Currently I've been spending my days and nights at the local Borders bookstore with my eyes not glued enough to my laptop screen. I'm people watching, but when I'm not, I am studying for my last exam of the second year, aka "MOD 4", which is short for Mechanisms of Disease test # 4. Imagine taking a 5 hr final that covers ~3 semesters of physical chemistry material. The catch is that all that material was presented over 2 months, and I only started studying for this exam a few days ago.
I'm taking it early, next Friday the 28th instead of Wednesday the 2nd, not out of hubris, but because I am also studying for "the boards" which is the USMLE Step 1. I'm taking that Wednesday June 16th. It's a comprehensive exam that covers all of the material of the first two years of medical school. Now if only I could get a master's degree for finishing it.
After that I will be partying/sleeping/packing for a night, and then I will jaunt through San Diego to Reno on the 15th, stay about a week, stay a week in SD, and then start 3rd year July 6th with the receipt of a shiny little pager that will no doubt be the bane of my existence. I am expecting to visit some friends, hopefully if you all could visit me in Carson as I won't have a car ?
How am I?
My most immediate sensation is itching. Yes I itch, and in more than one place, and it is probably mediated by Th1 and Th2 helper T-cells, heh. I made the mistake of leaving my combo lotion/bug repellent/sunblock in my car, and over the course of the last two days have garnered ~3 insect bites per limb, one on my face, and one on my collarbone, right where it makes that graceful curve. What a shame; of all of my bones, it is easiest to show off my collarbone without calling attention to rounder parts of me.
Other than that, I am as usual all of the following: book-hungry, food-hungry, movie-hungry, sex-hungry, and generally dehydrated. So please send me email care packages and let me know how you are doing!