Hello to October of 2017

There’s something great about the month of October. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s an announcement that autumn is here and autumn is my favorite season. It’s that time of the year when summer is finally slinking away back to the other hemisphere and winter is on the scene. Yes, I love winter a lot, mostly because summer is no good for my hijab and also, I love wearing sweaters/hoodies and my boots. It’s like my fashion statement (that I can only wear for six months a year). Sad right? I’m planning to move out to a place where it’s boot season all year. Any suggestions?

Sorry for these low quality pictures.

I actually don’t have anything concrete to talk about in this post. My brain hasn’t been very functional these days. I have my end of the year exams coming up and have been cramming quite a bit. While I do get ideas for posts every now and then, I often find myself too exhausted to actually sit down and write something.

There have been a plethora of ideas roaming through my thoughts. I’ve been reading posts and new blogs, looking through forums and threads every now and then. It’s kind of amazing how vast the blogging community appears- and I use the word appear because it feels to me like it’s very saturated in some communities. I don’t know about the average person writing a blog, but this seems to put a sort of pressure towards perfection or at least to pump out creative and fresh content in an effort to stay ahead of the game.

Often, most of these forums and discussion tend to focus on niche as well as for putting out heavy content posts (1k words is apparently less) and utilizing as many methods as possible to drive traffic. While I am learning little things along the way, I can’t help but feel like it has all become a sort of secret school society where people might be trading secrets, but it’s never a complete secret. You only get a small hint or a quick clue and then you are set off to find the rest of the magical recipe yourself. More often than not, the road to this recipe is not worth the actual potion you end up with. It’s one of the main reasons why I like talking about the research I’m doing when it comes to blogging (remember that Reddit post?). I like sharing things I’ve learned, it is like keeping a sort of record of my trials and errors so that I can look back and you can benefit as well.

Apart from blogging, I’ve also been thinking a lot about the USMLE. The USMLE is an exam that will cover all the content that I have studied in these three years of medicine. Anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, immunology and microbiology. While I am studying for my current exams (which involve the last four subjects), I can’t help but wonder how much of this will I be able to retain? I am working diligently with ANKI flashcards (this merits a post, I have been planning to write about it for the longest time) but I feel like I am memorizing facts without really understanding a lot of the basics. There are moments where I really wish I could slow down and look things up, to watch video lectures or make some fresh notes, but I just can’t because I am so short of time.There really is nothing I can do except cram at this point. I really hope that I pass so that I can spend the next year going through all of this content again and hammering out all the things I am having trouble with.

Something else that has been slightly bothering me a bit are instagram pods. I am in 3 of them but I have them all on mute and I do not send anything and I do not look at what has been sent. Most of this stems from the small problem that… most of the pods I am in simply aren’t of my interest. A major problem with instagram pods (in my opinion) is that they are built according to who says they are interested and then put in that chronological order. So in all three pods, I am settled with people who post roughly the same things: beauty and fashion. There’s nothing inherently wrong with these niches, it’s just that they’re not of much interest for me. You already know my fashion statement: jackets and boots. There is nothing apart from that and frankly, I am not interested. Which is why I thought it would be super cool if I could take the concept of an instagram pod and extrapolate it to make it more of a “you decide where you want to go”. Again, this also merits a post of it’s own which I will be working on (soon) but after my exams.

Speaking of exams, my friend also alerted me that there’s going to be another twincon sometime in the end of October. Twincon is basically a sort of anime/cosplay convention for the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. I didn’t go last time. Or the last time. Or the last time. I went in 2014 (I think) and I remember writing a post about it but it’s probably somewhere on my old blog (I could dig it up but nah). I would cosplay but really, I’m too lazy. If I show up there at all, consider it a miracle. And if I do go, it means another blog post.

See, I have so many ideas and things to write about (consider this: a weekly post series for #Inktober where I just doodle and write the instagrammy poetry that is all the rad these days?) but I currently just don’t have the time or the motivation. So you will have to make do with this post!

I hope you all are having a nice day.

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Author: Kanra Khan

I'm a Pakistani American student of medicine, or more precisely, an almost-graduate of MBBS Class of 2019. I like to write about my experiences in med school and my adventures in life, which range from traveling, to art, to blogging and photography. Like what you're seeing so far? Consider exploring a bit more! The Lunar Descent is endless.

0 Replies to “Hello to October of 2017

  1. augh i totally agree with the fresh content thing. i constantly feel as if you have to keep coming up with original and creative things to stand out. sure, creativity is great, but what's wrong with a basic, yet interesting post?

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