This trimester’s theme has been about discovering a sense of balance imposed upon a constantly-changing schedule. In fact, the balancing act started during my last break from school. Although I had no school, I spent my break reviewing for the NPLEX Part 1 exam in February. During the first four weeks of the trimester, I reviewed for NPLEX, kept up with 9 courses, and adjusted as a new intern in the naturopathic student clinic. After completing NPLEX, I caught up by studying for my course exams for a week or two. By the time the exams were done, my patient caseload at the clinic started to increase (and with that came more SOAP notes)!
By week 11, I finally felt like I could take a little breather. My wife and puppy visited for a 3-day weekend, and it was a glorious mini-break from the previous weeks. It was wonderful to spend quality time with my loves! After they left, I received notification that I passed the NPLEX exam. I also registered for summer courses, which will mean more time in the student clinic (yay!) and only 5 courses. The 5 courses will officially be my last classroom courses at NUHS (besides student clinic). And now, it is time to start reviewing for final exams!
This has been an atypical trimester for me when it comes to scheduling my time, as the focus of my time and attention has shifted several times throughout the trimester. However, I have somehow been able to flow with all of the waves and adapt to the changes.
I look forward to spring break (especially since I spent my last break reviewing for NPLEX)! Although I will be busy these next several weeks with wrapping up my current courses, I am also making plans to make my break particularly special. I purchased symphony tickets for my wife and me! The first song that will be played is an adaptation of “Amazing Grace” (grace is one of my favorite themes). After this trimester’s balancing act, I truly cannot think of a better way to begin my break from school!
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