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Traditional Gratitude Post for Thanksgiving

by Nov 22, 2019

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This trimester, I decided to go full-track for Phase II. That put me with over 30 credits, and to be honest, I didn’t know if I had it in me. I have made it to week 12, and am so glad I stuck it out!  It has definitely been challenging, but I also believe it will be worth it when I get to graduate in August of 2021 instead of December. I don’t think I would be able to get any of my family out here if I was graduating in a December month! (Have I mentioned how cold it is here?!) 

Anyway, I am super grateful to be finishing up my first trimester in the Clinical Sciences. I often still feel like I blinked on day 1 in this program and have somehow ended up here. I fully acknowledge that as far away as graduation seems, on graduation day, it will feel like I blinked and am already graduating. It really does go fast! The closer I get to interning in the clinic, the more scared I become at how fast time is going. It is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. One piece of advice I have is to stick to a routine. I go to CycleBar, which is an indoor spin studio, 5-6 times a week. Even when I am super stressed, I make sure I get in a good workout.  It helps me manage my stress. The staff and instructors are always so upbeat and positive, I love the way I feel when I am there…it is such a great start to my day!

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Last year around Thanksgiving, I did a post full of some of the things I was thankful for.  I decided to do the same thing this year. So, here it goes…in no particular order (with the exception of the first few being the most important): 

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My family; my faith; my puppy; my friends; Notability and my iPad/apple pencil; Quizlet; CycleBar; the Spring Avenue Dog Park; UpToDate; Apex Seminars; Functional Neurology Seminars; an awesome housing staff on campus; awesome campus staff that brings me back thoughtful gifts when they are on vacation; caring and passionate professors that want to help us become the best physicians possible; my MacBook Air; my Apple watch, and my iPhone (I already mentioned my iPad…can you tell I am an Apple girl? It is SOOooo…convenient having all those devices communicate/sync up with each other), the ability to airdrop notes to classmates (yes, you have to have an apple device for this, but it is very helpful during class); my Thuli Table; my USMLE First Aid board review book; Pilot FriXion erasable pens; Staples brand highlighters; my on-campus apartment; my KitchenAid mixer; my Vitamix; free and unlimited on-campus printing; the experience of working with standardized/ simulated patients (I am going to write an entire post about this next time); my new niece and my new nephew (now bringing me up to 4 nieces, and 4 nephews!); and last but certainly not least: my awesome life filled with countless reasons to be thankful and have a heart filled with gratitude for every single day!

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Belinda Smith

Belinda Smith

My name is Belinda, but I prefer to go by Lindy. I am in my final year as a Naturopathic Medical student at National University of Health Sciences. I’m originally from Maryland and will always consider it to be my home. I live on campus, in the Bucholz building with my dog, Lily. I love the sport of triathlon and will totally geek out if anyone wants to talk bikes or racing with me! I’m looking forward to blogging about study tips, ways to have fun on campus, and all the details of a full-time medical student. I love talking with people, so if you have any questions please email me at [email protected]


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