Ode to the 4 Years!

So like I said in my last posts, I was contemplating applying to the four years for Fall 2013, and I just decided to go for it! So here’s the list of colleges I’m applying to:

New York University (NYU)

Notre Dame of Maryland University

McDaniel College

Towson Unversity

Stevenson University

I’m really hoping for NYU!! I’m applying to the nursing programs at all the colleges/universities. Once there I hope to complete a dual BS/MS program, I also want to obtain a degree in Business and study abroad.

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I’m still contemplating whether or not I’m going to apply to the nursing program at my school or transfer to a four year & start it there. I feel I’m gravitating more towards the latter. I’m just scared of rejection. Oh well, I always have my back up schools if so. I think I’m going to go for it!

What’s Going On In My Neck of the Woods

My second year of college started this past Monday. I’m having trouble affording my books this year, as in i don’t have any money for them. I have to take out a loan (thank God my mom’s handling that). We’re taking out enough money for this semester’s books and next.

Besides money, I believe I’ve already said in another post, that I’ve settled on a major: Nursing. Right now I’m trying to complete the requisites. I’m struggling with which classes I’m going to take next semester though, b/c I can fit all of my pre-req’s into this one year. The only problem is that it’s mandatory for me to take both Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND II. The only thing is that if I take both of those classes in one semester (next semester, not this one that I’m currently in), will I be setting myself up for GPA suicide lol. Right now I’m actually getting a head start on learning the bones of the skeleton. I’m working on the axial skeleton. I think I’m doing a pretty good job, especially when it comes to the spine: There are 33 vertebrae and they make up the Cervical Curve, Thoracic Curve, Lumbar Vertebae, Sacral, and Coccyx. The Cervical Curve has 7 bones located in the neck, called simply C1-C7. The first vertebrae is called the Atlas and the second, the Axis. The Thoracic Curve consists of the vertebrae called T1-T12. The Lumbar consists of five vertebrae called L1-L5. The Sacral Vertebrae are considered to be one bone. Initially they are five separate bones, but from the late teens they start (slowly I assume) fusing together, so that by the ages of 25 or 26, most people’s are fused. The Coccyx is located at the very end of the vertebral column, and is a vestigial bone that we still use. I know the cheeks are the zygota, the eyes are the orbits, the forehead is the frontal bone, followed by the parietal and occipital all the way in the back. The jaw is the mandible (I have the free 3D4Medical app of the human face on my mom’s iPad and there are pre-made pins on the face, and the part of the mandible very much near to the teeth is apparently called the alveolar process of the mandible). And a bunch more things, and some things that I still can’t remember but am still working on. I don’t think (at this point) that learning the names of the bones is going to be hard (don’t quote me, I always reserve the right to change my mind lol). I think it’s going to be the tissues and how our internal organs function separately and as a whole and all the veins and capillaries and arteries and stuff.

I know that I’ve found syllabuses on AP I&II online. I found a great one by Columbia University for their AP II class for this semester, so now I have an idea of what people are learning, so I have an idea of what is learned in AP II. As for taking both I & II in the same semester, we’ll see LOL. Plus I have to study for the TEAS test so that I can get in.

I still don’t know if I’m going to ever go to medical school (LOL I love how I flip flop all the time). Right now I feel like I’ve found something that fits me more. I want to be a nurse, but after undergrad, I want to go on to become a nurse practitioner. I want to work in the NICU. Now if only I could find a program in my state lol. I keep wondering can I do it, but go the pediatrics route, because Hopkins has a program for that. But the thing is that you have to be certified by this board that is specifically for neonatology and I’m wondering would pediatrics prepare me for that, or would they even accept a pediatrics MSN, and want you to have specifically done a neonatolgy program. I’ll figure it out, but if they’re looking for you to have specifically done a program targeted at you being proficient at being a NNP (Neonatal Nurse Practitioner). If they’re looking for those specific programs then it’s looking like I’ll be state hopping (not too far, most likely NYC), but I’m greatly hoping to stay in my state, b/c it’s a hellavu lot cheaper (although I would love to live in NYC).

Anyone have any info on this? It would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Access is the key!

If anyone read the post I did on my summer goals, then you’d know I’m trying to transform into a pescetarian. (For those who don’t know a pescetarian is basically a person that’s pretty much a vegetarian (lol) that still eats seafood. Not to be confused with a piscivore whose meat intake consists of fish.)

Anyway, for the first couple of weeks, it was going great. Then I took a complete left turn and I’m back to eating meat … a lot. Being a pescetarian/vegetarian/vegan is hard, BUT it’s not hard in the way that some would think. Most people *read carnivores* who meet vegetarians, sub divisions of vegetarians, and vegans, most often think it’s hard because they don’t know what the hell a person eats when their diets main courses doesn’t consist of hunks of meat. That’s not the hard part though, I’ve found so many blogs and cookbooks full of tasty and healthy vegan/vegetarian recipes.

The hard part is when you don’t live near farmer’s markets or whole foods markets. Now, don’t get me wrong we have two Whole Foods in my city, we have a Wegmans which is outside of the city, and it’s wonderful that we have them, but that’s they’re still just so spread a part. I could always catch the bus to one of them, but it’s so tiring to catch the bus in this city: there always crowded and always late. I love Wegman’s but it’s such a hassle because of the long commute to get there, catching the bus and the light rail.

I’ve also looked into joining a CSA. For those that don’t know a CSA is when you partner up with a local *so to speak* community organic farm, and you pay them a certain fee before the growing season begins, the farmers grow the food (depending on the farm you might have to pitch in to help but I don’t think that’s many), they grow the fruits & veggies, they harvest the veggies, and then every week you’ll get a box of fruits & veggies delivered to your house or available for you to pick up. I would LOVE to participate in one, but the farms are just so far away. It’s not surprising obviously because most farms are located in the country side

So to sum it all up, it may be challenging to change your eating habits, but the truly hard part is getting to the vegetables. It’ll be so much easier though when I get a car or maybe if I moved to D.C. So I’m not giving up on my goal but I am going to ease up on it because it’s not fully possible to realize at this moment. I AM however, going to still work on lowering my meat intake, even though I’m not going to completely eliminate it from my diet.

Supplements

What I use: USPlabs OxyElitePro

 

There are plenty of people in the business, personal, both, (otherwise) of health and nutrition who will tell you not to use supplements. As I am not about to be legally responsible for someone else’s health, I will NEVER tell anyone whether or not to use diet pills or anything else that could possibly effect health (and after writing that I will be putting a disclaimer on the right side of my blog). I will say that I do agree with professionals who say to not using diet pills/supplements as a crutch. I do not and will never do that but I do use diet pills, or rather a diet pill. I’ve just started using them so I cannot say anything about weight loss, but they definitely help me with cravings. I do have a sweet tooth, but what I noticed (a long time ago) is that though I eat out of boredom, the biggest problem is that I tend to eat my feelings, which since starting college is stress. Though my weight has gone down, when I went to the docs the last time my weight had an extra 20lbs on it! I felt terrible and I knew immediately that I had been hit with the freshman fifteen +5! So these pills help with that, and will help even more when school starts up. I’m 18 and I take responsibility for my health, I follow all directions, I don’t take extra. I haven’t had any side effects. Most reviews I’ve seen on the bodybuilder site/forum/shop I’m a part of either say they have no or slight side effects when using/going off them. A couple people who used them said they got the jitters, but only a couple people said that. Some said that when they stopped using them they experienced a crashing effect, which I think mostly involved headaches. Most people didn’t have any side effects, the ones who did, didn’t seem to experience anything serious. Majority talked about having a lot of energy which is great. I also do have a lot of energy, which can be a downside when I want to sleep, especially because I’m already a night owl. I also read that you can pee a lot when taking the pill, so you are to drink plenty of water.

USPlabs OxyElite Pro is the only diet pill that I’ve ever used, so I can’t say what could work better or worse. I’m also not into experimenting with different this or that so I’ll most likely never do a post like that. I think this is the only pill I’ll ever use/try.

What’s in a name?

Finding the name of a blog isn’t a life or death situation, I know, lol, but I was having a hard time trying to find a name for my blog that I loved and that screamed me. I guess that’s the hard part for some, not finding a name for the blog, but finding one that says YOU and is available for your use. Before I started using wordpress (which one day I hope to upgrade), I used blogger and I went through so many blog names trying to find one that says me. I had plenty of cute ones but they still didn’t say me.

Eventually I came up with Sholux. Sho is Japanese and it means small. Japanese also happens to be one of my two favorite languages. Lux is short for luxury. Put them both together and you have small luxury. It fits me perfectly because I love Japanese and I love luxury (who doesn’t?) lol but even more it’s a philosophy that I believe in and am striving hard to embody, which is to enjoy the small luxuries of life, that when you think about it are really the biggest and most important luxuries. They can be anything: smiles, time with family, moments with friends, that test you got an A on after studying to the point of alopecia, lol (seriously don’t do that though).