Buck Up, Buttercup.

March 26, 2016

It's been a while since my last post... because, well, neuro. med school. life. all the excuses.

I've been busy, but chances are you have been too. I'm in the middle of one of the craziest, busiest classes of my first year of medical school... neurology. The content is difficult, the material is thrown at you quickly, and there is no shortage of pessimism floating around the school.

I'm working hard to stay committed to my word of the year... INTENTION.
I'm trying to be intentional about getting enough sleep, eating well, taking study breaks, and mentally checking in with myself (and others).
It's not all smooth sailing.
It takes a lot of work, and well, intention.

But here's the deal.
It's worth it to stop and remember that at the end of the day... my frustration and anxiety revolve around exams, multiple choice questions and competencies.
A year ago, I was so incredibly excited to start this adventure. And now that I'm living it, I'll be the first to admit that I'm complaining about it.

Life is so sweet, and yet, it's still easier to complain. On multiple occasions, I've found myself saying, "Buck up, buttercup." Because... I mean, come on.

Since I will inevitably be spending my Easter Sunday staring at cross sections of brains (to prepare for my upcoming neuro exams on Monday), I'm going to intentionally stop and reflect on all the good. My family. Their health. My friends. This education. This path. The chance to chase after my dreams... regardless of how many grey hairs it may cause me to find (which is a discussion for another day.)

Happy (early) Easter to all my loved ones. No matter what you have on your plate right now, I hope you'll stop to take a minute to remember all that is truly important in life.

I'm pretty sure all the important stuff cannot be found on a page in a textbook.


  1. Hallo, Tate!
    Nice to meet you :)

    I accidentally found this blogpost. Well, I'm a 3rd year med student from Indonesia :)

    1. Hello! I'm happy you found my blog. I hope medical school is going well for you as well! thanks for following along :)

  2. You're doing great, Tate! So glad to hear you're taking time for yourself, even amidst all the craziness of neuro. Keep being Tate


    1. Oh, I adore you, A. Thanks for all the continuous love and support!

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