July 22nd, 2014

How to enhance your studying environment

A good study environment gives you a head study on productivity

- Distractions: It is all up to you. Some can work with background noise, and others cannot. 

- Well lit study areas provides extra brightness and keeps (me) alert.

- I love white boards

- A light healthy snack, carrots, boiled eggs, even veggie chips are full of flavor and helps you mind focus on the material as oppose to an empty stomach

- Keep regular study hours, repetition and discipline will carry you far in the process of studying.

- Watered down coffee. A little study trick that aided me in Costa Rica. My host sister told me water down coffee, is still warm and prevents the horrible crash you feel after the caffeine wears off. 

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July 21st, 2014

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Study Aboard tips: Packing, Snacking, and Culture

Youtube the pros and cons

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Study Aboard tips: Packing, Snacking, and Culture

Youtube the pros and cons

July 18th, 2014

 Author Andrew Zimmern, once said, “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” 

Being able to study aboard in Costa Rica was a marker in my life. I was out of a cliche, comfort zone. While my language skills improved and my interest in medicine molded and roasted, I found my experience personal. My internship in a geriatric care clinic in the capital, I was able to realize how to read a patient’s body language, how to engage in narrative medicine speaking with patients, moving beyond the healing from the neck down, I was alone in an environment that demanded my excellence. A normal day for me ranged from 6 to 5, a reality that required early rising and energy management to remain productive throughout the day. It was this realization I learned discipline is greater than motivation. 

Motivation get you going. But when it comes time to apply, it depends on grounded action. Small actions help one moves towards their ideals. 

What to pack:

- Iphone + Viper: Although I was fearful about bringing my phone in a different country, I was told to download this cool app called viper. Viper was awesome for my study aboard because I was able to called my parents for free (you can call anyone using the viper app as long as the other person had), I texted both friends back in stated and my peers in Costa Rica who had the app. Please the ability send photos made home sickness non- existent.

- Warm socks and poncho: Helpful for tropical places like Costa Rica

- Ask yourself what will you be doing from high intensity to low intensity. For example I knew I was going to be attending many guest lectures also well as horse riding for long intervals. So for me, lots of professional wear as well as riding pants and boots!

- A great bag with many pockets. Serves you well!

- Pack light! You will bring more back than you arrived with!

What I learned:

- Walk around sometimes. Safely with others but unplanned adventures were the best conversations with my friends from exploring hotels, to visiting small shops. 

- Be productive in small steps. I would find myself in my small amount of free time before class, jotting notes, and outlining large assignments in my near future.

- Travel in groups and let your group know where you are going if you venture off.

- You do not have to go out with friends all the time. One of my favorite memories in Costa Rica was going to a festival with my host family. Swimming, horse back riding and a picnic, was ultimate bond and a learning opportunity for me to use my spanish. Gain the courage to say yes, think three steps ahead and be confident in your choice. 

- Leaving is just as hard as adapting to the new culture. Even now, four days back at home in  the States. I miss Costa Rica. I called my host mother. I am motivated to cook some Costa Rican dishes. I am molded. I learned how to drink coffee in a way that does not make me hyper, I make more time for breakfast in the morning, and as my aunt has said I have gotten more talkative… I do not know about the last part but I do know I am coming into myself. I goal is to be as Maya Angelou would say, “I come as one, I stand as 10,000.” 

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July 10th, 2014
1. When doubt promedo. Set a time limits whether it be 5 mins or an hours then when the time is up you can quiet or continues. (Most times you will have the mojo and be just fine.
2. Deadlines are pressure. I have tried the whole work backwards plan time, but I find starting the day you get the assignment is the best and then fine tuning closer to the due date.
3. Block distractions… but be smart. “I learned I could do physics for hours with my ipod on and my study playlist. I also have started putting my phone in my bag when I study, and some hot tea is always a nice push!
4. Batch similar tasks. Checking emails? Email professors with your study questions as well as clear your mail. Reading for class? Read for your other classes that same time!
5. How is your energy. Use a little index card and make note of the times of day you have most energy and also when you are most focused, and also where are most focused!
6. Keep your main surfaces your room clean too. Sometimes for me clutter can be focus killer and just make you want to do other things.
7. Have a cut off time on week days. It helps tune down the intensity of work load as well as keeps your sleeping cycle regular.
8. Take a nap and then study. I did this once and it was actually helpful. Sometimes the cold study rooms makes you a tad sleepy.

9. Think 3 steps ahead. Assess the consequences of holding something off, as well as the urgency of the matter.

10. Ask yourself, “Do I really want to do this?” So often we (especially women) are ruled by the shoulds. 

11. Energy management. Not only assess how much time something might take you but also how much energy will be required to carry out the task.

Future post: What I learned studying aboard, packing, snacking, and culture

1. When doubt promedo. Set a time limits whether it be 5 mins or an hours then when the time is up you can quiet or continues. (Most times you will have the mojo and be just fine.

2. Deadlines are pressure. I have tried the whole work backwards plan time, but I find starting the day you get the assignment is the best and then fine tuning closer to the due date.

3. Block distractions… but be smart. “I learned I could do physics for hours with my ipod on and my study playlist. I also have started putting my phone in my bag when I study, and some hot tea is always a nice push!

4. Batch similar tasks. Checking emails? Email professors with your study questions as well as clear your mail. Reading for class? Read for your other classes that same time!

5. How is your energy. Use a little index card and make note of the times of day you have most energy and also when you are most focused, and also where are most focused!

6. Keep your main surfaces your room clean too. Sometimes for me clutter can be focus killer and just make you want to do other things.

7. Have a cut off time on week days. It helps tune down the intensity of work load as well as keeps your sleeping cycle regular.

8. Take a nap and then study. I did this once and it was actually helpful. Sometimes the cold study rooms makes you a tad sleepy.

9. Think 3 steps ahead. Assess the consequences of holding something off, as well as the urgency of the matter.

10. Ask yourself, “Do I really want to do this?” So often we (especially women) are ruled by the shoulds. 

11. Energy management. Not only assess how much time something might take you but also how much energy will be required to carry out the task.

Future post: What I learned studying aboard, packing, snacking, and culture

July 1st, 2014
freshprogressgeek:

With Valentine day next week and spring next month, I thought hm, beyond the usual post of how to study, I wanted to embark on a cooler segment: how to make studying interesting.
On that note the first segment is podcast. While I love Hans Zimmer, Beyonce, and a florence and the machine melody to study to, I have recently found podcasts to keep me more alert and excited to study. Below are a list of my favorites:
The College info geek
Informative, fun, and youthful. Having recently graduated college debt free, he is probably one of more laid back productive bloggers I know. His blog is college focused and provides a much needed male perspective in the scope of study skills and college education.
Radiolab
Funny, honest and critical, if you need some intellectual conversation to fill in the silence during an office hour visit, Radiolab is at your service. Ranging from topics such a race, the american government to even DNA testing, there is no way your mind cannot be attentive listening to them.
Medical school HQ
Ok before my premeds go crazy, I must say as a science major medicine bound sophomore, this has been a lovely podcast that has impacted my scope of medicine. The host are funny, relatable and altruistic physicians who take their time every week to share the knowledge. After listening to some episodes you will be saying, RESPECT THE MCAT!
The read
(This podcast has cursing) I enjoy the read. A humorous look at pop culture and music. And who does not heart kidfury!
Lastly I enjoy spiritual podcasts, Joel Osteen, Td Jakes and Rick Warren are awesome, conscious and will make you feel great. I hope you love this list as much as I had fun making it.
Let me know in a comment, what are your favorite podcasts? 
P.S: Those who reblog my post and add their input/comments will be appreciated and given a shout out on my blog!

I am in Costa Rica! Ahora mi favoritos:
“History & Physical,” 
Hosted by Kevin Wang (wang-kevin), Amol Utrankar (amolutrankar) and Roheet Kakaday (thebiopsy). My favorite bloggers made a podcast! If you like picking at the philosophy of healthcare, understanding medical education and such, check out this podcast.
"Brillant idiots"
Once again another crazy podcast for comedy. It is a podcast all over the place about current events and such. I feel it very funny.
"Dave Ramsey Podcast"
I am learning what to do with my money. Knowledge concerning finances is so much more than saving.

freshprogressgeek:

With Valentine day next week and spring next month, I thought hm, beyond the usual post of how to study, I wanted to embark on a cooler segment: how to make studying interesting.

On that note the first segment is podcast. While I love Hans Zimmer, Beyonce, and a florence and the machine melody to study to, I have recently found podcasts to keep me more alert and excited to study. Below are a list of my favorites:

The College info geek

Informative, fun, and youthful. Having recently graduated college debt free, he is probably one of more laid back productive bloggers I know. His blog is college focused and provides a much needed male perspective in the scope of study skills and college education.

Radiolab

Funny, honest and critical, if you need some intellectual conversation to fill in the silence during an office hour visit, Radiolab is at your service. Ranging from topics such a race, the american government to even DNA testing, there is no way your mind cannot be attentive listening to them.

Medical school HQ

Ok before my premeds go crazy, I must say as a science major medicine bound sophomore, this has been a lovely podcast that has impacted my scope of medicine. The host are funny, relatable and altruistic physicians who take their time every week to share the knowledge. After listening to some episodes you will be saying, RESPECT THE MCAT!

The read

(This podcast has cursing) I enjoy the read. A humorous look at pop culture and music. And who does not heart kidfury!

Lastly I enjoy spiritual podcasts, Joel Osteen, Td Jakes and Rick Warren are awesome, conscious and will make you feel great. I hope you love this list as much as I had fun making it.

Let me know in a comment, what are your favorite podcasts? 

P.S: Those who reblog my post and add their input/comments will be appreciated and given a shout out on my blog!

I am in Costa Rica! Ahora mi favoritos:

“History & Physical,”

Hosted by Kevin Wang (wang-kevin), Amol Utrankar (amolutrankar) and Roheet Kakaday (thebiopsy). My favorite bloggers made a podcast! If you like picking at the philosophy of healthcare, understanding medical education and such, check out this podcast.

"Brillant idiots"

Once again another crazy podcast for comedy. It is a podcast all over the place about current events and such. I feel it very funny.

"Dave Ramsey Podcast"

I am learning what to do with my money. Knowledge concerning finances is so much more than saving.

(via freshprogressgeek)

June 28th, 2014

Thank you so much ! I've been loping for a blog that could give me advice with college !
Asketh - jaaackayrose

June 22nd, 2014

freshprogressgeek:

Below are my favorite books of freshman year. If you are in college I recommend you start recording memories like your favorite books through the years. It is easy to forget the study tools that mold our potential. Although this post dawns late, because I am now a sophomore, I thought why not! I will do one for sophomore year too.

Assigned (Reading for classes):

No longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe:

  • “The impatient idealist says: ‘Give me a place to stand and I shall move the earth.’ But such a place does not exist. We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace.” 

Reimagining Global Health: Farmer,Kleinman,and Basilico:

  • "Leaves room for individuals to define the good life in their own way"

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman:

  • “I have always felt that the action most worth watching is not at the center of things but where edges meet. I like shorelines, weather fronts, international borders. There are interesting frictions and incongruities in these places, and often, if you stand at the point of tangency, you can see both sides better than if you were in the middle of either one.” 

Free reading (Outside of class):

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Covey, Stephen:

  • "You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed :

  • “Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.” 
  • “Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.”

How to win at college by Cal Newport:

  • “Do some good in the world for no other reason than wanting to be part of the solution.” 
June 16th, 2014

freshprogressgeek:

How do I study and what tools make the process easier? Well I cannot provide a full answer, for I am not perfect. I forget to add appointments on my calendar, sometimes repetition is not retention and something grades do a horrible job of displaying my scholastic worth. But I think I can help…

June 8th, 2014

freshprogressgeek:

The acceptance letters are so May, and financial aid had been fixed for a while. The college has been chosen and you are your friends have two months (or less if you have a summer program), to own it.

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