First Trimester Favorites

I apologize for going MIA since school has started. As it is summer now, I promise there will be more blog posts coming soon! This one is going to be a long one!

I hope that 2018 has been a good and productive year for you so far! I returned back to my university in the middle of January for my spring semester of sophomore year! Learning my lesson from my 18 credit hours last semester, I took 15 hours this spring. However, I felt that this semester is much more difficult since I’m taking three of my major classes at the same time. Perhaps, this may my most difficult semester. Never did it ever cross my mind that an intro to biochemistry class would dissect my brain into pieces. I had daily quizzes and large weekly homework assignment, which has changed my studying habits drastically. Biochemistry got me putting my phone away and staying at my desk to focus for the majority of 2018 already. Definitely look out for more details in my end of my sophomore year review! I cannot believe that I am halfway done with my degree!

I have recently been more active on my Instagram. I have so much planned for my blog coming soon, but if you’re interested in mini updates from time to time, follow me on @dramasforscrubs! I am not quite sure what theme or what direction I want to head, but for now, I’m going to keep it a medical related Instagram. I just reached over 500 followers, and I cannot believe how many inspiring doctors, medical students, pre-meds, physician assistants, pre-pa, dentists, optometrists, nurses, technicians, and so many other professionals I have connected with on Instagram!

Without further ado, here I go with my favorites from January to April!

Blog Posts:

A Formal Introduction

After a long debate with myself, I decided to reveal my first name!

First Impression: Untouchable Lovers 

I wrote a guest blog post on DramaPanda a few weeks ago with my first impressions of Untouchable Lovers. If you are obsessed with dramas, especially Chinese dramas, you should definitely check out DramaPanda! Also, this blog post is my highlight for this trimester since VIKI REWTWEETED IT! After years of watching dramas on Viki, Never did I ever imagine that Viki would notice me!

Why Medicine – 10 Words 

Masumah was so kind in using her platform to gather a large number of bloggers to share their love of pursing medicine IN 10 WORDS! If you are interested in following more medical journeys, check out her amazing blog and other featured bloggers!

Learning to Be a Morning Person

With 8:30 A.M. classes almost every day, I have learned a few tricks to change my grumpy and groggy moods in the mornings.

Update: Last Quarter Favorites 

Here’s my last favorites update!

18 Things I Wish to Do in 2018

This was the first post I wrote this year sharing my goals for 2018. It honestly feels like a lifetime ago since January.

Music:

Jo Woochan, Park Hyunjin, and A Chillo’s OGZ is a collaboration among 12/13 year olds. I’m so amazed at how talented 12 years are these today. Jo Woochan actually made into the semifinals on Show Me the Money 6 that I’lll mention below!

Red Velvet’s Bad Boy blew me away.

Suzy’s Holiday featuring DPR Live is another favorite. How can someone be so naturally gorgeous and sound so beautiful at the same time?

Sik-K’s Choppy was probably played the most throughout this trimester. I love the chill vibes it gives. Continue reading

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A Formal Introduction

Hi there!

I hope it’s not too late to introduce myself. You probably stopped by for my drama reviews or medical journey or both. However, I never formally introduced myself to you guys. I apologize for taking so long to create a formal introduction. I initially wanted to remain anonymous on this blog and my Instagram under DramasforScrubs. While I still wish to disclose little about my school, location, and name, I found it difficult to connect with you guys. Thus, I have recently decided to reveal my first name. Rather than introducing myself as DramasforScrubs, I shall now introduce myself as Amy from DramasforScrubs.

Here are some random facts about myself:

I am currently Sophomore studying Biochemistry/Pre-Med at a four year public research university. I will be halfway done with my bachelor’s degree this coming May. So excited for the end of this semester~

Despite growing up with a large, loud family, I am extremely introverted and like to spend time alone. I am an INFJ and am trying to be more social and less awkward.

I’m all about the DIY life. I love making crafts and projects as a way to de-stress. Cooking is also one of my favorite task to do every week as a break from studying.

I get easily distracted. I do not have any games on my phone because I would probably spend hours on there instead of studying. If you are wondering, Candy Crush, Tetris, and Sudoku are my favorite games. (;

I have an obsession with chicken, especially fried chicken. I also love trying new ice cream flavors, consistency, and brands in my past time. My favorite flavor at the moment is cookies and creme.

Thank you for being patient. Thank you so much for following me on my medical journey along with occasional hobbies and tidbits. 

Amy

 

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

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