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…

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…

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…

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…

Ethics Under The Knife

Dr. Matt Koepke is an oral maxillofacial surgeon who has gone through dental school, and furthered his education in surgery. He has written a book on modern ethics, and specifically, what goes on behind the scenes in healthcare. I won’t disclose the extent of the content or nature of his stories leaving you to experience it yourself,…

spring ’17 finals playlist

It’s MONDAY, May 1st (what) and finals prep is in full swing. I have created a playlist of some of my favorite songs to both relax and motivate you. We are almost to the end. The goal is in sight! This combination of songs can only help 🙂 Click here to find the playlist on Spotify or…

Top 5: Grab & Go Snacks

There are never enough hours in a day to get everything done. Is anyone else with me there? Preparing meals ahead of time is usually in the busy human’s repertoire, but grabbing *healthy* snacks may not be. Here are my top 5 favorite snacks that require little prep (if any), won’t upset your stomach, or your…

why nutrition?

First off, Happy National Nutrition Month too all my fellow healthy foodies! As many of you know, I am almost finished with a degree in community nutrition which credits me to become a Licensed Nutritionist in my home state of North Dakota (and enables me to apply for licensure in other states) once I graduate. (Complete list…

on shift work:

I currently work as a tech in the emergency department. My role in the ED entails lots of stocking, transporting, assisting, and transferring, with unpredictable acuity, census, and whatever else the emergency department brings. I’m happy to share some things I’ve learned over time that have helped me in my role along the way!   one: ALWAYS…

how to do it all (and be successful):

There always seems to be 20,000 things going on at once, am I right? Exams, workouts, meals to prepare, someone’s birthday, group projects, meetings, papers, calling your grandma, volunteering, working, planning, and sometimes sleeping. I am guilty of anyone else who takes on many roles but, I able to do everything I do because of…