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New goals and Whole30ing

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I have a new goal.

I want to look like a pinup girl from the 1950s.

Nevermind that pinup girls from the 1950s didn't look that way from exercising and building strength. We'll overlook my methods.

My other new goal is to pwn Organic II the same way I pwned Organic I. I got an A- in six weeks! My TA is really pushing the PhD program, saying that I really don't understand how hard it is to do what I did, that I'd be really awesome at synthesis, and that if I get my minor in chemistry and make nice with my current professors and my biochem professor who works in the same lab, I could convince them to give me an undergrad position and then I'd probably score a spot in the PhD program no problem.

I feel like he exaggerated the ease of getting into the PhD program, but I also think he's being honest as only someone working in that lab can be.

Only problem with going into a PhD program in chemistry is that... I've kinda been working my butt off to get into medical school. Do I love organic chemistry? Yes. Will I love biochemistry? Since it's basically the next step and it's being taught by a funny little Jewish man, yeah, I will probably love it too. Biomolecules? Sounds great. I'm quite surprised that I'm having more fun with chemistry than with genetics, which I thought would be my forte. Its just that autoimmunity, metabolic syndromes, and inflammatory disease are becoming my pet interests, more so even than biomechanics (which are what got me interested in becoming a physician in the first place.) I want to do research while I'm in medical school, so doing research during my last year will be a huge help to me, but... I really do want to be a physician. Medicine can only change if the people going into the field are willing to work to change it, and I can't do that if I'm staying above the fray doing chemical syntheses.

I'm also Whole30ing tomorrow. I'm basically Whole30ing today, too, but I have to clarify butter and whip up some olive oil mayonnaise today while I'm studying so I can be ready to rock tomorrow. Also, Mom and I are eating up the fried chicken tenders we get from Publix tonight, so not a Whole30-approved move. The other non-Whole30 move I'm making is taking a day off. The 13th is MICHERU's birthday, and if we go anywhere near a cheesecake you'd better believe I'm eating it. I'll be good all day long and I'm even stretching it out to the 31st to make up for the lost day, but if my best friend wants a birthday treat with her girls, I'm not going to disappoint. So there.

Speaking of, there are some delicious Whole30 recipes right here
that look amazingly tasty. I must make some of these things to nom on.

So off for the day... I have enough homework for three people. Stupid accelerated summer terms...
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    It's always wonderful to have choices! Sounds like you've got good options, no matter what you decide!
    2327 days ago
    I'm actually looking into DO school, not MD school. To me, their philosophy is more about health than disease. Unfortunately the school I'm most interested in doesn't have a DO/PhD program. They do have a research program, though, and after spending a little time hanging out in the lab with the aforementioned TA, I REALLY want to get into that program. Like you said... getting paid vs. taking out loans? Yes please!
    2327 days ago
    He didn't exaggerate it. It's not that hard to get into grad school for chemistry :)
    Something you might consider: do some undergrad research. Then look into MD/PhD programs. They take a while, but you get PAID to go instead of taking out a bunch of loans! And you're qualified, after it's over, to do clinical research, or lab research, or practice as a physician :)

    Glad you like organic. It's probably the class that kept me from switching out of a chem of the few classes I found most things totally intuitive in.
    2327 days ago
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