Apparently this year is very up and down for me.
I brew beer. Brewing makes me happy. I think it's probably one of the greatest hobbies ever... when you are done, you get good beer! Unfortunately, the brewing store sold me bad yeast. I just went outside and checked to find my beer totally infected and foul-smelling. Upsetting, to say the least. Also, $30 down the drain. Literally. Poured down the drain.
Also, I just found out that my preceptor may not be as awesome as I thought. He's super-nice and really good with kids, but he might not push me as hard as I want him to. The woman who had him last year said that he's too easy-going and laid back, and that she's not as prepared for 3rd year as her classmates... not something you necessarily want to hear about someone who needs to whip you into shape. I mean, I need to be able to go see a patient entirely by myself, know what I'm looking at, and then present all the findings in under 3 minutes to a doctor in less than a year. Right now I'm nowhere close*.
Sooooo we'll see. I have my 4th session with him on Tuesday, so I'll ask him to start pimping me (for non-med students out there, that's where the doctor asks you ridiculously hard questions that you may or may not know, in front of patients/nurses/other doctors) and maybe sending me into patient's rooms by myself. Scary, but I won't learn otherwise.
Year's off to a mixed start. Here's to hoping it gets better.
*Now, it should be said that I am very impatient. I know this about myself. So, it's entirely possible that I want too much, too fast.