fall 2017: a transition & recap

Seven semesters of my undergraduate studies are done – just like that! I’m writing to share my experience with flexibility, progress, and personal growth that I have experienced throughout the last few months. A difference from this semester compared to my previous semesters – from the start – was that it was my first semester…

why sweat?

Just a few short days ago, I asked the surgery residents at work if I could put on a cap and mask on and shadow a sterile procedure in our department. I quickly made myself a fly on the wall and remained out of their way. One of the residents then asked, since I was…

med flatbread ‘za

Best thing you’ve ever eaten… ready, go! I’ve told my friends and family how much I love pizza, but I am not willing to indulge in it unless it’s good pizza – it just is not worth it to me. This is another way I go about still enjoying food, but not over-indulging and later regretting…

vegan chocolate chip cookie dough

There are times when cookie dough is necessary. I’ve noticed a national trend of local food joints now serving everyone’s favorite delicacies that we should’ve never indulged in as kids (yet somehow always avoided salmonella (?)). In fact, this recipe is inspired by the edible cookie dough I’ve experienced at Nadia Cakes in Minnesota. So let’s face…

10K #1 – an experience!

I’ve never been a runner. In fact, when my high school tennis coach had us run up the hill for conditioning, I despised it. With extensive tennis training over the last ten years, specifically the last three, I was always advised not to run distance because it counter-acts the fast-twitch muscles that are desired to strengthen in…

Baked Apples

If I’m brutally honest, I am not a die-hard autumn fan. When you’re in the midwest, fall can only mean one thing: WINTER soon. That particular season and I aren’t the best of friends. 😉 I will admit, however, that with anything, if there’s food involved, you can count on me being there and mentally present….

zucchini chips

Another autumn season, another fall harvest with an abundance of zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumbers form the garden. Last year, I utilized the large zucchini I had from harvest and shared Zoodle Shrimp Scampi which is still one of my favorites! Go check it out –> 😀 This fall, I came up with something a little…

back to school series: part III. PLAYLIST

As you guys know, my study playlists consist of both relaxing alternative music to Drake. I think it’s the combination between the two extremes that gives me the most effective study sessions. I finished my first week of senior year (aka physics overload) and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now that syllabus week…

Heart Matters

I spent this weekend at a small lake in the woods in Minnesota before the craziness of the school year begins. Without even saying it, I’m sure you could guess that I finished most of yet another book! This was such a perfect way to close out the summer. In this memoir, Dr. Kathy Magliato writes…

back to school series part II: Study Secrets!

It has taken me a long time to figure out what really works for me in terms of learning. I wish I had the ability to read something once and fully understand it, but I am no Lexie Grey. If you feel you have the same terms of memory capacity as the fictional doctor, consider…

Back To School Series: Part 1 – Backpack Essentials

3 years of college in: here’s what I keep with me to fuel my study sessions and days of class! I joke that it is quite possible I am able to live out of my backpack for at least 24 hours, but the truth is, I have learned over time that it is much more…

Something For the Pain

The emergency room will always have a special place in my heart. Regardless of anything I have personally experienced, it is well know that the ED is its own entity; its own unique branch of medicine that is nothing like the other areas of the hospital. We see people at their very worse, sometimes grasping…