Since starting school at Columbia and both living and working above 100th St in Manhattan, I’ve left my neighborhood very infrequently in the last two years. It’s residential and diverse and generally unexciting, but it has character and I’ve really come to love the local restaurants and shops.
This morning I ventured down to SoHo for lunch with an old friend at Jack’s Wife Freda, which is about a block away from the office I worked in as a Production Manager. Old neighborhood, old film career, old life.
I’ve lived in NYC for over 10 years, but I think I’ve forgotten how big this place is and how many different neighborhoods there are. Life is so different down in SoHo.. there are tons of new shops and restaurants, people are wearing fancy clothes, everyone looks VERY IMPORTANT. John Legend was sitting next to me at brunch.
I don’t really have anything profound to say about all this, except that it made me both miss AND not miss my old life. It’s been different and wonderful working in healthcare as opposed to the film business. I’m never stressed about whether my outfit is “cool” enough to wear to work, I don’t have to keep up on watching and listening to EVERY SINGLE THING and have an opinion on all things, and I’m not pressured into spending $15 on a salad at lunch.
Life is simpler now (in some ways), but I there are definitely aspects of my “old life” that I miss.
And on that note, I’d like to get into medical school, please.
Today I received my first medical school interview invite and felt the slightest bit of (much needed) relief. I can’t express how grateful and excited I am for an opportunity to interview in a warm, desert-y, lizard-y, ourdoors-y state that I love.
It’s been radio silence on my blog, mostly due to extreme anxiety of waiting to hear back from schools, but I’ve been here lurking! Hopefully more good news is soon to come.
Despite food company pledges to advertise only healthier foods to children, a Yale Rudd Center study finds that companies place billions of ads for unhealthy foods and beverages on children’s websites.
The study is the first to evaluate banner and other display advertising on websites that are popular with children, such as Nick.com and CartoonNetwork.com. The study is published online in Pediatric Obesity and was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
I’ve been reading Michael Moss’s Sugar, Salt, Fat and even thought I generally follow news regarding food policy and nutrition news, the stories I’ve been reading about are horrific. I definitely applaud the Yale Rudd Center and Robert Wood Johnson for doing this important work! If you’re not familiar, Yale Rudd Center is full of information on food policy, nutrition, and the endless fight to protect children and families from false advertising and lies.
The last month has simultaneously been both the most stressful and the most relaxing 30 days in a long time.
I took the MCAT, submitted my primary medical school application (23 schools!), have begun working on my secondary application, took a long vacation, began working as a research assistant, and…. received my MCAT scores yesterday.
I’ve scored well enough that I don’t need to retake the test and for that I am incredibly happy. MCAT: check.
In more exciting news - I went on an incredible trip to Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the American Southwest. Tucson, you are magical. Boulder, you are a dream. Sedona, I can’t get enough of you. New Mexico.. you were a little depressing, but delicious food.
In especially exciting news, in Tucson I had a chance to meet Sarah (AlmostGreenMommy, although I will forever know her as smaller-n-smaller). Sarah was one of the first blogs I followed on Tumblr and we’ve been following each other for a few years now. It was so awesome to meet her and her hilarious husband Pete in person!
This lovely lady is having a baby in the next month, yet she braved the Tucson heat to meet up. Sarah, so glad we got to meet!
I’ll post some vacation photos and spam your dashboards momentarily. Here’s to updating this blog more often now that I’m a semi-person for again.
My MCAT exam (for medical school admissions) is in seven days. Over the last year and a half I have survived a postbac premed program on the accelerated track, been dumped suddenly via email by the person I thought I might be with forever, and worked my butt off on exams and papers, only to be beaten down by the steep Ivy League curve..
It’s been a crazy several months, but I can say, without a single doubt, that studying for the MCAT is the most miserable thing I’ve ever done in my life. I don’t wish it upon any of my worst enemies. Taking standardized tests has always been a struggle for me (hi SAT and GRE, hate you guys), but the MCAT means SO MUCH for getting into medical school and the pressure is on.
For those who have taken the MCAT and survived, I applaud you and will now think of you as the highest of heroes and overcomers of adversity.
And now I will crawl back into my sad, sad hole and try to continuously remind myself that this is just the means to a very good end.
Dr. Benjamin Gilmer (left) gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he’s replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer (picture) — who went to prison after killing his own father. But the more Benjamin’s patients talk about the other Dr. Gilmer, the more confused he becomes. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer.
I tend to obsess over This American Life, but this week’s episode may have been my favorite in the show’s history. I actually gasped when the ending was revealed. This episode speaks volumes about what we know, and especially what we don’t know, about the brain and mental health. Have a listen!
Big news in research for ALS. I attended a clinical trials seminar at the Neurology Conference I attended this month, and 3 of the 5 updates were regarding ALS and treatment. All of the drugs and therapies tested were concluded to be ineffective, a outcome that is apparently common in research for this disease. Nice to see some promising results!
Johns Hopkins scientists say they have evidence from animal studies that a type of central nervous system cell other than motor neurons plays a fundamental role in the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal degenerative disease. The discovery holds promise, they say, for…