Quarter 2 Is One for the Books!

Quarter 2 officially ended yesterday, and I am so relieved! There were so many changes this quarter compared to the last and making those adjustments at times seemed very cumbersome, but in the end, I prevailed, and I am happy that the quarter is over and I can finally enjoy some much needed time away from school!

This quarter we took 21 credit hours, which seemed very intimidating at first initially, but after the first few weeks, I got used to the rigor and made the adjustments to stay on top of things. In the end, I am very pleased with how these quarter turned out, and I am so proud that I was able to make it through another quarter of PA school and I am one step closer to being PA-C. 

One of the biggest adjustments that I had to make was modifying how I studied for classes. We started taking Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology this quarter, and my usual study methods that I was accustomed to was not feasible for that class. There was so much information that was being thrown at you at once, and our professors expected you to know it by the next day. At first, this seem very daunting (and sometimes impossible), but I was able to come up with a method that worked extremely well, and this worked out in the end because I did very well in that class. 

All the people that said that PA school would fly by were not lying! It is hard to believe that I am about to start Quarter 3, and in 9 months, I start rotations! This experience has been so rewarding, and I am so grateful for all of the support that I have been receiving. I would not be were I am without you guys. I am so excited for the future and for what God has in store for me. Over these past 6 months, I have grown so much as a person, and I have become more open-minded about the world in general. 

I was tagged on instagram by @meghaninmedicine to complete this questionnaire and tag a few medical professionals to complete it, too, after this post! So here we go!
Who are you and where do you study?
I am Amber Henry and I currently study in Savannah, GA
When did you start studying medicine or premed/prepa courses? 
I started undergrad in 2008 at Georgia State, and I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry
What made you choose the medical field?
I know this sounds cliché but I feel like "the medical field chose me." I was one of those kids that thought they were going to become a professional athlete or do something pertaining sports, so in high school, I took a few sports marketing classes, but I soon realized that that was something I did not want to do. I then set my goals on becoming a physical therapist. In my junior year of high school, I tore my ACL playing basketball and had to have surgery and do PT. While going to PT, I was able to see the role of a physical therapist and an orthopaedic surgeon, and I quickly realized that becoming a physical therapist was not for me. I then do research on what orthopaedic surgeons did, and I was surprised about all the possibilities that I could pursue, including doing something in sports medicine. So, in college I was all about going to medical school, but it was not until I started working in the emergency room and graduating that I realized that I was more fit in becoming a physician assistant rather than a doctor. So, last year I applied to PA school and got in!
I always loved helping people, even a young age. I used to volunteer to feed the homeless with my church when I was young, and I did a lot of volunteer service activities when I was in Girl Scouts, so giving back was always something that I loved to do. I also loved watching medicine-based shows on television and was always good at science. But I honestly feel like, being a medical provider was God's calling, because when I think about other professions, I don't think I would be happy doing anything else besides working in the medical field, and I believe that God gave me this gift for a reason and this was his plan for my life.
How did you come up with your blog name/username?
All my friends back home call me "Ambz," so there really wasn't much creativity in coming up with my name. LOL
How would you describe your blog? 

I would say it is a mix between educational, fitness and encouragement. I did not want to compartmentalize my blog as being one thing, and I wanted to relate to everyone!
What’s your favorite quote? 
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”
— Proverbs 31:25
Best memory in PA school?
My white coat ceremony! That was one of my proudest moments, and it was such a big symbolization of everything that I have accomplished thus far.
What’s one course you struggled with? 
CALCULUS in undergrad! I took that class three times, and the third time I did not pass it  :-( I was a Chemistry major initially, and once I realized that all of my classes would be Calculus based, I happily switched to Biology :)
So far in PA school, I would say the most challenging class has been Clin Med. Only because everything is brand new, and we are learning about a lot of diseases and medications that we have never heard about before, and it is a lot of information to retain in a short period of time at once.
What’s your favorite book? 
"Pink Lips & Empty Hearts," by Heather Lindsey; "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," and "Hot Lights, Cold Steel."
What do you do in your free time? 
Well during PA school, I am either sleeping or working out, but when I'm back home, I like to go out with my friends and just have a good time. I live in Atlanta, so there is always something to do 24/7. I also love to shop and watch YouTube videos about makeup tutorials!
What do you want to major or specialize in? 
Initially, I thought I was going to do orthopaedics, but I fell in love with Emergency Medicine, so I am most likely going to do that or Critical Care. I am a very adrenaline driven person, and when I was working in the ER as a scribe, I loved the environment. Contrary to how it is pursued on television, you do get free time in the ER, and there is not as much hustle and bustle as most believe there to be. Also, I love the lifestyle of the ER personnel. The PAs at my ER worked 3-4 12 hour shifts per week, which to me is perfect! Because that means more off days and time for myself.
Who do you look up to? 
God of course! I wouldn't be where I am today without him. My parents! They have provided the support financially, spiritually and emotionally for years, and they are a big reason I am the person I am today!
How do you study (productively)? 
I am super old school and I use mostly note cards and outlines to study. As of recently, I work out and study right after school, which has helped a bunch! On the weekends, I usually study at home at my kitchen island. I sometimes study at the library at school, but after being in class for 6-7 hours, I need to get off campus, so I usually go to Starbucks.
How do you stay motivated in medical/pa school? 
First off, take it day by day, and I know in the end, the hard work will pay off. Please take time for yourself and do things that you like. Don't feel guilty about taking time to take care of yourself! I have a very good support system, and when I am down, they are able to pick me up! I love them so much and they have been an imperative part of my growth.
What are your best tips for future medical/pa students? 
Enjoy the time off you have prior to school because once school stops, you are super busy 24/7 and have little to no time to yourself. For those that are just starting, make sure you study a little bit everyday and do not fall behind in your classes. It is easier to stay ahead then catch up. Also, enjoy this time in PA school. It is such a reward to be here, and the process of getting into PA school is so competitive, so you guys should feel proud about this time in your life!

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