Part II: How to survive 1st year of dental school

Part II: How to survive 1st year of dental school

Hello!

This is a continuation of part I on the tips that I have gathered that has made my life more manageable in dental school.

  1. Semi-meal prep: The reason it is semi-meal prep for me is that I don’t want to eat the same thing every day and I want to have the opportunity to modify it based on my cravings. (I’ll do another post regarding my meal preps later.)
  2. Notability: This has been my savior in terms of taking notes. Most of my professors would upload their lectures and I would import those lectures onto this app on my Ipad, which then I use to take notes. It is so compact because the only thing that I carry is my Ipad to class. (I’ll do another post about technology and apps that I have found useful in dental school.)
  3. Don’t overwhelmed yourself with extracurricular activities: I say this because I was that girl in college that was involved in everything. This past year, I did something that was unusual for me. I did not join that many clubs and I got to sit back and enjoy school.

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi

Part I: How to survive 1st year of dental school

Part I: How to survive 1st year of dental school

Hello!

I have been MIA lately because dental school has taken over my life. As I am wrapping my first year, here are some tips that have helped me with my first year of dental school. Some of these tips are obvious things that everyone knows, but there are a few that I discovered that works for me. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you if you are about to start your first year of dental school or if you’re planning to go to professional school. This is going to be a lengthy post so I have decided to break it up into two parts.

  1. Sleep: For the first month of school, I was getting a minimum of five hours of sleep. Needless to say, I did okay, but nothing spectacular and I could not figure out why. I studied and studied, but I was still getting very similar grades. Then I decided to get more sleep and that was when I saw a huge difference. I was getting grades that I wanted. So now, I get a minimum of seven hours especially the night before an exam.
  2. Exercise: At the start of school, I wasn’t exercising on a regular basis and that was very abnormal for me. I started to feel sluggish, fatigue, and depress. Then, I started going to exercise classes that the school offer or at least squeeze in a 30 minutes workout every other day. I saw a difference in my energy level.
  3. Keep up with my study: There were certain days that I did not study because I needed to take a mental break. However, I knew that if I did that then I had to make it up. So on a regular basis, I study every day for 2-3 hours after class. Another tip that helps is being attentive in class. I realize that whenever I am attentive (so no facebook or instagram) in class then after school, I am quickly reviewing what I have already learned.
  4. Have “Me Time”: I take Friday nights off and I do what makes me happy. That range from catching up with all my shows to cleaning my apartment. Whatever is happening- Friday nights are reserved for me and what I want to do. Whether it is going out with your friends or staying in, it is imperative that you take a night out for yourself and do what you want to do to reenergize.

Stay tune for Part II next week! Let me know if you have questions or want me to do a post on a particular area about dental school.

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi

Review | J.Crew Edit Bag

Review | J.Crew Edit Bag

Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 9.47.46 PM Won’t this bag look wonderful with my spring wardrobe? That was my thought purchasing this purse, but my opinion on it has changed completely. Above is a picture from an online retailer. It looks beautifully crafted and with the brand J.Crew, I expected quality. However, that was far from it.

When I opened the package, I noticed the horrible quality of the leather and the horrendous craftsmanship. Below is some snapshots of the bag.

Looking at this bag, I can tell that it is not real leather. The texture and hardness reminds me of a hard cardboard box that has been shaped into a purse. The trim is painted on and the stitchings are uneven. For the price and J.Crew name, it is a disappointing purchase.

Final verdict: Not worth it. Returned!

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi

Review: Tatcha Polished Rice Powder

Review: Tatcha Polished Rice Powder

Tatcha-Polished-Classic-Rice-Enzyme-Powder     As I walked around Sephora with a friend, I came upon this powder which reminded me that I hadn’t written a review for this powder. I bought this powder as a part of the travel kit from Tatcha. It caught my eyes because of its use of rice as an exfoliating agent. I remembered my mom used to tell me to use rice water to wash my face because it would brighten my skin. I didn’t think much of it until I started using it.

It is formulated with rice powder and traces of crushed pearl. To me, that sounds extra luxurious. It claims to be a cleanser and toner which leaves the skin polished and baby soft. I usually use this whenever I’m traveling because it takes away the dullness of my skin due to the change in environment. I use half a dime size amount for my whole face. I gently let it exfoliates my skin. After I wash it off, my skin has a subtle glow. I highly recommend this product if you want a gentle exfoliate that you can use daily. I will definitely purchase the full size once I run out of the travel size.

Tatcha Exfoliating Rice Enzyme Powder

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi

Review: Emu Australia Platinum Stinger Hi Boots

Review: Emu Australia Platinum Stinger Hi Boots

I stumbled upon the Emu brand when I was researching about Ugg boots. As I did my research, I found that Ugg Australia was an American company, Decker’s Outdoor Corporation. I realized that I did not want to pay a huge amount of money for boots that were not authentic. Here’s a great blog post that dive deeper into the topic: http://www.elleandish.com/2013/05/20/from-my-australian-vacation-what-i-learned-about-ugg-australia-boots/

I decided on the brand Emu because they had great customer service and free shipping. I received my product promptly. When I opened the box and felt the boots, I knew it was money well spent.

The pair of boots was beautiful. It was soft and comfortable. The sole molded to my feet as I wore it. I love the water resistant feature because I don’t have to worry about getting it ruin. I have wide feet so it made the boots look a bit wider than what I want, but I can overlook that.  I usually ordered 1/2 size up for winter boots, but from the review I ordered my usual size six. I cannot wait to wear it during the winter months!

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi

Yoga: Your first class

Yoga: Your first class

Here are some tips that I give to my friends who are starting out in yoga (mainly hot vinyasa yoga):

  1. Bring a water bottle to class. Stay hydrated the day before, stay hydrated during class, and stay hydrated after class. You’re sweating out all of the impurities and toxin from your body so now you need to replenish it with what it has lost. I was dehydrated a couple of times. I got overheated and dizzy. It was not a fun feeling.
  2. Don’t eat or drink anything heavy two hours before the class. I made the mistake of drinking bubble tea before a class and I was feeling sick throughout the whole class.
  3. Wear the appropriate clothing. I mainly do hot vinyasa yoga, where I would sweat buckets. I recommend wearing breathable fitted clothing. Personally, I wear a bra, a loose breathable tank top, and yoga capri. I will do a separate post on where I get my yoga clothes.
  4. Have your hair out of your face and your neck. Having the hair out of the way will make you feel a lot better and cooler in the hot class. It also prevents acne from forming on your forehead. I put my hair in a bun.
  5. Pick a spot where you’re comfortable to learn in class. A lot of my friends would tell me that they’re shy and they like to stand in the back of the class. That is totally fine! However, everyone is a bit conscious in yoga class. They’re not going to pay attention to you because they are concentrating on themselves.
  6. Bring a yoga towel for your yoga mat. Yoga towel can run from $20-$50. Again, you don’t need an expensive one. If you have an over-sized bath towel, it will work. Also if you sweat a lot, it might be helpful if you bring a small face towel to wipe the sweat from face.
  7. Bring a yoga mat with you. You do not need an expensive yoga mat when you’re starting out. My first mat was $10 from a local discount store.
  8. Inform your teacher if you have previous injuries such as knee, back, and etc. They will modify the poses so you won’t further injure the areas.

Lastly, have fun! Don’t worry if you fall, just pick yourself back-up. It is a learning experience for everyone in the class.

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi

Review: L’Occitane Divine Cream

Review: L’Occitane Divine Cream

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I have been using this cream for several years, and this is without any doubt one of my holy grail products.  I have bought it for my mother and aunts, who are all 60+, and they love it!

The Divine Cream is one of L’Occitane best seller items.  It is part of their Immortelle skin care line, which derives from the Immortelle flower, an everlasting flower.  This moisturizer comes in an opaque yellow/orange glass jar, which makes the product last longer.  It has a rich and creamy texture that applies very easily on the face and neck.  It absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it smooth and moisturized.  It has a demure scent that reminds me of a meadow.

I apply this cream right after I apply my toner but only in the morning and occasionally at night.  After the first couple of weeks, I noticed that it had brighten my skin and my skin tone had even out.  I also noticed that my mom’s skin had a more youthful appearance after a few weeks of use.

The only downside to this product is the price.  However, you will only need a small amount for the whole face.  A jar will typically last me 3+ months of daily use.

I highly recommend this product!  If you live by a L’Occitane store, stop by and ask for some samples.  The L’Occitane representatives are always helpful.  You will not be disappointed!

A little skin background about me:  I have sensitive, acne-prone, and combination skin.  I have numerous acne scars on my cheeks.

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi