My Last Summer of Freedom

I begin orientation in exactly 80 days.  It seems like a lot, but more and more I am just ready to get started.  However, I realize that this summer is, in many ways, my last summer of freedom.  I told a friend of mine the other day that after this summer, I will  officially be an adult.  She laughed at me, but in many ways it’s true.  Once I start school, I can expect to spend most of my time studying.  This goes on for four years.  After that I begin residency, which means working 80 or so hours a week and spending lots of nights on call.  When that is over, I’ll begin working full-time.  And, somewhere in there, Nick and I hope to start a family.  This summer is my last summer of freedom.

Most of the medical students in my upcoming class are quitting their jobs or working minimal hours for the summer to live it up and/or veg out.  I am following suit.  I’ll just be nannying part-time for the summer and working through my stack of books which is down to 14 right now.  Nick and I have also been invited to ten weddings this summer (plus 2 more in the fall), so we will get to see a lot of college friends before we make our move to Missouri.  I also made a “bucket list” the other day of things I want to do before school starts.  So, without further ado, here it is, for your viewing pleasure:

  1. Go to the Henry Doorly Zoo
  2. Go camping (no, that’s not a typo)
  3. Visit my best friend, Michelle, when she has her baby
  4. Make it through my stack of books
  5. Go to the rollerskating museum (don’t ask me why, I have no idea)
  6. Eat at my favorite restaurants in Lincoln – The Blue Orchid and The Oven – and The Bohemian Cafe in Omaha
  7. Go to the farmers’ market (achieved as of this morning)
  8. Spend some time at home in Harvard
  9. Go to a water park
  10. Have a going away party
In addition to these, I want to make the most of my free time.  I started some paintings that I need to finish.  I want to try some new recipes and bake kolaches.  I’d love to see my new neice as much as possible.  And, more than anything, I want to have LOTS of quality time with my husband.  The thing I am least looking forward to about medical school (other than having a fellow student practice his first blood-draw on me) is having less time to spend with him.  So, hopefully this summer goes by quickly, but not too quickly.
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About emilyehoward

My name is Emily, and I am a first year Internal Medicine Resident in Phoenix, Arizona. I live with my husband Nicholas and my daughter Anika. And I hope you enjoy my blog!
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One Response to My Last Summer of Freedom

  1. Allison says:

    Hey, we can cross one of these things off of your list while we are here.. a restaurant perhaps or i am totally up for the rollerskating museum. (never been there).

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