5 days to go! The final stretch towards my MCAT exam next Saturday…. somehow I feel quite excited rather than nervous! Just a couple days left to sharpen my weaknesses and finally perform. Been studying for over 6 months now, so it’s safe to say I’ll be really glad when this is over! Fellow pre-meds writing the exam next Saturday: allow me to sincerely wish you all good luck! We studied hard. Put in the needed hours. And now it’s time to put on the show. Let’s show them what we’ve got!
“Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.”
–Paul J. Meyer
Blood test can predict Alzheimer’s
As a research student in the Alzheimer’s field, I am always drawn to news articles regarding clinical advances against this highly debilitating disease. This research, published in Nature, is showing that we may easily be able to diagnose Alzheimer’s in the early stages through a simple blood test!
They have essentially worked out a way to study levels of 10 phospholipids (or fats) to predict onset of Alzheimer’s 3 years in advance, with 90% accuracy!!
Here’s a link to the Nature paper: http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nm.3466.html. Highly recommend using your local university library to access it.
If you, like MANY other pre-meds, have spent your undergrad worrying incessantly about whether your grades and activities will be enough to pursue your lifelong dream of medical school, hear this. I know there are senior students and professors who keep insisting that med school is too competitive, too many people have the same “dream”, you haven’t really thought about it, etc etc etc…. I know you may feel ashamed to have the same dream as lots of other students, and may wish to hide it, lest you disappoint. Truth is though, if you let yourself be controlled by them, you’ll actually be roadblocking yourself by being nervous and stressed out all the time.
Be confident. Stay motivated. Read medical blogs (vitummedicinus.blogspot.ca and Medscape Differential are my personal favourites!). Watch Grey’s, Scrubs, Saving Hope, and heck any old medical drama that gives you the adrenaline rush that makes you want to zoom forward in time and into those scrubs.
We can never micro-control our past or our future – but we can certainly take charge of the present moment. Let’s be those “pre-med” students who can and will achieve their dreams!
Salad-2: “cannot-be-described” chick-peas, onions, apple slices, pecans, eggs, olives, spinach, carrot, sunflower seeds
Salad-1: “Apple-Fava Delight” fava beans, chick peas, apple slices, walnuts, lettuce, sunflower seeds