21.7.14

A Pat On The Back

Today I'd like to remind you all to look back on your life and reminisce on how far you've come. Sometimes it's overwhelming to just see the long journey that still remains, but your trail of successes proves that you will reach your dreams one baby step at a time. And while you're at it, say a big thank you to the wonderful people who have supported you along the way. Your life journey is sometimes their life journey too!

June 2014 - right after my Transition Ceremony welcoming us new MS3's to the wards. Huzzah!

10.7.14

I'm Alive!

      It has been a whirlwind past few weeks after my big exam. We had a week of prep for the wards, and then we were flung out to different hospitals for our first day of rotations. It was DEFINITELY different from being in a classroom and taking it easy. I've had to wake up at 4am almost every morning to get to the hospital for my early shift. These OB/GYN doctors are superstars. All hail! (Wait a few weeks and I'll tell you all about my first overnight call. Not looking forward to that since I start getting nauseated by like 8am.)
         Mix all this craziness with moving down to the core of Chicago, navigating the eccentric drivers that seem to be cruising the streets, and having my first encounter with city rats (WHY YOU SO BIIG??!), you got a whole lot of "GAHHHHH!!" heard on my end. But it has been fun and so different.  How are all the new M3's doing? Drop me an e-mail or shoot me a tweet! We can freak out together!

       How's everyone else doing? Any fun plans for the summer? I'm going to have no life as usual, so I'll live vicariously through you. I haven't been back home in over half a year and it's ridiculous. I miss Toronto and everyone there so much!

Here are a few random pictures I was able to catch on my phone during all this brouhaha!
 
Last week in my beloved apartment. 
First 4th of July in the USA! (I'm usually back home in Toronto for the summer, but I started rotations this year so I was in good ol' America!)

Weekend breakfast shenanigans at the Boy's house

Practicing my knot tying technique for surgery.

On my walk to a new hospital for didactic day
 
Finding a super cheap resto with massive outdoor patio near the new apartment. Lots of beer on tap.
Debating whether or not to buy plants (it was a NO!) 

Cheers,
Chantelle


4.6.14

Study Mode

I'm still alive, and in lockdown for my Step 1 exam. I never thought I'd actually be miserable whilst studying (I kinda love it!), but what the senior medical students have said is true...this is brutal. Just all around brutal.
See you on the flip-side

- C

25.4.14

Inspo: Outfits for Clinics & The Office

Hey lovelies!

     I've been collecting a few images as inspiration for the next couple years (re: life) I have to spend wearing 'professional' clothes. This July I start rotating in hospitals (right after writing the big exam), and I realized I have very few items to wear. Seriously... I'm more of a fashion + casual kinda gal, not a dressy shoes + blazers woman. No choice, now. No choice.
    Annnd, I don't know about you guys, but I'm picky as sh*t when it comes to clothes. I refuse to look boring, but now I also need to walk the fine line of appropriate and too distracting. [Side note: Can you believe this? The only things I have worry about are grades & clothes. I live a good life!]
        

Source: pinterest

So tell me, what are your classy go-to pieces?

Cheers,
Chantelle 

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