Thursday, May 22, 2008

T minus 5...4...3...2...1...MCAT

AAAA! It's one day away! I've been doing practice tests and studying for hours on end to recall everything I've learned and put it at the tip of my brain, and now it's time to just take it easy before the test.

Take it easy?!?

By the way, yesterday I toured the TCOM campus (Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine) here in Fort Worth at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and really, really enjoyed the tour and one-on-one conversation with the Director of Admissions. Yeah, friends in high places, hehe. We're buds now. After touring and talking, my dad (who graduated from there and accompanied me) and I went to see one of his good friends who's also on the Admissions Board. He's agreed to let me shadow him for about a week or so (maybe a bit more), which will put my shadowing hours above 40 hours. Not bad for a premed student, I think. One thing he said, and my dad, and the Director of Admissions: I've been banned from studying or reviewing anything about the MCAT today, the day before the test. I had to basically swear a solemn oath that I wouldn't do it.

This is where trust comes into play.

All day I've been fighting the urge to look up formulas, review body systems, and do a few problems about light and optics. I even woke up reciting a physics equation in my mind. (maybe that's not such a good thing...) My whole scientific self is imploring me to study more, to get as much in as possible, to review everything I know and keep it in the topsoil of my brain, but those who have traversed the evil which faces me now suggest the opposite.

So, despite my logical arguments and feelings of shooting myself in the foot, I'm going to take their advice. Actually, I'm doing it now, taking time to write in my blog, listening to a mix of Daughtry, Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, Sara Bareilles, and others. I'll be watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull this afternoon, probably start reading a good book, maybe cook something.

And I have to say - it's terribly relaxing. Maybe I'll make myself a smoothie, spray on some Off, sit in a beach chair by our green algae-infested pool, and just...listen. Listen to the wind in the trees, smell the green (plants and pool), hear the squirrels' near death encounters with octogenarian drivers, and let all my studying just sink in. Yeah, that sounds like a good idea. Well, that's where you may find me today.

Jealous? ;)

1 comment:

Hugh said...

How'd it go? Yonder test of doom?