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ALRIGHTY NERDS LISTEN UP.

So this app was recommended by my Horse Management instructor. It does cost 5$ BUT LOOK AT ALL YOU’RE GETTING. Have some time to kill while on the bus? You can go through a list of diseases for fun! Who wouldn’t want to spend 10-20 minutes looking up gross diseases on a public transport? 

You can refresh your memory with quizzes, look up typical vital signs, and learn the anatomy of different parts. It even shows how much certain supplies, treatments, and other stuff costs.

I don’t know if its on the Google Play store but I do know it’s on the iTunes store.

If you have any other apps that are nifty and neat like this, please tag me or message me! I would love to create a master post of useful websites and phone applications.

Pike’s guide for getting yourself to write like a shit ton of words

Okay so basically one of the hardest parts of writing is actually getting yourself to write but I’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years so I want to share some tips with anyone who cares.

Okay but who the hell are you?: I’m Pike, I’m about to win my eighth NaNoWriMo in a row.  This does not give me any cred whatsoever when it comes to actual writing skills but I do think it gives me some cred when it comes to sitting down and writing ~1700 words a day (I’m averaging ~1900 words a day so far this year) (and I’m working at my job six days a week) (so these 1900 words are usually happening in an hour or two)

SO, tips.  (Forewarning that this guide is mostly geared towards writing absurd amounts of fiction i.e. novels, and not so much geared towards short stories or essays or something) (but maybe this will work for you there too)

1.) It’s Draft Zero.  Tell yourself that it’s not even your first draft.  It’s like, your pre-first draft.  It’s okay to suck.  It’s okay to be the worst thing ever written.  This is the hardest hump for people to get over.  (trust me it took me a while to get over this too) and once you get “it’s okay if this is a steaming pile of shit” into your head things get a lot easier.

2.) Don’t stop to spend a lot of time thinking stuff up.  Like, I think it’s okay to stop and research a little if you need research.  But don’t spend an hour trying to come up with a name for a new character or place.  If I’m taking more than like 30 seconds to come up with a name I’ll use [Potato] or [Pancake] or something in brackets and then later on you can do a Find+Replace for those bracketed words when you come up with a name later.  Right now it’s not important.

3.) “I don’t know what to write next writer’s block is killing me help” write a crappy transition paragraph to the next scene you have in mind and then put [fix this later] in brackets at the end of the paragraph

4.) “I DON’T HAVE A NEXT SCENE IN MIND HELP” this is the only real time I’d advocate stepping away from the project for a while, like maybe a day max.  Listen to music and look at artwork that reminds you of your project and its aesthetic and run your imagination at full RPMs.  This is usually how I generate scene/plot ideas and maybe it will help for you?

5.) “My motivation is still exactly zero” write one sentence.  That’s it.  Tell yourself that if you write one sentence you can successfully call it a day and close the document.  95% of the time this tricks me into writing more than one sentence.

6.) Once you figure out what works for you, do it - I know a lot of people need to have a full screen program up or they get distracted by social media.  For me, having my writing full screen would drive me nuts and I actually am my most productive when I’m alt-tabbed into a video game and I can write a paragraph, play the game for three minutes, write a paragraph, play the game for three minutes, write a paragraph…

ANYWAYS that’s my advice, I’m sure I’ll come up with some more the second I publish this post but that’s what I’ve got.  Go forth and write!!!

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Old North Church. I didn’t see Deacon, @solas-you-nerd, but … that doesn’t mean he WASN’T there, right???

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notebooks

hi everyone ! i was asked by a few people to share my favourite/most used stationery. this will be a little series & here is the second part : notebooks. click on the pictures for brands & details. notebooks are my biggest weakness, please tell me i’m not the only one so we can start a club or something. 

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First year's tough love.

As I’ve promised, I’ve summed up my feelings from the whole first year, so you can get an idea about what to expect. Despite being European student and having majority of audience from overseas, I believe that medical schools are almost the same, no matter where you study.  

We all come to this school with sort of religious fear and zero idea about what to expect. I was really stressed and sometimes anxious during my first semester before I learned how to cope with things. The second semester was more relaxed, because I somehow figured how things work out. I started liking the pace and couldn’t imagine studying anything else. Maybe I am just being overly enthusiastic - and I am certain I didn’t feel this way about it in the course of my first year - but the first time in autopsy room, first time holding someone’s heart or just seeing someone who died recently, first time seeing cancer cells under the microscope… ok I am being nostalgic here. But it was all first time. It just gets slightly downhill from there, because you get used to all these things and it’s not special anymore.

First thing you should do (and seriously, do it!) is to print the syllabus for every subject (or at least every major subject). 

The major subjects of first year may vary from university to university. Usually it’s anatomy, histology and embryologybiochemistry, biophysics, biology (molecular, genetics) and some basic ethics and communication with patient. Syllabus is a list of topics you will go through in lectures and labs (and with whom) and it will help you get ready for labs and just keep up in with where you are. It also doesn’t hurt to learn to operate the student/university information system, find out how to sign for exams and just know where to find what.

For the more variable part - each subject usually consists of lectures, seminars and labs. Lectures are usually voluntary, seminars might and might not be voluntary and labs tend to be obligatory. Now the fun thing is that at least in my school you have to attend every class, you usually cannot miss one and if you do (for an important reason) then you have to take an extra class out of the schedule. And to be honest, most of us wouldn’t even want to miss one, particularly in the first year. But I will tell you about that later, when I talk about anatomy.. 

 Lectures tend to divide people into 2 groups. First ones will tell you that lectures are useless and they usually don’t attend any and second one wouldn't miss any. There is not one way out of this. You will have to see for yourself if it has any asses for you or if you just go there to take a nap (and not very comfortable one). I myself found that some lectures, or rather lecturers are just worth waking up for, because they give useful tips on exam questions, they pinpoint interesting things about the topic and just make it fun. Then there are unfortunately also those who just read the powerpoint presentation and that is just a waste of time. So I am a pro-lecture person, but if I know that the lecturer who is about to have the lecture sucks .. I rather stay in bed longer! 

Seminars as I’ve said tend to be obligatory. Seminars are usually more important than lectures. They focus on the most important things from each topic and they tend to be held before labs, so you can revise (or learn :P) the things that you should know for the practical part.   

Labs are gonna be the most fun part. I was really scared at the beginning, because the real science happens there. That’s the part where you learn to use the microscope, scalpel, do blood tests and experiment. It’s essential to study for the labs. Not only because (at least here) it is a rule that every lab starts with oral examination or test to find out if the students know theoretically what are they gonna do, but because you won’t gain anything from the lab if you learn it while doing it. There is always a way to cheat on the tests, and I am not saying I’ve never done this, because sometimes you just have to set your priorities.. and sometimes you just really need to relax to keep yourself sane. ;D 


First year is difficult and it may feel more challenging than the following years (even though the amount of information is gonna double, triple..) and it goes really fast. It’s difficult, because you have to master time-management, you have to learn to set the priorities, to be systematic and (and that’s the most important part) to study. You may think you know how to study, I used to think that too.. but I had no idea :D. You won’t go far with learning by heart, because it just doesn’t fit in the head. You won’t go far with the typical high school studying either, because you need to know things in detail and keep them in your head. You will have to be smart in picking studying materials and methods, distinguishing important information from unimportant ones and connecting it all together. That’s probably the biggest challenge of the first year. Not that you have to be actively thinking about doing all this though, it will just come to you naturally! :D

 Next time I will start going through the main subjects I’ve mentioned. So this is all for now, I hope you like it! <3

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Nerd soy candles by Frostbeard on Etsy.