Dear Medical Student: Med School Is Not Worth Your Self-Harm


A while ago this secret appeared on PostSecret:

“Medical School made me self harm. It better be worth it.”

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I Lived in a Shipping Container

This is a scheduled post as I am currently camping and soaking up the sun! 😀

I am packing my room up. All of the detritus of six years of university (and one accumulates a lot of STUFF) must go into boxes to be transported 1,000km away, to my old-new life.

For the past three years, I have lived in a modified shipping container. I wanted to post about it before, but I was worried about privacy and the big bad internet, so you know, I had to wait.

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When College Kinda Sucks

Before I left high school, I compiled a book with letters and notes from friends and teachers. I still own this book, and it has served its job in reminiscing and inspiration many times. But one thing that still guts me a little is that so many messages from teachers proclaim, “You are going to LOVE university!” and well… it just wasn’t as awesome as they promised it would be.

Of course, I don’t BLAME them. How were they to know?

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Book Review: Roomies

One of the good things about attending university away from home is the opportunity to live with a roommate. For some, who have never needed to share a space with anyone, it is a valuable learning experience, but even for people who grew up with siblings (like me) having a roommate for at least the first year of university goes a long way to assuage the homesickness and nervousness.

I have had four roommates on three occasions (roomed with two during Semester at Sea). Happily I have no horror stories, but in all cases we only met on the very first day of rooming together – in other words, we were not given each other’s details ahead of time, as happened with the protagonists in Roomies. Continue reading “Book Review: Roomies”

College, Dorms and Culture

It’s that time of the year… I refer to it as the month our campus has its period. Elections and competitions abound, while exams are around the corner (Southern hemisphere, remember).

My favourite part of this month – perhaps my favourite of the entire year – is “Sêr”. Sêr comes from “serenade”, and is basically a singing competition. Residences compete for ultimate glory. I am not a culture-vulture, and I know precariously little of song and dance. But Sêr makes me so, so happy. (If you still don’t get it: it’s like Glee, only without all the lights and electronic music. Instruments are limited to those an artist can carry onto the stage).

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Pets in Dorms?

It’s tough leaving home, especially when home and college are far from each other. Despite the prolonged desire for independence, family life is one of the things (along with home-cooked meals) that are missed from an early point. In my case, I seek things that will evoke a semblance of home-life. And one of these is pets. I love pets. I love the company they provide.

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Barefoot’s Tips for Prospective Freshmen

Since it’s Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve been reading a lot of kids’ posts about college. It’s an exciting time, but obviously with some trepidation. I remember how nervous I was.

So because I am procrastinating studying have nothing better to do, I’ll be sharing some tips for dorm life – or as we say in South Africa, Res Life – from time to time. I’m by no means an elegant college student, but I have survived almost four years of university so far, and here I am.

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