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I can't say that I've ever experienced this type of pressure! I went from studying for one final a week to trying to get nine finals in! It's crazy. Everything came so fast. Even though my grades aren't entirely reflective of the work I put in, I am so glad and relieved that this trimester is almost done! Friday night, we were able to unwind and go to that amazing sushi place I wrote about last week. I actually had a chance to breathe, get off campus, and enjoy myself. We ended up going to a thrift store afterwards and bought awesome shirts! If only I took pictures of them! 

I spent the whole weekend at my friend Carly's apartment because we both did not want to be on campus, and we actually studied! Don't think that if you're at the library every minute of your free time that it will give you a better grade. It's okay but I definitely recommend getting off campus in smaller groups and refreshing yourself. Whether or not it's just a coffee shop or someone's apartment, it will help. Sometimes being at the library all day and seeing the same people every day gets distracting. 

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Anyhow, this week's blog will include some popular questions I've heard and also ones that I've gotten from my readers.  

"Should I live on campus? Is it more convenient?"   

Of course, it's more convenient. I actually LOVE living on campus because I can wake up at 7:30 a.m. and just walk to class that starts at 8 a.m. If you are new to the area, you should live on campus because it can give you a better chance to meet more people and get accustomed to the Chicago/Lombard area. 

Now, a better question is, will I live on campus through the entire program? Honestly, probably not. I want to eventually move downtown and get a burst of Chicago city life before graduating, but everyone is different. However, at this point in the program, personally it's hard enough to deal with studying without handling the traffic from commuting, too. 

"Should I buy all my books recommended for the courses? What about scrubs, lab coat, and a dissection kit for Anatomy?"

No and no. The truth is that not EVERY single book recommended will be used. You should wait to attend orientation where you can get an updated list of books, buy the necessary items, and wait for the classes to commence to talk to your professors about what they recommend. 

You can and should also wait for Anatomy supplies. During the first week of classes, there will be a scrub sale where you can buy old Anatomy atlases ONLY for lab use, old scrubs, and lab coats. They are all washed so don't worry. If you want new scrubs and lab coats, then you can buy it early, but trust me, it won't stay so fresh and clean forever! If you want to save some money, wait for the scrub sale. (Don't buy new atlases for LAB, but buy an atlas for the course!)

"What is the difference between class sizes when entering in the summer or fall?"

Well, my current class consists of about 45 students. The trimester before ours was about 80 and the summer trimester before theirs was about 20. So in conclusion, fall is the biggest, spring is the medium size class, and summer is definitely the smallest. Class size can make a huge difference because if you are more accustomed to small class sizes, then you should consider spring or summer. But being in a big class is also beneficial because you have a lot of resources just from each other. I personally love smaller class sizes because it's just more comfortable for me, but listen to yourself and go for what you're used to. 

"Do all the classes listed for Trimester 1 have to be taken at the same time? Is there anyway to do a part-time schedule?"

Remember that every trimester for a while consists of about 25-29 credits. So the trimesters can be broken up into a reduced load. There are many people that do complete loads every trimester, and there are a lot of people who take reduced loads. If you take a part-time schedule, it will hold you back from your initial trimester. Also some classes are prerequisites for others, so you will also have to plan that out. A full load is definitely possible, but part-time is great if you need time to adjust, if you have a family, or if you just want to take it slow! Quality is better than how fast you get done. This is graduate medical school. It's not like undergraduate programs that lead to other schools. This school will finally take you out into the "world" as a "doctor," so it's better that you customize your experience to what will better suit you! 

I hope those questions helped! I know I did not cover everything, but if you have more, please feel free to email me! I will try to get back to you as soon as possible! 

Well, wish me luck this week!! It's going to be fun!  

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