Saturday, July 2, 2016

Growing Up

Wow. It's been a while.

A friend recently reminded me that I have a blog, and that it wouldn't be a bad idea to update it. Crazy concept, I know. So here goes.

I recently finished up my third year of undergrad. I am still holding on - for dear life! haha - to my pursuit of medical school. It's been a rocky journey, but I have learned a thing or two about resilience in the last two years. Here's to hoping that life doesn't have more major lessons planned for me any time soon! Yeah, right.

This summer, I'm splitting time between Minneapolis and Cleveland!  I spent the first couple weeks of the summer at home. In the short time I was there, I had the chance to watch my sister go to prom, celebrate Memorial Day weekend with family, try a vegan doughnut, and reconnect with friends. It's always a nice feeling when you can go months (or a year!) without seeing or talking to someone and then pick up right where you left off. Sometimes I want to pat my high-school-self on the back for making good friends. Would that be lame? Probably.

While I was home, a friend and I celebrated National Doughnut Day at Glam Doll Donuts! If you're a Minneapolis native and haven't visited the bakery, I would highly recommend it - especially if you're vegan. The shop is outfitted in a fun, retro vibe complete with a photo booth and the variety of flavors won't disappoint. While we were enjoying our donuts, the line to order was pushing its way out the door.

Now, I'm back in Cleveland. I've been here for around a month and will be for another month or so. I'm starting to hammer down the whole fending-for-myself thing. My weekends consist of cooking lessons on the phone with my mom and I just updated my personal expenses spreadsheet on Excel. Is this what being an adult is like?

Other than growing up, I'm doing research for my capstone, and it's been a positive learning experience. Last week, I was having a conversation with someone about whether I'm more interested in the research side of medicine or the clinical side. Until recently, I would have easily said the clinical side because I really enjoy the doctor-patient interaction, but also because I hadn't had extensive research experience. However, after spending a month doing research on something I'm really passionate about and with the guidance of an invested mentor, it's dawning on me that I also really like research.

Luckily, research hasn't been the only thing Cleveland's good for. Watching the city come alive for the NBA championship and then celebrate the Cavs winning has been unlike anything I've ever seen before. I had never watched an NBA game before this year's championship series, and I found myself getting swept up in cheering the Cavs on. My friends and I watched each game religiously and I felt like my heart would break if Cleveland didn't win the championship. At present, the city is gearing up again. This time, for the Republican National Convention. This is my second time being in the same city as the RNC, but I haven't been this close to the action before. Case Western is renting out housing to the Riot Police and the various medical institutions that litter University Circle are preparing for the worst.

As I reflect on my summer so far, it's hard to ignore the turbulence that has been rocking the world around me. Lately, it seems like the news has nothing to offer other than tragedies, frustrating politics, and further evidence that we are slowly losing our humanity. However, it's also a time when I find myself counting my blessings and trying to be the best person I can be. I have to believe that if enough of us pour out compassion and embrace each other's differences rather than snub them, it might be enough to swallow the hate. Maybe that's all I can do right now.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sayonara Summer

It's strange to think that 1 year ago, I was beginning my college career. I can remember almost every detail of move-in, hugging my mother as she leaked a few tears, reassuring my sister that I was only a phone call or FaceTime away. It's strange to think that was 1 whole year ago.

It's Saturday today. I'm done with my first week of classes, and I have been living in Cleveland for 2 weeks now. I'm living in a house this year, with 23 other girls. It's an experience that's turning out to be a pleasant change from dorm living. I enjoy having a full kitchen at my disposal and the cozy feel that this house has. I'm also looking forward to bonding with the girls, which is already taking place!

But as excited and optimistic as I am, it's time for me to say goodbye to summer. Of course, the weather we love is still here, but it's time to exchange my summer mindset for a different one. I had a wonderful time this summer. I had fun reconnecting with friends in my favorite city (I <3 you Minneapolis), eating foods that I missed while I was chained to my meal plan. I spent, collectively, a week in Chicago where I reunited with family, attended an inspiring conference on spirituality for the young adult, and pigged out at Veggie Fest. And to top it all off, I also went Kayaking for the first time.

Sayonara summer, until next year.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My Long-Term, On-Again-Off-Again Boyfriend

"Pizza: The long-term, on-again-off-again boyfriend who is objectively bad for you but with whom you have face-melting sex. Even though you almost always regret it right after, something about him tells you that you're going to end up together, if only because, when you want him, nothing else will do."

I found this gem about pizza on Thought Catalog and it couldn't be more true. Even BuzzFeed agreed and told me that my soul mate was pizza.

For me, late nights at college equal two things: pizza and coffee. While I've been home, my mom's extra-organic-no-junk kitchen has had me craving. So last weekend, my family and I made homemade pizza! And the bonus? It was healthier than my late night lover.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

It's officially summer break for me!! I realize that I haven't posted in quite a while. Since last spring? I think so. But I've had a lot to keep me busy, namely this thing called college. I can't believe how fast freshman year flew by. From an exhuasting, but fun-filled orientation week to the extra biology class I took in May Term, my first year was an adventure. It was the first time I'd been far away from home for such a long period of time with nobody that I knew from before. But I survived!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Just Keep Swimming

It's that time of year. College decisions are being released, and I don't know about most of you, but I can't help but feel discouraged sometimes. I remember when I was a plucky freshman, motivated and fearless. Where did that Aditi go? I don't know. Part of me feels that she slowly disintegrated as high school got harder and harder. Some of these college decisions seem to squash that Aditi completely out of existence.

I'm one of those people that gets sick easily when I'm feeling especially blue. It's a terrible combination. On Thursday night, after getting another rejection, I came down with a fever. I spent my Friday eating Cream of Mushroom soup and watching Finding Nemo. It was definitely well-timed, because it reminded me: 

Maybe it's childish, but remembering this made me feel slightly better.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Literally The Best Thing Ever: The Biological Clock

Scientists may have discovered the "grandfather biological clock", an enzyme present in most of earth's life-forms that appears to keep us running on an internal 24-hour metabolic cycle, regardless of whether we ever see the sun.

How ridiculously mind blowing is that?