I like to consider myself a permanent work in progress.

A twenty-something college student, aspiring doctor, health educator, bibliophile, and tea aficionado.

We had our first curriculum for Youth Programs today. It was rough, but expected. I don’t really like how we do things very last minute. You can’t just churn out an entire lesson plan the day of presentation, hoping that things would move seamlessly. This is coming personal experience.

The 7th and 8th graders were also often uncooperative. But I feel like that’s expected seeing that it was our first time there, and we only meet once a month. I think we really just need to build their respect and trust for these lessons to work. I will be facilitating the lesson plan for next month, so we’ll see how that goes.

Life outside of MHC: I’m still a bit under the weather. I didn’t BART back with any of the Berkeley folks because I didn’t want to get anyone sick. I need to get my strength back up. I have a lab practical on Thursday, a paper on Friday, and a dreadful anatomy midterm the following week. I can’t afford to be sick right now, but all I want to do is crawl to my bed and sleep for days.

Studying for anatomy is always so stressful 😫😭

wahaliya :  Hi hi! I'm 7 weeks away from my MCAT and before I changed my Oct 25 date to Dec 6, I was averaging ~27 on my aamc 6-8. I was just wondering if you had any advice for someone studying now! Or how to study! Or how many hours to study! My goal is 33

Yo! I recommend taking the AAMC self-assessment package to see where you’re at so you can focus on your weaknesses. Then follow up on those weaknesses by watching FreelanceTeacher’s videos on YouTube. He goes a bit slow, though, so you might want to watch them at 2x speed. Or if you want less detailed explanations watch Chad’s videos. Both teachers are great.

Have you taken any of the other AAMCs? I would strive for at least one each weekend and then do heavy post-game analysis. Reviewing your answers should take twice as long as taking the actual exam. Save AAMC 11 for last. Always do one or two verbal passages everyday. I recommend TPRH Verbal; there’s a PDF floating somewhere online. You still have plenty of time before your MCAT.

If you’re still in school, studying at least two hours every other day would be ideal. But if you don’t have other stuff going on, it might be good to crank up your studying even more. Especially during your last month.

I studied for 7-10 hours a day the entire month before my MCAT, and although I died a bit inside, it felt really good going through all of the material one last time. I eventually started to see a gradual increase in my scores. My AAMC average was a 31 and I scored 5 points higher on the actual exam, which is a bit rare but I think confidence had a lot to do with it. You’d want to feel confident going into your exam, which is why I recommend focusing on all of your weaknesses first.

Also, ochem is a hit or miss. If you’re already good in ochem I wouldn’t focus too much time on it. I only had 2 ochem passages on my MCAT and a few discretes, but most of it was straightforward.

I wish you the best of luck! If you have any other questions let me know.

So, a lot has happened this week. One of the major things being that I got earned a 36 on my MCAT! I scored in the 96th percentile. Words can’t express how happy I was the night I received my score.

I cried.

Yes, I fucking cried. A bit. Tears of happiness, though. Only because I knew I worked really hard for my score and didn’t deserve anything less. Also because I scored 6 points above my target score. I worked fucking hard.

I’m the type of person who believes that hard work (and kindness) can get you anywhere in life. I remember telling this to a friend during freshmen year after feeling completely destroyed by our first Chem 1A midterm. And what did she say? “Not all the time, especially here.”

Granted, that was my first midterm at Berkeley. I didn’t study for it the right way, so I didn’t do well. Simple as that.

But there was always that part of me that knew that no matter how difficult Berkeley courses can be, you can always do well if you have the right mentality and motivation. I wanted to prove her wrong. So, I lit a fire under my butt, got my shit together, and ended up getting an A- in Chem 1A despite taking only basic chemistry in high school.

I guess you can say Berkeley, in a way, helped me prepare for my MCAT. After all, I never took any AP science classes in high school. I approached my MCAT the same way I approached the rest of my pre-med classes: with the willingness to work hard and to never let my insecurities and slight mishaps get the best of me. I was also never an ass because I believe in karma, but that’s a whole ‘nother topic.

Moral of this short story: work hard, don’t give up and be nice to others. It’s what I live by, breathe and practice. There were definitely moments in my MCAT studies where I felt like shit and just wanted to crawl in a cave, become a recluse and rethink my future. I’m sure it happens to a lot of people; the MCAT is one fucking scary beast of an exam. But I knew I just had to keep going and pushing myself even harder.

It all worked out in the end. I feel so blessed and happy!

obligatory life update

Hi Justin,

Just wanted to let you know the good news! So I staffed today, and the discharge nurse was telling me that how you are so polite, friendly with staff and patients, and extremely helpful when needed.

She mentioned of the onesies incident last week. I was very happy to hear the good news about my team members.

So I thought I should pass her comments along to you. Thank YOU Justin for being such a wonderful volunteer. Reliable, dependable Justin! Proud that you are part of my team.

~ xxx xxx
Birthing Center Volunteer Coordinator



So this kind of made my day.

The nurses at Peds love me. :’)

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