As I end my second year of pharmacy school, I thought I would reflect on this past academic year. We are forced to do many reflections in pharmacy school and usually when I hear the word, I moan and roll my eyes. However, they are extremely useful and important to monitor growth and gain appreciation for what has been endured.
In honor of National Puppy Day, I am happy to introduce you all to Boone! After my dad lost Ceaser last fall, he knew he wanted to get another dog. Through word of mouth he found Sauk River Kennels, a breeder who specializes in hunting dogs. A litter was expected at the beginning of January 2017 so it was a perfect fit. Boone, his brothers, and sisters were born on January 10th and he came home in early March. I recently was able to go home over spring break and meet the little fellow!
Many of you may not know that February 26th - March 4th, this week, is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. I wanted to take some time to share what this week is about and how you can get involved!
"The goal of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is to shine light on eating disorders [of all kinds] and put life-saving resources into the hands of those in need." - NEDAwareness
Long time no see! Or rather long time no blog? Whichever, I had a very relaxing winter break and I hope you did as well! I'll do my best to catch you up in this one post on everything that's been going on. First, there is nothing better than the last day of finals. What a relief! The thing I hate about college is with all the stress and anticipation over finals, there is no enjoyment of the days leading up to the holidays. You know the struggle is real when you have to put up a video of a comfy living room while you study...
"Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We are traveling by train. Out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at the crossings, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hillsides, of city skylines and village halls.
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! We had five, yes FIVE, glorious days off from school so I was able to go home and spend time with family. Before I left for home, we had a friends-giving which was super fun. Justin and I brought creamed corn, stuffing, and mini pumpkin pies but there was also pigs in a blanket, stuffed shells, scalloped potatoes, coffee cake, chicken wings, cookies, and mimosas! Not your traditional Thanksgiving, but for college students I was impressed! We had lots of laughs playing cards against humanity before calling it quits and headed back. A big thanks to Anais for hosting!
As many of you know, my dad lost Ceaser in a hunting accident 2 weeks ago. My brother and my dad went to a game farm and during a retrieve, he was hit by a car and killed. Getting that news was so difficult. I can close my eyes and still feel him pushing his nose in my face to lick me. I can feel his fur in-between my fingers and hear him run to the door to greet me. He was a one-of-a-kind dog with great instinct and the most loving spirit. He was so smart and an incredible hunter. I know he died doing what he loved the most.
Well as you can probably guess, October was VERY busy for me. I haven't gotten around to blogging and I am going to try and be better about it from here on out!
School was the main culprit. I was cruising along feeling like I was, for the most part, on top of my shit. But then October hit and all of a sudden if felt like I had three exams, a problem set, two quizzes and four meetings to do or go to EVERY SINGLE DAY. Whoever said grad school would be a good idea was a freaking lunatic.
My favorite time of year is fall. Lately, it has been picturesque with the trees turning colors, warm sunny days, and cool nights. Tomorrow the high is 48 degrees! I celebrated making it through my hellish week of school by going on a walk today and these pictures don't do it justice. It was so beautiful!
The power of the human body is truly amazing. As I listen to my professors talk about the body on a molecular level, it's hard to imagine that all those reactions are happening inside me. As a health professional I have been taught nearly everything about the body from how it gains energy from food, to how it uses that energy to move muscles, to how the brain sends signals to the organs, and to how the heart keeps all of it going. But sometimes I get caught up in all of that and forget how truly amazing it is that I can walk, talk, see, breathe, hear and smell.
HEY IT'S ME TARA!
Thanks so much for coming to check my blog out! I am a college student who is taking a crack at this blogging thing for the first time. I hope to inspire you with my hectic life through pictures and words.