1/8 of the way there!
hard to believe that in less than 2 weeks, i will be 1/8 of the way to getting my MD. pretty exciting, huh?
now the question is...can i cram more information presented to me than ever before (even more so that ALL the information from 4 years of undergrad) into my little head. impossible? or undeniable?
this post is for you know who?
why it's for mr. wu!
...it's like drinking from a firehose.
what is? medical school is. it's....
intense. so intense i can't even write an interesting blog because my head is clouded with anatomy right now.
good things happen when you least expect them to. :)
"Ya Ali" by Zubeen from Gangster
great song...listen to it.
on the other side of the fence...
four-eyed monisha roams the street.......that's right, i now wear GLASSES. never thought that'd happen...but man, it did. is this the sign of old age? i'm not even 21 yet! but you know what, coming from a school where people spend more time in front of a computer than sleeping, i had it coming.
the circuitous route...
so i remember a few days before i started college, i began this online blog. i wanted a unique and "cheesy" name for my site, so i thought up of three parts to it. "sitedumvm," did you ever wonder (those who actually read my blog) how it came to be? well, the first four letters should be easy...this IS a website, so hey, i thought i'd include the word "site" in the name. i was also obsessed with the french film "amelie" at the time, and so that is how i got "du" into the name of this blog. "du" in french can translate to our english word, "of." so now we have "site of." and whose site is this anyway? mine! so that is where "mvm" comes into the website name. monisha v. mandalaywala, mvm. no, it's not sit-DUM-vm, which i have heard many people try to refer to it is. i guess that is my luck for trying to think of something unique (haha).
now a few days after having finished my time up at Carnegie Mellon, i am posting. that just makes me think how much of life is like a circle. in many instances we seem to end up right back where we started. we also expect many things out of our experiences, but at the same time, we are rewarded (depending on how you view the glass) with things we did not expect.
the same goes for my life...before i started cmu, i was pretty much aware of what i wanted out of a college experience. and i got many of the things i'd hope for: great friends, memorable experiences, an invaluable education, and an acceptance letter from an accredited medical insitutition (just to name a few).
but i also got more than i could even imagine: life long leadership skills, scientific publications, more "techy" and computer-based skills than i could ask for (thanks CMU), and most of all, a sense of independence that is priceless.
so perhaps this is what is in store for me in the future...everything i am expecting: knowledge of medicine and the human body, the ability to write prescriptions, the chance to help carry out a delivery or surgery, an awe-inspiring ability to communicate with patients...but perhaps there is more that i cannot imagine at this moment? i guess i'll have to complete the circle once more to see...or you can just come read this blog in 4 years when i'll sign off as not just monisha, but dr. monisha...MD. :D i guess i'll have to change the name of this site to "sitedumvmMD." heh.
omg omg omg, in a little over 24 hours, i'll be done with my last exam and my entire college career!
cheers to graduation on sunday (countdown at 7 days)!
blast from the past..
so i ran across this link from my friend's website that has a video clip of the dance i was in last semester. enjoy!
reflections on the past, present, and future...
wow, it has been forever since i've blogged in. haha, this tends to happen as we hit weeks 11, 12, and 13 at CMU, where people think we either fall off of the earth because we don't go on AIM every night or don't update our facebook profiles every other day.
so new stuff: well, today is marks 42 days until the big day! (you can't tell that im eager, can you?) though it seems soo close, i can't forget everything i must complete before i leave:
1.) 12 page drugs final paper
2.) 12 page spanish final paper
3.) inorganic final
4.) stats final and midterm 2
5.) meeting of the minds poster/talk preparation
6.) giving meeting of the minds talk
7.) perhaps 10 more AGET polymerizations to expand the library and get more kinetic data
8.) am i boring you yet?
ok, i'll stop, enough with the academic responsibilities...here are some things i am looking forward to!
1.) las vegas
2.) NYC/medical school visit
3.) DS (y'll better be there, i'm in both acts, twice! 2x2 = 4 awesome dances)
4.) graduation, department ceremonies, free food
5.) seeing family for graduation
so there you go..my CMU days are dwindling down so quickly that i can now make a list of everything left to do (and enjoy). it's sad that this chapter of my life is now coming to an end, that i'm no longer an undergraduate, and that sadly enough, i will be saying so many goodbyes in the next month to come. but the bright side of it is that i'll get to start the final phase of my academic training, while also welcoming in a new phase of my life as a doctor.
gate A25, pittsburgh int'l airport..
yay! im going home :)
DS checkpoint results!
So I had three checkpoints tonight. All of them went pretty well I think. Everyone has worked really hard and from the looks of these dances, you couldn't guess otherwise.
What I am absolutely thrilled about is how well my dance checkpoint went! We were all together and simply..impressive. :) And hey, dancing Michael Jackson style ain't a simple task. I am so proud of how far my dancers have come. Already at 1:32, they looked absolutely astonishing. With 1:54 left, I think we are going to blow the audience away with this.
Get ready to be struck by 8 smooth criminals. :)
world points galore!
whoa i am maxing out my air miles this semester!travel plans...
spring break - home!
carnival - las vegas for concerts and fun.
one week after carnival - nyc for friends and medical school visit.
this week has been mad crazy..
the big stuff...in no particular order
1.) review session for organic students
2.) inorganic midterm
3.) prob/stats midterm
1.) drug use and policy rxn paper
2.) garcía lorca analysis paper
3.) garcía lorca presentation
other stuff on my plate...
1.) ds checkpoint x 4
2.) more choreography
3.) further work on pNIPAAM project
4.) acapella concert rehearsals, finding a dress
5.) picking new mortar board members for 2006-2007
atleast spring break is in the clearing :) countdown = 9 days!
whoa, now there is a dashboard widget for blogger
posts! another reason to love OS X.
HOME FROM JP!
so i am back from japan...a bit jet lagged, but still wanted to post some memories of the trip. here is a photo journal of my trip...
here are the cities i visited while in japan (29th dec 2005 - 10th jan 2006)
shin sai bashi-suji gate opening, OSAKA
me in the midst of human traffic, OSAKA
inner city view from famous dotonbori bridge, OSAKA
me feeding deer at deer park, NARA
jay with the deer, NARA
gate to todai-ji buddhist temple (and me, haha), NARA
todai-ji buddhist temple, NARA
BIG buddha inside the temple (15m high, weighing 500 metric tons), NARA
view of smaller buildings and temples, NARA
kinkakuji golden temple, KYOTO
gate to heian temple, KYOTO
heian temple courtyard, KYOTO
me next to buddha, KYOTO
jay in the snow, KYOTO
outside of kyomizu, KYOTO
pretty japanese scenery, KYOTO
jay and i enjoying some green tea in a small pastry shop, KYOTO
snap shot of world's largest suspension bridge, KOBE
me against bridge background, KOBE
jay against bridge background, KOBE
jay cool, KOBE
ruins of atomic bomb dome at ground zero, HIROSHIMA
children's peace monument with crane, HIROSHIMA
paper cranes sent from all over the world, HIROSHIMA
golden crane, HIROSHIMA
view of peace park, HIROSHIMA
and of course hello! kitty while in SOGO department store, HIROSHIMA
yakuza jay while driving :), KOBE
us on new year's eve at izakaya, KOBE