Apologies and Phone Woes

Today was spent at the beach with my youth group from church, and it was a lovely day; I’m so so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life, thank you God! šŸ™‚

Anyways, I haven’t updated this blog in over two weeks- the longest I’ve gone without doing so all year, boooo me. One of my new year resolutions was to do at least one post a week, and I’ve failed in that, but the last couple of weeks have been CRAY. It would take too long to go into full detail on everything that’s happened, so here are some highlights;

– MEDIC FRESHERS WEEK, it was such a blast! Met so so many first year medics, as well as some in the year above, and it was a week of non stop activities, barely had time to sleep! Events like the white t-shirt pub crawl, fancy dress night, sports evening and the medics’ ball really helped break the ice, and they were very fun too. As I live off campus, and a lot of the events were on campus, it would have been very long for me to keep going back to my house, so MASSIVE shout out to Jess for letting me stay with her in her room in halls.

– Meeting a first year medic who found my blog through Google, and read it before coming to uni! If you see this, Juliet, I was very flattered by your kind words about this blog, so thanks for reading it; it really is a small world that we live in! šŸ™‚

– Getting medic “parents,” who are 2nd year medics that will be my mentors. My “mum and dad” are such lovely people; we had a family meal to get to know each other better, and it was super cute. As well as being mentored, I am a mentor to two of the new foundation year students, so I’m looking forward to getting to know my “children” better. I would have really found having a mentor last year helpful, so I’ll do my darn best to make sure my mentees are given the help and guidance I didn’t get when I was in their position.

– First full week of lectures was… intense (Physiology LOLLLLLL, but I can do it!). I have 9 till 5 days now, which hasn’t actually been as tough as I thought it’d be! Going to bed earlier makes you feel more refreshed in the morning, who knew? I’m loving my new PBL group so far, but I do miss my group from last year </3

– Balancing my extra-curricular activities, studying and social life will be difficult. I'm someone who loves doing things and meeting people and socialising and getting involved; I've already joined medics netball, the paediatric society, anatomy drawing society, the teddy bear hospital society, rheumatology and orthopaedics society, African Caribbean society (ACS), Glee showchoir and Kids Action Overseas (KAOS)… yeah. I know that's a lot of stuff to balance with my workload, and I'll try my best to stay on top of things. If I can't, then I guess I'll have to give some up. That'll be tough for me, but work comes first. Time will tell how things work out…

– GP placement was sooo much fun! The great thing about my university's course structure is that we get to meet patients from week 1, so I had the opportunity to take a history from a pregnant lady who came in, so exciting! We also learned how to take blood pressure, do a urinalysis, and how to wash hands properly. It's only our first week and we've already started on skills that some medical students don't do till 3rd or 4th year, yay!

And that's all I can think of for now; I think I covered most of it!

In other news, my phone isn't working (again). Why does this only ever happen when I'm at uni??? It is a truth universally acknowledged that I am very attached to my phone; it's my alarm and watch, how I contact and keep updated with the world, and it also contains my daily schedule, so not being able to use it sucked. It was also really bad timing when it stopped working, as this was during medic freshers, so everyone was exchanging phone numbers and adding each other on Facebook/Whatsapp/Snapchat and I felt really left out. The good thing about it all, was that my phone not functioning challenged me to put myself out there and stop relying on technology to socialise… and it worked!

Shoutout to Abs (my mother) for going out of her way to get my phone fixed. She also sent me one of her phones as a replacement while my one is getting repaired, so she is the bestest.

Wowie, this has been a long post. To conclude, my stress levels aren't high right now, so that's a good thing. There's a lot of work to do, and more is definitely coming, but I plan to keep calm and on top of things. So message to future Tai: You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you šŸ™‚

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