Saturday, October 18, 2008

No more Anatomy :(

We were given 3 hours for the anatomy final (130 mult choice questions) but I decided I had done my best and turned my test in about an hour early. Having Honors/Pass/Fail is a decent system, since you know that you will be in some great company if you Pass, and Honors (top 25 kids/150 kids in the class) sometimes just isn't worth beating yourself up over. I'll really miss anatomy- my lab group was the best, our teacher was so great and encouraging.

I destressed by working out at the student gym, walked over to the public Carnegie library and read for a bit. Then Amy hosted a wonderful post-test wine and cheese party- it was so nice to see everyone without the stress load we've had for the past few weeks!
Destressing :)

That night we celebrated some long awaited birthdays (everything gets put off til after the big test), everyone was so merry!

Oh yeah.. and continuing on the weird artsy stuff we do here: this weekend we saw an opera about aliens in the middle of a park. It was rock music with psychedelic singing, and at some point we all chanted "tilt the dish" at the sky. It was called SQUONK OPERA ASTRO-RAMA, and if I may so say, that's one of the best names for a performance I've ever heard. It's part of Pittsburgh's Festival of lights and at the end they lit up the Cathedral of Learning (it'll stay lit every night into November with different designs!)
nicely lit cathedral of learning

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gearing up for the Anatomy Final

Let's describe the weekend before our Monday Anatomy Final (cumulative 7 weeks).
We studied like crazy.. and then studied like insane people.. and then studied like we were zombies... it was a bit brutal. Our syllabus was 400 pages long or so, I knew every page (almost like the back of my hand)- and everyone else knew the material just as well too! I guess it's like memorizing Harry Potter #4...but I'd do that for fun anyways, haha.

We carefully planned to review for the final as the big day approached, so my friends and I could still attend some events we've been looking forward to for awhile. Pittsburgh always has a lot of cool artsy performances (at great student prices) and they dont' always fall on convenient days. But hey, we're flexible and the Friday before the written test (we just had our last anatomy practical on legs and arms (quite tough, since they flipped the limbs into confusing orientations)), Mirat and I took a break to watch a really neat ballet.

Here's the premise to the ballet: It's called Radio and Juliet and it's the epic love story done BACKWARDS to the music of RADIOHEAD. I had no idea what to expect but Mirat (who always encourages me to do interesting artsy things) and I bravely ventured downtown (yay, free bus transportation for Pitt students). I was completely enthralled and amazed by the performance which was at times really weird, but so incredibly beautiful nonetheless. It's the best dance performance I've seen in my life and I left it all giddy and happy. And now I'm kinda a radio head fan!
Watch my favorite scene of the ballet HERE.
This part was super cool, too, they all wear surgeon's masks but it's meant to be the Masquerade scene in romeo and juliet- the ending is the best, the guys were such amazing dancers :). WATCH!

Radio and Juliet :)

The next day we camped out at Keva Han and did some intense studying. But just across the street was student night at the local Carnegie Art Museum, so we took a break at 6pm to eat free catered food and enjoyed the art- the exhibition was called "Life on Mars". I didn't really get it... but sometimes art is lost on me...
Carnegie Museum, really pretty place!
Neato exhibit with ribbons that had people's wishes on them. You can take one, tie it aorund your wrist, and when it falls off the wish comes true. You can also leave your wishes and they may make them into ribbons for a later exhibit. I took the wish "Je voudrais retrouver l'amour".

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Happy 250th Bday Pittsburgh!

Weekend of 10/3/2008 and maybe a combination of a few weekends before it... (losing track)

It was a pretty rough week of Anatomy- we've started concentrating on the extremities which have a ridiculous amount of muscles ( you need to know exactly which muscles contribute to what movement, much more complicated than I ever thought) and dissection goes pretty slow since the muscles, nerves, and arteries are a bit more foreign to us and difficult to find.

But we decided to celebrate our hardwork by enjoying a much deserved weekend:
We revived our Harris Grill Happy hour tradition and had our delicious favorite Frozen Cosmos- only $3!

Our favorite hang out place in Shadyside, we love sitting on Harris' patio!
Frozen Cosmo to the left and some classic perogies!

Since it was the first friday of the month we also enjoyed our tour of the local galleries along Ellsworth St., a tradition since we love visiting our friend's boyfriend's gallery where he works and displays his art. These First Fridays are really fun, with people just mingling in galleries and enjoying wine and yummy appetizers. I particularly loved the glass gallery- they had a whole showing of artistic/wild/creative glass teapots. Anything you imagine a teapot could possibly be.. they had it!

We then made our way over to a classmate's apartment for a preparty (best thing about Shadyside is that a lot of medschool students live here!) and then we all went as a big group down to the Southside where we danced the night away at our favorite club...Diesel :). Diesel is really non sketchy and plays great music!

We hunkered down for some studying at a groovy cafe we love on Craig St. It's called Keva Han and we can wittle away 8-12 hours there with hardcore studying!
Keva's that groovy... we're studying muscles

Some time in the midst of studying, we decided to take a study break to the IHOP 10 miles away... (we get odd cravings sometimes due to extreme use of brain power, hehe), and so a group of us drove and I nearly died of happiness eating my blueberry/sweet cream cheese crepe with hash browns and scrambled eggs. I still dream of this sometimes.

We rushed back to Pittsburgh just in time to witness it's 250th Birthday fireworks! Fireworks were launched from 17 locations on Pitt's 3 rivers. They were hard to see since we didnt' stake out a spot on the bridge, but nevertheless the atmosphere was very merry as we sat atop the hill in Schenley park with hundreds of other watchers.

Wished we had this view, but it's spectacular non the less-! WATCH a video HERE

READ about the special event HERE

Who says med students can't have fun? Fun and productive weekend all around!