It really is too bad we can’t predict the future, or even glimpse at all possibilities so that we could make the best informed decisions. Well, this is where we rely on our mentors, advisors and my dear old friend the Internet.
So, the moment we’ve all been waiting for … (more like just me) *drum roll*
I was walking through the SES Parking Lot towards MRH and thought this was a nice scene.
I will be retaking the MCAT! A little sad about it, but I’m also excited to re-prepare because I know I can do a lot better. I was nowhere near where I thought I was going to be based on my practice exams.
As for where did I go wrong, I am still trying to figure that out. Something tells me I require a lot more analysis of my test-taking habits because sometimes I get lazy during practice … (bad bad bad). Don’t ever be lazy for these type of things.
Another reason could be because I was studying AND doing a bazillion other things, but that never really stopped me TOO much .. .(sigh, maybe I will have to go on hiatus again). I need to evaluate my classes, my extracurricular workload and work for the fall if I’m going to succeed at getting a higher score.
A lot of people retake (although I’m always curious what they thought their reasons were for the first time around). Is there hope for me this cycle? I’m too embarrassed to even apply! I’m still thinking if I should withdraw my application or not, but a hunch tells me that I will.
I forgot what this is called in English but in Chinese it's like gan-cao-niu-he. My mom made it for the first time (normally my brother orders it from a restaurant) and it was pretty good! Although I have a feeling that I will become a vegetarian out of pure laziness. Meat is complicated to prepare (for me).
It’s great that I’m a senior now, but it also means this is my last year to make an impact at UIC and beyond (although I am thinking about the graduate programs here already).
I am currently in UIC Green Labs Committee, where people from different departments can share their ideas on how to make laboratories more sustainable. I’m hoping to be at the Involvement Fair (formerly called Fun Fair; not sure why they changed that) on the west side to get more graduate students and faculty to attend the meetings.
I am also currently working with other students and faculty to start an Undergraduate Research Journal for UIC. It would be a rigorously peer-reviewed journal that is open-access/free-for-public (because knowledge should be free or at least affordable!). I think it would be pretty dang awesome to have this kind of journal because there aren’t too many places for undergraduates involved in research to present their work or get published. The experience can benefit anyone! We are thinking of inviting graduate students and faculty to be reviewers for the papers as well as the undergraduate researchers. I’m super excited for how things will turn out!
Even though I want to be involved in these two new projects, I have already committed myself to being President of SFP and very available for my members. I absolutely do NOT like biting more than I can chew (because I’ll look like a bunny and because that’s not good for ANYONE). So, we’ll have to play by ear, but at the same time an opportunity like this does not come by so often … gah, the decisions!
I’m also going to be in charge of a subdivision of the Health Activism Committee that we are implementing this year called the Social Outreach Program. Basically, we want to help healthy, uninsured community college students enroll in CountyCare (Obamacare). Having health insurance is so important (I can’t get ENOUGH of CampusCare! UIC’s insurance is the best!) and I really don’t know how I would do without getting my allergy shots every other week and seeing physicians about my sudden eczema attacks or pains in certain areas. School would be impossible to manage, and that added stress does not help.
So, anyway, my thoughts are kind of everywhere right now. School is going to start soon and I don’t even know if I can handle the coursework now that I am going to have to include study time for my precious MCAT (hah …). I hope I can make time to tutor at the Writing Center because I want to be available for some of the writers who see me regularly. So much to do and think about. I still haven’t written my Fulbright essays, heh heh.