Random and Cool Facts !!

Hey everyone. Hope everyone is surviving the spring semester! The midterm season may have begun for many of you, so good luck to you all. Now, for this month’s post, I thought of spewing out some random yet cool facts that you may not have known before. Some of these definitely surprised me. I hope you enjoy and learn something new today! These facts are from an app called Facts.

  1. The average raindrop falls at 7 miles per hour.
  2. There are between 5,000 and 7,000 tigers kept as pets in the United States.
  3. The Philippines has about 7,100 islands of which only about 460 are more than 1 square mile in area.
  4. If you could fly a plane to Pluto, the trip would take more than 800 years.
  5. One out of ten children in Europe is conceived on an IKEA bed.
  6. Sponges hold more cold water than hot.
  7. ATM stands for Automated Teller Machine.
  8. The Minneapolis phone book has 21 pages of Andersons.
  9. The Earth weighs around 6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.
  10. If you drop silly putty from high enough, it will shatter like glass when it hits the ground.
  11. For every 230 cars that are made, 1 will be stolen.
  12. Every day is a holiday somewhere in the world.
  13. If you count how many times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds and add 37, you get a rough estimate of the temperature in Fahrenheit.
  14. It has NEVER rained in Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile.
  15. Bubble gum contains rubber.
  16. Jupiter has the shortest days of all of the planets. It rotates on the axis every 9 hours and 55 minutes.
  17. Oslo, Norway, is the world’s most expensive city. A gallon on gas costs almost $5, and it costs $1.32 to use the public restrooms.
  18. The house fly hums in the middle octave key of F.
  19. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
  20. You blink over 20,000,000 times a year.
  21. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump were all born with a 66-day stretch.
  22. Camels have three eyelids.
  23. If done perfectly, a Rubik’s cube combination can be solved in 17 turns.
  24. The “pound” key on your keyboard (#) is called an octothorpe.
  25. Moisture not air, causes super glue to dry.
  26. South Dakota is the only U.S. state which shares no letters with the name of its capital.
  27. It’s against the law in Kansas to catch fish with your bare hands.
  28. Andorra, a tiny country between France & Spain, has the longest average lifespan of 83.49 years.
  29. At birth, Dalmatians are always white.
  30. The word “muscle” comes from Latin term meaning “little mouse” which is what Ancient Romans thought flexed bicep muscles resembled.
  31. The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”
  32. Most household dust is made of dead skin cells.
  33. Brushing your teeth regularly has been shown to prevent heart disease.
  34. In the marriage ceremony of the ancient Inca Indians of Ancient Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.
  35. A healthy (non-colorblind) human eye can distinguish between 500 shades of grey.
  36. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
  37. Lightning strikes the Earth 100 times every second.
  38. More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.
  39. Paraskevidekatriaphobia means the fear of Friday the 13th, which occurs one to three times a year.
  40. The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.

 

WOW! Did you learn something new? Feel free to comment below your favorite fact(s) or share some that you know! Thank you!

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Tips for Medical School Interviews

Hi everyone! Happy new year! I hope your winter break went stupendously. I am currently applying to medical schools and going to interviews, so I thought I could share some tips that I have gleaned from these experiences for those of who might be thinking of going into the medical field. Even if you are not, some of these tips will surely help you with other types of interviews as well. So let us begin!

1. Attire

You may know this already, but I will still say it. Make sure that you are in business formal attire. Although many may think that it doesn’t quite matter whether your attire is black or another neutral color, I think it may make a slight difference. I personally avoid black suits because in my point of view it is so generic that you are lost in a sea of interviewers. If you go for, on the other hand, a very slight hue of dark blue or even gray, you may stick out. The shirt you wear on inside also applies to this!

2. Getting there

Try not to drive on the day of your interview. You want to relax and not be tired from driving. Know how far the exact location is at least the night before. There has been an instance in which the address of the medical school is not the same as the place of your interview, so do make sure you double check the directions to your interview location.

3. Eat

Make sure to eat the morning of your interview no matter how stressed you feel. Going to an interview while you are hungry is never a good idea.

4. Practice and Rehearse

While you may think you are apt at answering questions about your own experiences, you should still dedicate time to go over some possible sample questions.  A simple Google search will do the job. For medical schools, I have found the Student Doctor Network blogs quite helpful. These blogs have students who have undergone the same type of interview and post the questions they have been asked. I am so glad I checked this out because at least 3-4 questions my interviewers have asked me were from these blogs. Try to spend a few days rehearsing it out loud. On the day of the interview, you will be much more fluid in your responses if you have thought about and spoke it out loud before. Make sure you research about the school/programs/etc. COME UP WITH QUESTIONS TO ASK THE INTERVIEWER/OTHER FACULTY ABOUT THE SCHOOL/PROGRAMS/ETC. However, my only caveat to this tip would be to try to avoid over-rehearsing on the day of the interview itself. Leave the day of the interview to relaxation by preparing days before.

5. Be Present in the Moment

TURN YOUR PHONE OFF!

6. Bring a notepad

Bring a small notebook or notepad with you (along with a pen) to jot down key things that you may learn about the school and programs proffered. This way you look engaged. Try to ask questions and participate during faculty presentations about the school, curriculum, etc. Note down any important emails/phone numbers of people with whom you want to ask more questions or just talk to.

7. Converse

Whether it is with your fellow interviewees or the faculty members, you should be actively conversing with them. This will further show your engagement and interpersonal skills. I personally found this helpful because I learned about a lot of opportunities (about extracurriculars and jobs) from my fellow peers as well as connected with faculty who will now remember my name and face because of our conversations.

8. Be Attentive

 Not all interviewers are comfortable with handshakes, so read the body language and greet wisely. If the interviewer extends his or her hand out for a handshake then you must follow up with a firm handshake while maintaining eye contact. During the interview (and throughout the day), pay attention to details. Really listen to what the interviewer is asking you. Sit up straight. Maintain eye contact while talking. Try to avoid rambling or talking in circles. However, it is okay to give your answer and elaborate upon it a bit. If you are unsure of what the question is asking, just politely ask the interviewer to repeat it.  End the conversation by thanking them and wishing them a good day. Walk out and do not look back.

9. Thank You Note

DO NOT FORGET to email your interviewer(s) saying what you got from the interview, how you think it went, what your favorites point(s) of the conversation was, how your interview experience changed (or strengthen your interests in) your view of the school/career/programs etc…

10. Be Patient

Don’t keep emailing the admissions office or the interviewer about when you will hear back. It takes time for this process so be patient. You have done your hard work so give yourself some downtime!

I hope this was helpful! Thank you for reading! Have a great rest of the month!

Must-Read Final Exam Tips

Hey everyone! Fall 2018 semester is finally coming to an end. I feel like it flew by so fast! You know what that (unfortunately) means: finals are approaching. I thought I would share with you some tips for the dreadful exams.

Before the Exam

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  1. Go to the review sessions. I know this may sound a little “no-duh”, but trust me there are many of you who think staying in and studying instead of getting on the bus to go to the review session is smart. All the review sessions I have attended in the past 3 years (including for my last semester classes) were quite useful; the professor/TA’s always gave some sort of hint on what to focus my studying on, so do go if you can.
  2. Go to your Rutgers portal to see your final exam dates. You should have done this by now, but if you haven’t, then go do it right now. Plan out how your exam days are going to be. Which campus do you have to go to? Do you have enough time to commute? How far apart are your exams? Do you have a little extra time to wake up and study?
  3. Make a condensed note sheet of keynotes. On this list, it would be useful to write mechanisms, dates of key events, classifications of lipids, etc. Any piece of information that you keep forgetting, (after you have studied and reviewed all the material multiple times) put it on this note sheet. I find it helpful to limit my words and pages used for the keynotes because I don’t want to rewrite ALL my notes.
  4. While you go over your notes, use a red (or a color of your choice) pen to highlight/box/underline VERY important notes. Try to limit it to one color so the information really sticks out when you review the notes again.
  5. Make a questions list. You know those questions you have been waiting to ask your professor all semester? Well, now would probably be a good time to compile all the questions into a list on your phone (I do this using notepad), laptop, or a piece of paper.
  6. Speaking of questions, make it a goal to contact your professor at least once between now and two to three days before the exam to clarify material/answer your questions (from the list you have made of course). Notice I said contact and not that you HAVE to go to office hours.  I know time is of the essence right now, so see if you can email your questions to professors instead. I find this more helpful because the professors themselves take the time to write out more thorough answers than if you were to ask in person.
  7. Grab a friend (or make one first by exchanging contact information) from the class and quiz each other. I usually wait till I have gone over and am comfortable with all the material before I do this. This is so that you truly find out the really weak topics that you should look over in the last day or two (or few hours) before the exam.
  8. Try not to study the last hour before the exam. Trust me, it does NOT help at all. In fact, when I do study an hour before the exam, I get more anxious and feel like I don’t know any of the material ( I feel less prepared than I really am). Just relax this hour. Watch those 20-minute episodes of your favorite show. Listen to music. Hang out with your friends (obviously for fun and not to study together at this point).

Taking the Exam

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  1. Circle/underline keywords/terms in the exam questions (if you are allowed to write on the exams). These are usually the “NOT the answer”, “does NOT fit in”, important names/numbers, etc.  Be sure you know what the question is really asking you.
  2. Do not doubt yourself on the exam. I usually star the questions I REALLY have no clue about and then ONLY review those after making sure there is an answer for every question (even if this answer is doubtful). You can make sure your bubbled in answer matches the one you circled (if you are using a scantron), but other than this, do NOT go over questions you are not totally doubtful of.
  3. When reviewing doubtful questions, unless you know for sure (because you remembered an important piece of information or deduced the answer due to hidden clues from other questions on the exam), DO NOT CHANGE YOUR ANSWER.

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  1. You are free. Stop thinking about that one question you know you got wrong (even after I told you not to doubt yourself and change it for the tenth time).  You can’t change the past. Move on.

I hope these tips help! Good luck to everyone!!!!!

 

The Most Beautiful and Spectaclar Places to Visit During Fall!!

Hi everyone!

It’s finally Fall!!!! Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors; they make every cold day worth the walk outside. I thought this month I would share with you a list of the most beautiful places to see during fall. This is just a short list, so feel free to look up more if you would like. Enjoy!

1. Vermont Green Mountain Byway

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This colorful, scenic drive will absolutely blow your mind. You start the drive in Waterbury and keep driving along Route 100. Stare out your window on both sides, and you will feel as if you are entering a magical wonderland of hues of oranges, reds, and yellows.

2. Colorado Aspen Valley

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This little valley is filled with tall, yellow riverside cottonwoods that are towering over you as you hike through. Aspen Valley has many other activities you can do besides hiking. You can shop, eat, visit museums, go to shows, and much more.

3. Catskills in New York

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This is one is in our neighboring state! Catskills is filled with wooded hillsides and mountain peaks that are painted with vibrant colors in fall. From open-air rides on the Catskill Mountain Railroad to fly fishing, there are many opportunities to be with one with nature.

4. The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee

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Established in 1934, this park is one of the most popular national parks in America. If you love a mountain view, then this is the perfect place for you. The Appalachian Mountains are the epitome of mother nature.

While these places are all in America, I wish to fly you across the world for other spectacular fall views.

5. Bieszczady in Poland

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Okay, this is one is pretty cool. This is a Polish cordillera that is one of the rare places in which the night sky is pollution-free. That means you can finally stargaze; as you lay on your back and look up, a million glimmering diamonds are awaiting your gaze.

6.  Eurochocolate in Perugia, Italy

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Alright, this is one is a mouthwatering sweet delight! If you are a chocolate lover (totally me), then drop everything and go to this annual festival in late October! Seriously. This year, it is from October 19 to October 28th.  From chocolate sculptures to free chocolate chips for EVERYONE, things just keep getting better. The events are all free! Tell me a better way to make your sweet tooth tingle. I’ll wait.

7. The Megyer Mountain Tarn in Sarospatak, Hungary

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These mountains seem to be carved by nature herself. The lake meanders around the little islands of mountains. A tarn is a small mountain lake formed from a glacial erosion. Each island is splotched with colorful, vivacious trees. This is a great place for water lovers.

Well, I hope you enjoyed looking at these places. Now, go and actually look at them in person, either with a friend or with your family. These will definitely be on my bucket list (especially the Eurochocolate festival). Feel free to comment on your personal favorites below. Do you know of other places in which autumn manifest its colors (literally)?

Must-Watch TED Talks

Hey everyone! The fall 2018 semester has officially started and time is flying! I already have at least 4 midterms by November 1st. It is getting crazy, but one thing that I love doing when taking a break is watching a TED Talk. While many of you may know about these, I will give a brief background for those that are unfamiliar.

TED talks are talks hosted by influential and innovative individuals from around the world. The topics range from Architecture to Psychology and much, much more. What I like about TED talks is that they always present new perspectives on common issues and breakthroughs that you would have never imagined. I have compiled a list of all my favorite (thus far) TED talks, so watch these or ones that personally interest you! Have fun!

1. How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over by Mel Robbins

This talk is for everyone who has answered “I am fine” whenever someone has asked them how they were doing. Robbins discusses how life may seem boring because of the routine we put ourselves into. Just as we have basic needs to breathe, eat, and drink, perhaps, we also have a basic need to explore. When this need doesn’t get met then, we feel unfulfilled in life.  Note: if the link is not working, then try searching it directly on Youtube!

2. 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation by Celeste Headlee

This is a talk that I really urge all of you to watch because it gives you a condensed list of ten small and easy tricks to help you speak and listen better. Whether it is during interviews or being pulled into a conversation about drama by your best friend, everyone can definitely glean at least one thing from the video on how to improve conversational skills.

3. How to Design a Library that Makes Kids Want to Read by Michael Bierut

Bierut talks about how the key to inspiring children in public schools to read is through the design of the library. See how Bierut brings one library to life by infusing its design with the very readers who will use it.

4. How do You Build a Sacred Place by Siamak Hariri

Here, Hariri is part of an architecture team who is building a temple in South America. The reasons and philosophy behind the different components of the design are profound and truly riveting.

5. How Augmented Reality Could Change the Future of Surgery by Nadine Hachach-Haram

All you technology and science lovers better buckle up because this talk is about to blow your mind. This talk discusses how we can tackle the issue of a low surgeon-to-population ratio using remote surgery. A senior, experienced surgeon can supervise surgery from thousands of miles away. In addition to supervising, he or she can also train future surgeons!

6.  The Urgency of Intersectionality by Kimberle Crenshaw

This is a much-needed talk on the struggles of overlapping oppression and how the policies must change in order to talk into account such intersectionality. Crenshaw gives the powerful and terrifying example of the racism AND genderism that Black woman face daily. NOTE: there is graphic content so please pay attention to the warning label in the video.

Thank you! Good luck in all your classes!

Summer Series Part Two: Knitting!!!

Hello everyone! Summer has officially kick-started, although it is currently raining outside. I thought I would continue my summer series posts to update you on what I will be doing this summer. I am really ecstatic to tell you that, this summer, I will be learning knitting!

Why knitting? Well, my mom has always been a knitter and I had a ball of purple yarn and a pair of dark green knitting needles laying around, so I thought, hey, let me give it a shot! So, here I am knitting. I should tell you that it is quite addicting once you get the hang of it. I started off checking out some beginner level instructional books from my local library. Unfortunately, I personally found it a bit difficult to comprehend whether the needle goes under the yarn or over from merely looking at the diagrams. One thing that I did glean from these instructional books was ideas on patterns. Then, I turned to YouTube videos. The videos were much easier to follow. My favorite videos are from Knitting Stitch Patterns. These videos have step-by-step, detailed instructions that are quite helpful.

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Before we get into some patterns, I would like to share with you the basics. Any pattern that you will ever do will always comprise of knit stitches and purl stitches. The difference between these two is a matter of whether the needle goes under or over the yarn. Knit stitches look like braids and purl stitches look like beads (see image above). If you master knit and purl stitches, then you are set for doing any pattern; the patterns are merely omnifarious combinations of these two stitches.

Before starting the pattern right away, my mom taught me that laying a strong and neat foundation is key. Thus, consecrate at least one row to laying out the foundation. The term for knitting the foundation and putting the yarn onto the needle is called “casting on,” which is often abbreviated as CO.  Before casting on, you need to do a slip knot (this will technically be your first stitch), then you can start casting on more stitches along your needle. 

Each pattern has a specific number of stitches that need to be cast on and this information will often be mentioned right in the beginning. The foundation is considered Row 1. Knitting patterns are often addressed according to specific rows. Often, instructions will be abbreviated. For example, Row 2: K2 * P2, K1. Translated, the preceding statement would be interpreted as the following: in row 2, do two knit stitches, then do two purl stitches and one knit stitch, and then repeat (*) the two purl stitches and one knit stitch till the end of the row.  Some other examples of key abbreviations are listed.

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Now, let us get to the fun part: patterns! When knitting patterns, there are two sides: the wrong side and the right side. You can think of it as a shirt having a right side (the one shown on the outside) and a wrong side (the unseen side). Often, you would want to display the pattern on the right side. Some patterns that I have done so far include Moss stitch, raspberry stitch, diamond honeycomb stitch, seed stitch, bamboo stitch, basket-weave stitch, and teardrop stitch. You can see seed stitch, raspberry stitch, diamond honeycomb stitch, and bamboo stitch examples, respectively, below!

Well, I hope you saw how cool knitting can be. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes! Enjoy the rest of your summers!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Hi everyone! Spring has officially begun which means that Mother’s Day is almost here. I thought I would put together a list of four gifts that you can make or buy. They all leave room for a lot of creativity and personalization. Don’t worry! The DIY’s and the things you can buy will not be too expensive (unless you want them to be). Also, feel free to include more than one item from the list below; the more the merrier your mother will be! Hope you like this post and feel free to tell me your creative ideas because I am looking to get my mom something too!

  1. Cards

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This can be a handmade card or something you buy from a store. I personally greatly enjoy making my own cards. Let me help you brainstorm some ideas for the cards. What I usually do is come up with a list of at least 3-4 things that my mom really likes that I could include as a component of the card. I encourage you to brainstorm these things even if you decide to buy the card. It will add a personalized touch that I am sure your mom will admire. So, let us get back to the brainstorming: favorite color(s), hobbies, movies, songs, food, season, place to visit, and more. Once you’re done brainstorming, try to construct or buy a card that includes at least 2 or more of these elements.

2.  Flowers in a Classy Vase

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Now you can either make a tissue paper flower bouquet or buy beautiful, fresh flowers. As for the vase, if you wish to create your own vase or buy a classy vase, then see if you can still incorporate those things from your list you created in #1. If you want to make your own vase, then go to Walmart or Michaels and see if you can get a plain white or any other plain solid color vase upon which you could decorate and personalize! Pinterest suggests the far right one! If you are buying a vase, then try stores like Home Goods.

3. Handmade Jewelry

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This is exclusively a DIY project because I think it would be really thoughtful and creative to do this! Michaels has an amazing assortment of beads, jewels, and everything else you need to make your own jewelry, so do check it out! Some motifs that you can certainly use can, again, come from your brainstormed list! Other elements or themes that you can implement are flowers, geometric patterns, stars/planets theme, seashells or rocks you have collected, pressed plants, etc…

4. DIY Sign Decor

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This is another DIY that your mom will surely love! Try to find a canvas or some sort of board (wooden, cardboard, or metal) that you can do this on! You have two options for this gift. You can either spell out the word “Mother” or “Mom” and make each letter signify an adjective describing your mother. The other option is even better; you can personalize it further by spelling out your mom’s actual name! Your call! Have fun with it and decorate the board or canvas as you please.

Thank you! Have fun!

St. Patrick’s Day History

Hi everyone! Since St. Patrick’s day was Saturday,  I thought it would be the perfect post to go over some history behind this holiday. So, here it is. I hope you have learned something new! Enjoy!

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St. Patrick’s day is commemorating the death of St.Patrick, a patron saint.  Did you know that, in the 17th century, this commemoration involved a feast? Today, evidently, the celebratory practices have expanded far from a simple feast.  More interestingly, Marion Casey, a clinical assistant professor of Irish studies at New York University, claimed that St.Patrick was actually a Roman citizen who was kidnapped, enslaved, and brought to Ireland at age sixteen. St. Patrick escaped to a monastery in Gaul, France. It is said that Patrick may not have been the actual name of this man; he may have been born with the name Maewyn Succat. However, once he became a priest, Succat may have changed his name to Patricius which is “father figure” in Latin.  As a priest, he returned back to Ireland where he converted Druids to Christianity by terminating their pagan rites. Druids are a class of learned Celts that were often judges, priests, and teachers.

 

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The next 35 years, St. Patrick day celebrations proliferated in amongst the Irish American immigrants. “Irish Aid” societies like Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society spurred up.

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There are many symbols that we often associate with St.Patrick’s day. One of which is the well-known shamrock. Legend says that in his conversion endeavors, St. Patrick explained Christianity by using the shamrock. Chicago first dyed its river green in 1962. How did this bizarre idea even arise? Well, the Chicago city pollutant officers used dyes to track illegal sewage discharges, and soon realized that the green dye could actually be used to show a little bit of St. Patrick’s day spirit! That time, they dumped 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river to keep the river green for a week! Now, only 40 pounds is immersed in order to decrease the environmental damage. The river stays green for a couple hours. While Chicago may claim the dyeing was its original idea, Savannah, Georgia claims that it was their original idea. In 1961, a city restaurant owner named Tom Woolley convinced city officials to dye the Savannah River green. However, the river turned out to be only slightly green and didn’t really work out as planned. They never tried it again. Corn beef and cabbage also became a starring dish in the St.Patrick day celebrations. In the past, this was one of the staple foods the poor Irish could afford.  There are more than a hundred parades in America alone! New York and Boston are two of the most celebratory places in America!

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The most riveting fact is that the first parade ever held to celebrate St. Patrick’s day was in America, not Ireland! On March 17, 1762,  after the Revolutionary War, in New York, Irish soldiers celebrated St. Patrick’s day by hosting the first-ever parade. This was their method of connecting with their Irish heritage.

I hope you enjoyed reading this!

The Best Medical School Info Session Ever!

Hi everyone! I hope midterms are not killing you yet! Last week I attended an amazing information session that Mr. Sobol hosted on applying to medical schools. Now, honestly, I have attended a couple of information sessions before that HPO and other organizations hosted, and I found these sessions were repetitive and cursory. However, this one was very detailed and much more insightful! I would like to share with you some important things I gleaned from this information session.

  1. When it comes to choosing medical colleges, it is important to first go on the HPO website and actually see what medical schools Rutgers students have gotten into. There is a better chance that these colleges will be a good fit for you as well! Also, purchase MSAR because this database of medical schools gives detailed descriptions and statistics on recent matriculating students, curriculum, grading system, financial costs, and more about each medical college.
  2. Make sure your Facebook and other social media accounts are professional. This includes your email address. I never thought about this until I attended the information session! Mr. Sobol mentioned how some medical colleges can view your social media accounts to learn more about how you present yourself, so just remember to clear up any silly or embarrassing pictures you may have on Instagram or Facebook. In addition, if your email is something like fluffybunny123@gmail.com, then you may not come off exactly as professional…
  3. Don’t apply Early Decision if you are not more than 100000% sure you have a good chance getting into the medical college. This is because if the medical school you apply Early Decision to waitlists you, then you might be too late to submit your applications to other medical colleges in which your chance of getting in might have been higher.
  4. Go to open houses and make connections. When you go to open houses, you will get to meet with the deans and other staff members of the medical schools. It will be a good chance to get to know them so they can put a face to your application. It would be even better to follow up after the open house by emailing them any additional questions or comments you have about the medical school. Using Linkedin to connect with other doctors and deans of medical schools is also good.

Here are some tips I learned for medical school interviews.

  1. Research each medical school before going to your interview. Really get to know what they have to offer; look into their programs, curriculum, affiliated hospitals, clubs, etc. Pick few aspects that really stand out to you and be prepared to discuss why you like these aspects.
  2. Have sell points. Be prepared to talk about what makes you a strong applicant. Remember, instead of saying how you are better than other applicants, focus more on what makes YOU a good fit.
  3. Talk about failures and hardships to show what lessons they have taught you.
  4. When they tell you, “tell me about yourself”, don’t freak out. Try to talk about your background, education, clinical experiences, leadership roles, a couple of fun facts and end it firmly by asking whether there is anything else the interviewers would like you to explain further.
  5. Prepare questions for the interviewer. These could be about any of the aspects you researched on while looking up the medical school (curriculum, clubs, unique programs, etc.).
  6. Make sure you are well versed in the current health topics that are spurring in the medical fields. Try to go to depts.Washington.edu/bioethics to see what ethical topics medical professionals might deal with! Read the health and medicine section of news websites!
  7. Good posture, maintaining eye contact, and a firm handshake can go a long way!

Good luck!

A GPA-boosting Semester!

Hey guys! Happy New Year! Wow! It is already 2018! I thought I would share with you some tips and tricks to make this semester a GPA booster. Enjoy and be sure to leave any other tips you have down below!

  1. Try to make at least one friend in each of your class.

This may seem a bit crazy, but trust me, with all those due dates and imminent exams, you will be glad you have a friend to contact. I found this was very helpful because instead of emailing professors or TA’s once a day about assignments or exam formats because I was too busy zoning out in class, I could just text that friend and ask him or her.

2. Keep the syllabus and due dates handy.

This is a really important one because when you have a million things due, small assignment dates can easily be overlooked. Even for procrastinators, if you suddenly realize a three-page paper is due tomorrow at 12pm, it might be a bit late. I find it helpful to print out syllabi for all the classes, and the real trick is to keep them all in one place (e.g in the same folder). This way, you have a lower chance of misplacing them, and it will be much easier to just peruse through all your classes beginning of the week and see what is due when.

3. Before buying all the textbooks, see if they are actually needed.

Every professor, or at least most of them, are obligated to encourage students to get a textbook as part of the course material for their classes. However, this does not necessarily mean that you need the textbook. There are plenty of classes in which the professors’ lecture notes alone will suffice and are actually much more coherent with the material that will be on the exams. Most likely, if you do the required assignments and attend the lectures, you may just get around not buying the textbook. I usually think of textbooks as supplementary material; if I find particular topics rather abstruse, then I turn to the textbook.

4. If you don’t want to fall asleep, sit up close.

There is nothing wrong with sitting up front. It will coerce you to pay attention a bit more, and prevent you from going on your phone every 20 minutes, or chit-chatting with your friend next to you.

5. Try to print readings out.

This may seem a little cumbersome at first, but come on, you have $30 to use up in printing, and we all know it is not that easy of a task to do that when it is the last day of the semester, so why not start using that money to print those pdf readings? By reading it on paper, and physically making notes and highlighting key points, you glean much more from the readings.

6. Keep course notes organized from now.

Still not done taking notes

Now, the beginning of classes is the BEST time to start to take notes in an organized manner, so that in the last week of finals, you won’t be scouring your fat notes-folder of five different subjects for that one particular chart of useful equations. When taking notes on the laptop or on paper, try to have separate folders for the classes or at least limit a folder to maximum two subjects. This goes for taking notes in composition notebooks too.

Thank you! Have a GPA-boosting semester! Good luck!