My Typical Week in PA School
Hello Hello! I hope you're having a wonderful week so far. Here's a glimpse into what my week usually looks like! Below, you'll see a screenshot of my Google Calendar.
I LOVE this app more than the Apple iCal simply because I can see all my events on the month mode (not just dots on iCal). Also, I love the 'Reminder' feature on Google Calendar - this allows me to remind myself when to study Pharm or Adult Med. For example, at 1 pm on Friday, I remind myself to review Peds for a quiz the following week. When 1 pm rolls around, I get a notification on my phone, watch and iPad/Laptop to "Study Peds"! Once I complete my task, I'm able to 'Mark as Done' and it'll cross off!
As you can see, we have classes Monday through Thursday (first semester). Not bad right? We love it! Fridays are 'catch up' days and some weeks we have Physical Assessment Lab, review sessions or Exams scheduled.
Since classes start at 10 am most days, I find myself waking up at 6-6:30 am. I prepare myself an Iced Matcha Tea Latte (my main source of caffeine since I can't tolerate coffee) and make my way to school to study. I go to this little study room on campus before classes start and enjoy my Matcha while I go through Quizlets and notes.
After class, I drive over to a coffee shop near my dance studio and basically set up shop until my dance class! I take an hour to destress, stretch my muscles and to dance my heart out! I feel exhausted after the fact, but I am mentally refreshed! I head back over to a coffee shop and continue studying.
Weekends... Does those even exist? YES YES YES. Despite the hectic week ahead, I ALWAYS make time to relax and to decompress. So far, I think I'm doing an okay job. I haven't felt 'Burnt Out' yet and I think it's because I frequently take breaks. Breaks throughout the day and the week and the weekends!
Here's some advice I received from some second year WesternU PA students:
Just because you're in PA school, doesn't mean you can't go to that concert. Prioritize your time for studying and make it happen. Take a break and enjoy yourself.
And this is exactly what I did for the Bruno Mars concert last week! I had Part 1 of the Cardiology exam for Adult Med- the day AFTER the concert and I was so anxious/nervous about it. I started studying Cardio two weeks in advance and this was something that I wasn't use to. I admit it, I'm a crammer and procrastinator- pressure motivates me. It was difficult to push myself to study so early for an exam. But I did it and it all worked out because I scored a 85%! Woo!
I think as the semester progresses, I'm getting more comfortable with my study methods for each class. Like I said in my other study posts, the way I study for one class is sometimes completely different for another class. Honestly, I feel a little more at ease with quizzes and exams now. The scariest thing was the unknown at the beginning of this semester. How am I going to study? What are the exams like? Which resource do I use? I got into the groove of things and everything's gravy now.
Speaking of gravy, Thanksgiving break is just around the corner and we can't wait to enjoy it with family and friends! I plan to practice for my OSCE and practicum during break and write a few essays for some scholarships. And of course, take time for myself, family and friends. Remember, take time for self-care- it's so important for your mental health!