Learning to be a Morning Person

I’m the type of person who loves sleep. When I say love, I mean it! If I don’t have anything schedule for the day, I can sleep for 10-12 hours! Once, I slept for 14 hours, but woke up with a terrible headache. I never slept any longer from then on.

I have 6+ alarms that start waking me up every 5 minutes before I would actually get out of bed. I usually do not start getting ready until 10 to 15 minutes before I have to leave my place. In only 10 minutes, I brush my teeth, wash my face, straighten my hair, use the toilet, change into outside clothes, and then I’m out the door. What can I say? I’m a low maintenance girl who loves sleep.

I was always cranky in the morning. In high school, I woke up around 7:40 A.M. each day. However, college is a time where even waking up at 10 A.M. is terrible. Now that I’m taking my major courses, I have no other option then to wake up early.  There is only one class offered bright and early in the morning for each course. Thus, I have to women up and learn to be a morning person.

Here are some tips that have been helpful in changing my routine and mood in the mornings.

Sleep Earlier

If you sleep earlier, you can wake up earlier. I’m a night owl, so it was challenging to close my eyes at night even if I did like to sleep. Put away your phone.  Turn off notifications. Put it on vibrate. Sleep.

Wake up Immediately

Snoozing your alarm clock may allow you to be more exhausted from the process of falling back asleep and waking back up repeatedly.  Wake up immediately and let your morning start productively, away from exhaustion. Continue reading

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Update: Last Quarter Favorites

THIS PREVIOUS SEMESTER WAS EXTREMELY BUSY

I apologize again, for my semi-hiatus status! I’ve been trying to balance my school course work, tutoring shifts, extracurricular activities, and finding a job. Taking about 8 classes (18 credit hours not counting lab hours!), it has been difficult studying for midterms! I probably had at least one midterm/test every single week. I have been keeping tracks of days, but the days flow by too quickly! There’s always an assignment due or preparation for a class need each and every day. I honestly enjoy being productive and busy, but I probably won’t be taking this many classes in future semesters, especially with harder science courses. If you would like to know more of my studies, how I studied, or anything of the like, please let me know!

This post will probably be the longest one because I have so many favorites each month, and I cannot leave any out!

Blog Posts:

Tips: Enrolling in Classes

Happy ONE Year Anniversary

What You Should and Not Do Before Your Exams

Liebster Award

What’s on My Phone?

Drama Review: Queen for Seven Days

Dramas I Have REWATCHED This Year

18 Things I Wish to Do in 2018

Music:

I haven’t been resonating with EXO’s music these past few years. It seems that I have grown out of their type of music, but EXO’s Sweet Lies is the exact RnB that I need in my life.

LambC’s Love Like That is so chill that makes me feel more relaxed when I would be stressing to write essays.

I absolutely love Shiloh’s voice. This beat and remix is so beautiful. It’s another perfect destressing type of music.

Keshi’s Magnolia is another favorite for studying. At this rate, I might as well share my study music playlist. Hehe If you want a whole list, comment down below! Continue reading

18 Things I Wish To Do in 2018

In 2017, I promised to find myself and become the best person I could possibly be.  Now, how did that go? Well, I would say that I learned quite a lot about myself this previous year. College has forced me to acknowledge my weaknesses and better them to be my strengths. While I have found who I am, I still have many weaknesses that I would like to improve. Here are 18 things that I wish to do in 2018. Yes, there are quite a few that I have listed. However, I will challenge myself to try to achieve all that I have listed. After all, most of these goals should be something that I should already implement into my lifestyle.

  1. Get out of my comfort zone
  2. Talk to people
  3. Make new friends
  4. Be more involved
  5. Fix my sleep schedule
  6. Wake up earlier
  7. Set a study schedule
  8. Be more productive with time.
  9. Increase my GPA
  10. Gain medical experience
  11. Start saving money
  12. Get a part-time/full-time job
  13. Declutter my closet and papers
  14. Eat more healthy
  15. Find more reasons to smile
  16. Read more books
  17. Live simple with minimal items
  18. Be grateful and keep a list of gratitude

What are your resolutions/goals for this year?

What’s on my Phone?

I have a Samsung Galaxy s5. I got this phone during my junior year of high school. With only 16GB I have constantly been running out of space. It’s current running on 15.98GB/16.00GB of space! I cannot download any documents or videos without my phone warning me of low storage space.  If you’re getting a phone, I highly suggest you get 32GB or higher! Thus, I’m only able to keep important apps on my phone, if I want to leave some space for pictures (class lecture slides or study notes). Anyways, I thought it would be fun to show you into a more personal space of mine.

School Related:

Outlook 

This is probably my number one used school app. It automatically notifies me of any email I get from my professors, because a canceled class is always nice to know before I head out. (: But in all seriousness, I signed up to get email notifications when new assignments are up, when my grades get uploaded, when new documents are added, when events or important notices come up, etc. This has been extremely helpful to get notifications to bring certain materials to class or change incorrect grades as soon as possible.

Canvas

My school uses Canvas, where students can turn their assignments in online and communicate with their professors. Turning in assignments, viewing grades, and getting updates from professors have never been easier. I love this learning management system, and I do know what could be better.

Group Me

Group Me is the messenger app that almost every student at my university uses for group projects or organization group chats. It allows user to add each other with their account rather than phone number ( just in case anyone is uncomfortable with that).  I personally hate using Group Me. If I could delete this app, I would probably be the happiest I will ever be. Personally, the design of the app is not my style. I absolutely hate the blue people emojis! I rarely get notifications for Group Me even when I sign up for the SMS! Sometimes, I even get kicked out of the group chat for no reason!! If only I can tell you how many important messages for group projects or organizations I have missed out on. I personally prefer to group text or use Kakaotalk, which I will note below! Group Me takes up a lot of my phone space and defeats the purpose of why I downloaded this app in the first place.

Google Drive

I love the storage space Google Drive offers. You can access your Microsoft documents on here, organize your folders in color, share your documents, and more. I love using Google Drive because of the ease of accessing my files on multiple devices. I currently only have Google Drive. With Google Drive app, you can only access the file; you cannot edit your files. If I have the space I will definitely re-download Google Docs, Google Excel, and Google Power Point. I had to delete these for Group Me. 😡 Canvas also allows students to upload their files with Google Drive, so Google Drive is another resource for me to turn in files last minute or on the go.  Continue reading

Liebster Award

I’ll like to thank DoctorinSpe for nominating me for this award! I apologize that it took so long to get this post up! I’m a little embarrassed to say that I have not been as active these past few months.  If completely understand if you wish to revoke this nomination. Haha anyways, I absolutely love M’s blog! If you’re also a pre-med or medical student, you’ll definitely find a lot of tips and medical topics here! If you are a college student, you can also find useful tips and lifestyle posts! Please check out DoctorinSpe’s blog and show some love!

What is this?

Liebster is the German word for dearest, nicest or beloved. It is a recognition award for bloggers who are nominated by other bloggers, and it allows you to ask fun questions to get to know everyone.

Rules:

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
    Thank you DOCTOR IN SPE!
  • Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers
  • Ask 11 new questions for them to answer

Questions I Received:

Where is your favorite hangout spot?

I am a complete homebody. I love to travel and go to events with friends, but home is where my heart is. Honestly, chilling at home with friends could be just as fun as going to events out in public.

What reminds you most of your childhood?

Whenever I see purple dragon fruit it always reminds me of my younger childhood back when I lived in California. Now that I no longer live on the coast, fresh purple dragon fruits are a delicacy- if you will- since they are rare to find in my local markets. Growing up, my aunt had a dragon fruit tree in her yard, and she would always send me some fruits when they get ripe. I haven’t had dragon fruits in years!

What is your favorite candy?

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate! If it’s chocolate, it is always a yes.  No, dark chocolate is not chocolate.

Texting or calling? Why?

I prefer calling over texting. However, texting is more ideal for me because I never know if the other person is busy in class or working. Texting is convenient since both parties can respond when they are available. If possible I would prefer webcamming over calling!

What is your favorite drink?

If I can drink anything for the rest of my life, it would be Thai Boba Tea. If only there wasn’t as much sugar and carbohydrates in this drink! I highly recommend you to try boba/bubble/tapioca pearl tea if you have never tried any! I’m addicted!

If you could live on a different planet, would you do it? Why?

It depends on what lifestyle the other planet holds. Am I going to have to spend more energy in finding food and get my daily necessities? How advance is technology over there? Haha, for now, I’m going to say no because I like my lifestyle on Earth at the moment!

Are you now, or were you ever afraid to go to the dentist?

I was always afraid of the anesthesia needles whenever I had to pull out my teeth. Actually, pulling out my teeth freaked me out the most, especially seeing all the pliers (?) used to pull out the teeth. This is why I never considered the dentistry route. Unfortunately, I had two sets of wisdom teeth growing up, one set of wisdom teeth was removed when I was 9 years old (with my dentist) and another set when I was 16 years old(with an oral/maxillofacial surgeon). Both experiences were extremely painful and uncomfortable. I heard in some rare cases, some people may have even 4 sets of wisdom teeth, THAT IS 16 TEETH THAT NEEDS TO BE PULLED OUT. Hopefully, that won’t be me.

In my recent x-ray, my oral and maxillofacial surgeon said that there is a bone showing up in one of my lower wisdom teeth areas. It may be part of my jaw, a piece that was not extracted from my previous surgery, or ANOTHER WISDOM TOOTH COMING IN. PLEASE GIVE THE HONOR TO SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY LIKES REMOVING THEIR OWN TEETH. NOT ME. I DREAD THE THOUGHT OF HAVING SURGERY AGAIN. Continue reading

Happy ONE Year Anniversary

I have been so busy with school this semester that I haven’t been able to keep up with blogging these past few months. Before I knew it, I received a notification that today marks the one year anniversary on this blog!

I started this blog after being inspired by many health care professionals who have shared their experiences on social media while pursuing their medical careers.  I also wanted to share my other hobbies and interests  so I started DramasforScrubs.

Thank you for all those who have joined my blog family and stuck around these previous months. I also like to give some appreciation to new followers who just joined the family! Thank you to those who have stuck around during my slow blogging months. I apologize that I haven’t been blogging lately and promise that I’ll get back as soon as school slows down!

Happy One Year Anniversary!

I definitely have so much to learn and places to continue growing.

I hope you’ll stick around to see more!

 

 

Update: August Favorites

This month has been quite busy with finishing up summer activities and settling into my first month of school. With an apartment, car, and schedule, this semester is just full of new experiences.

This semester is the first semester that I feel like I’m learning new things. In high school, I have already touched on subjects like Chemistry, History, Calculus, etc, but this semester I’m excited to learn new things in Organic Chemistry and Statistics! I’m also experiencing a new learning environment. One of my teachers basically talk the whole class, never writing anything on the board, which I have never experienced before. I wouldn’t say that this is my favorite type of learning.

My MCAT studying has completely come to a stop. I’m currently taking 18 hours, not counting the time I spend in multiple labs and volunteering tutoring position ever week. I decided to take 18 hours since most of my classes were subjects I’ve been familiarized with since I took AP classes in high school. It is manageable, but I will not likely take this many hours after this year. I’m honestly terrified of PCHEM that is around the corner. What does this class even consist of? Well, I guess I’ll have to find out when I meet up with my adviser.

As you can probably already tell, September has only gotten busier! I’ll like to apologize to all followers and new followers of my semi-hiatus at the moment. I promise that I’ll get back to all your messages and comments ASAP!!

A message to my freshmen readers: It might be stressful trying to put everything together and settling in, but it’s going to be okay! You’re going to miss home and your friends at one point, but you’re going to see them again! Stay on top of your studies, but don’t forget to relax and hang with some friends when you get the chance!

Blog Posts:

As expected, there are less blog posts compared to the amount in July since school started. I’ll like to post more drama reviews, but it looks like I won’t be able to post as often. I also plan to continue to provide more academic tips; throughout the year. Let me know if there is any subject or concerns you would like me to touch on! Don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below or start a conversation on Instagram! Hit the follow button on WordPress or via email to stay updated!

Drama Review: Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms

Update: July Favorites

Studying Tips

Why You Should Drop that Class

Birthday Month:

August was also my birthday month. I didn’t do anything special on my birthday, but I did enjoyed this whole month catching up with friends and family members.

One of my friends made this book storage for me, probably because she knows I always have a high stack of books on my desk. This is probably the cutest DIY present I ever received! I might do a desk tour once I settle down!

Knitting:

I completed a lot of knitting/crocheting projects this month! KakaoTalk_20170906_104826677

I made these two crochet pink Totoro inspired amigurumis to decorate my new apartment. I don’t have a pattern because I basically designed it as I crocheted. The adorable bear was a gift from another friend.

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Over the years, I’ve gotten tired of the plain and thin sweaters sold around the stores. Whenever I find cute chunky sweaters I’m always driven away from the material that is used or the price. I decided to take things into my owns hand and knit this Honeycomb Aran by Patons. It took me almost two weeks the first time I knitted this half of the back because I kept messing up! But working on half of the front, it only took me 3 days! Practice makes perfect!

Many comparable chunky sweaters like this are sold almost $100 in stores, if not a couple hundreds of dollars. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish this sweater by November! Continue reading