Sunday, November 26, 2006

Going Missing

Well, as some of you may or may not know, things are slowly but surely grinding to a stop as we head into that week of nonstop stress and studying simply known as "finals week" (way too euphemistic a term if you ask me). As such, my posts will be few and far between (well, more so than usually), but I will do my best to update as often as time allows (and as long as my sanity holds out) and let you know how I'm faring (don't expect too many positive posts in that regard).

Into the breach!

Dental Students in All Their Glory!

Seeing as how I haven't yet posted any (incriminating) pictures of myself or of my fellow classmates, I thought it'd be fun to dredge through our Facebook group photo album and come up with some particularly tasty action shots. Here are but two which I now provide for your enjoyment (or lack thereof):

More to come very soon...

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Post-Thanksgiving Doldrums

Ah, is there any better way to relax following an eventful (and plentiful) Thanksgiving break than by getting a head start on studying dermopathology, i.e. the diseases of the skin (note the heavy sarcasm here)?

Yes, sadly enough, I've already been forced to plunge back in to my studies (albeit very unwillingly) as finals are slowly, yet surely creeping up. I'm hoping to spend the better part of tomorrow just kicking back, but something tells me I might have to begin studying my tooth morphology and oral radiology instead...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

It's OVER... For Now

Whew... I honestly thought this day would never come. After enduring week after week of what now seems like an endless stream of midterms, I'm glad to say that I can finally rest easy (that is until I get my next exam results) and get a good night's sleep. And, after sitting through half a day of lecture in the preclinical lab (where I'm hoping we'll finally get our loupes), I'll be free to enjoy the Thanksgiving break and indulge in some good food and family time.

Even as I'm saying that, however, I'm thinking ahead a few weeks, specifically to the first and second weeks of December, when my classmates and I will be knee-deep in finals and no doubt worn out and dazed by the time Friday, December 15 rolls around, marking the conclusion of our first quarter as dental students.

Good times...

Monday, November 20, 2006

Seven Down, One More to Go...

Well after several long weeks of back-breaking studying, the end is finally approaching... for midterms, that is (finals are still far away at this point though I really can't afford to put them off for too long). I'll be a free man after 5 PM today, after which I plan on relaxing a good bit and hopefully catching dinner with some of my classmates.

It's been a grueling quarter so far and let's say I'm quite happy that Thanksgiving break is almost upon us. Nothing like roasted turkey and pumpkin pie to soothe the mind and body...

Saturday, November 18, 2006

How Not to Be a Dentist

I have a confession to make. In a previous life, I used to be one of those hardcore (I think the P.C. term is "avid") gamers who spent WAY too many hours exploring every nook and cranny of these digital playgrounds instead of devoting my time to more worthwhile causes. Nowadays, I spent maybe one hour every WEEK playing one game or another but am usually way too busy either studying, reading or, if I have any free time, hanging out with my dental school classmates.

However, I do still enjoy reading about the world of videogames, particularly right now with the recent release of the Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii, and am avid follower of several webcomics that chronicle the lives of dedicated gamers. One of my favorites in this category has got to be Penny Arcade, which posted this doozy of a strip a few weeks ago on why NOT to be a dentist (at least in my mind):

Let me just say that if you're considering becoming a dentist for this or a similar reason, you should really consider a different career... that or just make sure you use the "proper" instruments.

We Have Lift-Off!

Welcome to this little experiment in blogging that I like to call my "life". Yes, while I've already spent a considerable amount of time in a previous life writing a blog dealing with politics and music, two things I hold dear to my heart, I've never dedicated one wholly to my daily existence, let alone my life as a student.

Yet here I am now writing my first post (in what I hope will be one of many) about my life as a dental student at UCSF, that little known university located in beautiful San Francisco that you may or may not have heard about. And, being a first-year dental student in my first quarter, I really haven't had much semblance of a "real" life outside of class, to my great chagrin.

Don't get me wrong: while I've spent WAY too much time studying slides and pictures for histology, learning about the intricacies of the human body for anatomy (who knew I could possibly memorize the names of so many nerves, veins and arteries?) and struggling with my tooth waxing, I've definitely had the time to enjoy myself and take advantage of the rich opportunities San Francisco has to offer.

Let's just say that if you intend on continuing to read this blog on a regular basis (a big "if" I know), you'll have to deal with my periodic whining about the different facets of my dental education (most likely the insane amount of coursework I have every week). But don't worry: I'll also be sure to bring up all the positive aspects (there are some, I swear!) and provide some background on what the life of a dental student is like outside of class.

Whew, well I think that's good enough for the first post. Now, if you don't mind, I'm off to do a little studying for the last of my many midterms I'll be taking next week.