All Study and No Play

All study and no play make Andrea...a smart girl. There's only one problem with that; it also makes Andrea a stressed-out girl. This week I was reminded, once again, about the profound need to manage stress while in school. It's so easy to get sucked into studying and leave everything else behind, or worse, to get super stressed out by everything that's going on at school and take it out on everything and everyone else. As we're coming up on midterms, I have to remind myself to take some time--for myself. This week marks our first exam of the term. I know at least one of the other tris has 3 exams this week. I hope all goes well for ALL of us. (Good Luck everybody! If you need notes, you know who to call.)

I admit that there were more than a few moments this last week where I really needed to take a moment. Thankfully, I had some really great friends and classmates who were very generous with their pep talks. Special thanks to Julia and Jacqlyn. You guys are awesome!

While my classmates were watching the Super Bowl, I was working on my presentation for Diet and Nutrition. Have I mentioned how much I love this class? My topic is Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids. Yes I know it sounds incredibly boring at first glance, but I've found information on everything from cell signaling to treatment for schizophrenia. Right now I'm compiling insane amounts of information. At current count, I have 81 slides. I think it's supposed to be 30. Oops! It's all just so important. I'll figure it out. There will be a supplemental packet given to my classmates of diagrams and resources not included in my presentation. Hopefully that will suffice. (And I promise, guys, I won't bore you with the whole 81 slides!)

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Even though I'm a chiropractic student, one of my passions for the last few years has been botanicals. Prior to last tri, I'd gotten into the habit of making a lot of my own medicine. It's a really great skill to have--to be able to put together some type of concoction targeted towards a specific cause. I was asked this weekend, to come up with a formulary for treating UTI. I'm going to be working on that a bit this week. I typically recommend cranberry extract/juice (as pure as possible), but that doesn't always work for everyone. I suspect that this formulary will have Oregon Grape Root (natural antibiotic, for the berberine), and probably a few other items. Of course there are other benefits to making my own medicine; besides the whole self-reliance thing, it really caters to my "mad scientist" side.

So, if you're studying this week, or getting ready to study... If you're preparing for something big, or thinking about preparing... If you're blowing things up in the kitchen, or just thinking it's a REALLY good idea (to have the fire extinguisher ready)... Here's a little inspiration:

Have an Awesome Week Everybody!!!!