Graduation is now officially one month away and I couldn't be
more excited! I am more than ready to be done spending all of my
time within the confines of the NUHS clinic walls and get out into
the "real world." Sometimes I think we spend so much time worrying
about graduation requirements and check-offs that we start to loose
touch with reality; we are going to be doctors!!
I think my reality set in hard this week when one of the adjunct
faculty, Dr. Lou, wanted to take the 10th trimester ND students out
for a graduation dinner before she left for the trimester. She
praised each and every one of us and pointed out each of our
strengths. She really knows how to speak to your heart. After some
Thai food, talking and tears, we all left feeling confident and
ready to graduate!
A Favorite Memory
One of my most favorite memories of Dr. Lou was her lecture on
finding your "target" - meaning, we all have goals in our life that
we aim for. Some are small and some are large but they all are
leading towards a common goal/target. That goal may be to have the
means to support children and a family in the future, or to have
the means to travel freely, or it may be to build your ideal
medical practice. Whatever the goal "target" may be, there will
undoubtedly be obstacles that will come along and try to knock you
off of your course toward your target.
Dr. Lou explains that it is no one's fault but your own if you
allow these obstacles to let you get off course. She also explains
that once your start to rationalize the obstacles and let them lead
you astray, you will in the short term be aiming for your target,
but in the long term you will miss the target by a long shot. For
example, if you are in an unhappy relationship and are aiming to
have a happy healthy family in your future, you can rationalize
that things will get better as time goes on and ignore the fact
that you are no longer aiming for your target. As difficult as it
may seem, removing yourself from a situation or people that do not
support your reaching your target is what you must do.
I know it sounds cheesy, but when you sit down and think about
what makes you get out of bed in the morning and what actually
makes you tick, you realize what your most important goals/targets
in life are and this will help to re-direct you onto the
Mama Chella comes to town!
My boyfriend's mother flew in from Boston this past weekend to
pay us a very short but sweet visit. We were able to go downtown
for a very nice dinner and drinks and some long overdue shopping! I
also attended my first temple service with my boyfriend and his mom
to observe the Jewish festival Purim. It was a learning experience
to say the least! I love learning new religions and traditions and
can't wait for the next holiday!