Reflections on my first 2 weeks of PA School

I told myself I would start studying at 3 pm and not stop til I got hungry for dinner. Class ended a little early today, so it’s ok if I spend a little bit of time blogging about my life right now. I will probably study 6 hours from here on so it’s ok if I take a little break, right? I can’t say that I will often blog about it, nor will I have the time. But, I think it’s a good idea to write out my thoughts every so often. And it will be something good to look back at when I am a successful PA.

Two weeks ago I started PA school. For those of you that don’t know what that is, I started a physician assistant program. I am going for my Masters in Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies. It is like medical school with slightly less information, in much less time (27 months, to be exact). As a PA, I will be a mid-level practitioner that works with a physician in order to promote health, diagnose and treat patients, and provide patient education.

Anyway, I’m now starting my 3rd week but the amount of information we have learned it feels like 6 weeks. In my undergrad I took a few accelerated courses and I would take a 3 week class that was usually a semester. Well, I’m now taking 6 courses and a lab (22 credits total) in a quarter (10 weeks). It’s crazy! On average, school starts at 8 am and ends around 5 pm 5 days per week. I have an hour for lunch but 2 days of the week I have Biochem study sessions during my lunch hour. I have gross anatomy 4 days per week and lab 3 days per week though the 3rd day is optional. On days that end at 5 pm, I usually go home and eat dinner then study for 4 hours. On days that end at 3 pm, I study for 2 – 3 hours in the library, then head home. Working out & eating dinner is my break, then I study for about 4 hours. So basically, all I’ve been doing for the last 2 weeks has been sleeping, eating, and studying. And working out sporadically.

I just had my first 2 gross anatomy tests yesterday. All I’m going to say is that now I know how to study for them to improve my scores next time.

I’ve never studied this much in my life. It’s insane.

Anyway, back to studying.

Any questions on PA school (if you are a prospective student) write below. I’m only 2 weeks in, so I may not be able to answer every question, but I can do my best.

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Vegan Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

So, it’s 8:30 pm and I’m in bed already. Granted, I may spend the next few hours in bed watching House Hunters International. I tried prolonging the time before I got into bed by making cookies. And they are delicious. I am currently eating 2 in bed. But, they are healthy so it’s ok!

I got the recipe from Blogilates (http://www.blogilates.com/fashion-2/vegan-oatmeal-craisin-cookies-the-quickest-easiest-way-to-steam-veggies-ever). I tweaked it a little, per usual. I love baking, but I rarely stick to the original recipe. Sometimes I don’t use measuring cups & spoons (and yes, it still comes out great) and sometimes I make my own additions.

My Recipe:

1 & 1/2 cup old fashioned oats

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp splenda

1/4 cup reduced sugar craisins

1 banana, mashed

1 splash almond milk

I mixed all the ingredients with my hands, and baked them for 15 minutes at 350F.

According to Cassie’s recipe, each cookie is about 27 calories. However, I doubled her recipe more or less and added a banana. Therefore, according to http://www.sparkpeople.com each cookie is about 70 calories each. They are great little after dinner cookies or tea time cookies. I put 2 on top of my frozen vanilla greek yogurt and it makes a fantastic dessert less than 200 calories!

Living on my own is great! I can make things whenever I want without prying eyes!

I left 10 for my 2 roommates. Hopefully they like them.