I’m back from my post-neuro hiatus! (AND I ended up getting a 90 average in the course what whattt)
I felt dead all of last week, my body was physically in class, but my mind was just burnt out and retreating elsewhere. So my friends and I skipped class on Friday and took a much needed weekend mental health vacation to my friends family beach house. It was beautiful and we didn’t do any school all weekend. It was glorious.
Anyway, after our two days of geriatrics, we’re now diving into the “normal” schedule of second year, starting with psychiatry. This means that we’re basically studying for class by studying relevant boards material. I know I’m gonna be super interested in the psych material since I was a psych major in undergrad, so this’ll be a good way to get my bearings as to how to study.
So it’s back to the (now much less intense) grind for me! ✌🏻
Last week was completely crazy! One of the busiest weeks of this month for me! I was busy with wedding preparations and attending my friends wedding on Saturday, I shared a couple photos with you all on my Instagram stories so thank you for the lovely messages about it!👌🏻 I also finally finished work yesterday! This is a big achievement because I was working as a barista during my gap year and this year flew by so quickly! It’s weird how everything happened in one week! Today I was busy with running errands and am now focusing on packing my suitcases! I think I will be making short stories about my move, so follow me on Instagram and stay tuned!💕
An unofficial list of things that might be helpful to have if you are taking yourself or being taken to a psych unit or hospital:
- a written list of numbers. Most psych units won’t allow phones so having a physical list can be a life saver.
-slippers or flip flops. On most units you won’t be allowed to have shoes with strings or metal in them so these can be really helpful. Especially if walking around all day on hard floors will hurt your feet.
-any mobility/accessibility equipment you use. Hopefully if you’re going to a hospital they can procure what you might need but it always might be something slightly different, or take longer than is ideal. So if you need a hearing aide, or a walker, or anything: bring it. The worst that will happen is they’ll lock it up and give it back to you when you’re being discharged but that’s pretty rare in my experience.
-a list of medications you’re on with the dosage and, if possible, the medications themselves. Again, this will help make sure that any medication you’re on gets given to you at a regular time and that you don’t miss a dose.
-clothes without long zippers or strings. No hoodies with strings or zippers, same for jackets. Jeans are typically okay. If you’re bringing athletic shirt or sweatpants make sure there is elastic in it and not strings as these typically will be confiscated.
-nothing illegal. You’d think I wouldn’t have to say this and you’d be very, very wrong.
-extra changes of clothes. If you are there for a longer period of time this can really improve your mood and comfort level.
-a journal/something interesting to read. A lot of units will already have these but if not these can really help pass the time.
None of this is official in any way shape or form and it may not apply equally to all psych units. It’s informed by my experience working on five different psych units but I could be wrong. Feel free to add more or reblog if you think this could be helpful.
It’s weird to know that school is about to start in a few weeks, isn’t it? I’d like to share some of my own insights to help you have an enjoyable, balanced, and productive year.
Take care of yourself
Everything seems like it is the end of the world - whether it is not succeeding your goal on getting an 80% on a biology test, being so close to the SAT cutoffs, or just feeling tired out, I can assure you that there is so much more to life than just one thing. Don’t give up - there are always alternative pathways to achieve a goal.
Don’t wait to learn - it starts now
Be curious and research the psychology concept that you have always wanted to learn, the requirements of admission to your dream university, or map out what it takes to fulfill your goals. The internet is right at your fingertips and it’s up to you to take advantage of this resource! If it helps - find someone that inspires you and research their story.
Be open to new ideas
Be patient, be understanding, and be accepting of an unanticipated event. It happens! It’s all about the mindset. (Thanks, Dr. Carol Dweck!)
You don’t need to be best friends with your roommate.
Friendships seem to come naturally.
Don’t rush things like studying, when you know that it did not work in the past. Intuition never really fails me, but at the same time, I try to be a cautious risk taker.
Please feel free to reblog and comment - I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!
P.S. We are sometimes too caught up in something to realize even the most obvious things, which is why I took time in the summer to reflect & share a post dedicated to the future student.