. This is a chance to expand your mind while they are studying. When my wife found out I was taking a mostly online course this year she was ecstatic proclaiming “Now you can study with me!” Indeed I can. I strongly suggest shutting of the TV and making a list of things you would like to do to improve yourself. I have a couple suggestion below:
I live in Michigan and it is great until winter comes along. Then you say “what the hell do I live here for?!” Then summer rolls around again and you say “Oh…thats right, we have like 2 billions lakes here…sweet!” I try to look on the bright side of things. As fall turns to winter I try to remember the fact that it is much easier for my wife to study when it is cold dark and dreary outside. It enhances her focus and make her less apt to want to feel like she is missing out on some childhood game of kickball in the street or something. Sooo, there is always that to look forward to.
This week I am enduring back to back test for my wife. Nothing to crazy really, what week isn’t there back to back tests? I must say I am in great spirits today though, because my wife and I managed to sleep in till 7:45 am. Pretty solid, right? When you are in the midst of crisis “I have two test, this is crazy mode” I find it best to bring the positivity to your significant other. You gotta keep em going through the week. And find a way to take breaks and maybe even switch the environment they are studying in. A coffee shop, library, outside (if you are not in Michigan), kitchen instead of living room just to switch it up. I find my wife tends to get antsy and needs new scenery every once in a while. Has anyone else found this to be true? Anyway always keep that smile on your face and be a rock for your loved ones when two tests are staring them down.