Monday, November 28, 2016

Doctor Strange

Last weekend, I finally got the chance to watch Doctor Strange! I've been wanting to watch Doctor Strange in theaters since I found out that Mads Mikkelson plays one of the villains and I absolutely refused to watch it in any way or place apart from the theater. Why was I excited about the villain?

Because it was a perfect match for the hero! Benedict Cumberbatch, aka Sherlock. Mads Mikkelson, aka Hannibal Lecter. Basically, it's a Sherlock V Hannibal movie, set in the Marvel Universe. At least, that's what I wish it was because honestly, Kaecilius (the bad guy) didn't really get much a back story.

I really enjoyed the movie though! My favorite character was definitely Stephen because it was great to see all the different aspects of him. My favorite parts about Stephen were;
  1. He's incredibly arrogant about his skills as a neurosurgeon (like when he gets his hands operated on and gets told that "they did their best", he says "I could have done better") and I really liked how they showed the despair he felt when he lost the proper use of his hands.
  2. Stephen Strange really doesn't like being pitied and he's willing to squander his entire earnings to somehow get the use of his hands back, even though he technically lost them by his own arrogance (solving a case on his way to a neurosurgery conference and decides to overtake a car while driving at high speeds on a cliff road). All these efforts result in him losing his money, other doctors ignoring him, and the only person who gave him company was driven away.
  3. Even though he ends up learning about mystical arts, he still considers himself a doctor and wants to uphold the Hippocratic Oath of "do no harm". The outburst he has when he kills someone for the first time was great! I really liked how his whole Oath made him decide not to follow Mordo's path, but to create his own where he would violate the rules of time and space, but end up not killing anyone!
  4. "Dormamu! I've come to bargain!"
  5. The cloak of levitation. 

Regarding the movie, I REALLY HAD A LOT OF FUN WATCHING THE KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD. It was just mesmerizing! I already love cityscapes (you can tell, my phone wallpaper is New York City) so this was a real treat to watch.

I also liked the comic relief that was scattered around the movie, whether it was Stephen's Cloak, the WiFi password, referencing to current music or just overall sarcasm and sass from Doctor Strange.

Overall, I'd give this movie a 4/5 and would 10/10 recommend you to watch! I watched this at Centaurus Cineplex (Islamabad) in 3D and while it was initially a little disorienting, it got better when the action started!

Have you watched Doctor Strange? What did you think about it? What was your favorite part? Have a nice day! 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Third Year and Clinical Rotations

While I'm writing the first half of this post, I'm still technically not in third year. Sure, classes have started, but I haven't officially been promoted yet. The exam results aren't here and there's rumors everywhere- that thirty people have failed- and so it's not surprising that a lot of people are feeling demoralized and unable to truly study in third year until they know for sure that this is where they will be staying.

I've been trying my best to be mentally in third year as much as possible and to have high hopes that I will be promoted from second year on my first try. So here's me being excited about third year!

I won't be studying basic sciences anymore (good bye anatomy, physiology and biochemistry!) although I will be revising them over and over since I'm planning to give the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam). My new subjects are Pharmacology, Pathology and Forensic Medicine. They sound pretty cool right? (especially forensic medicine. that sounds like being in CSI: Islamabad or something xD)

Being in third year with all these new subjects meant getting new books too. I like the idea of new books (smelling the pages) and I've got most of my books already. The pharmacology book is gigantic (and painful to read) so I got a smaller book to review it from. I plan on annotating the smaller book and then discarding the larger book. I don't need gigantic text heavy books to give me lots of stress before the exam!

I also realized taking notes was going to get pretty hard, so I've decided to use a notebook for lecture notes, which I would combine with the lecture slides and then add to the margins of the textbook I intend to use thoroughly.

Clinical rotations have also started, we're supposed to spend one day a week with the clinical side of the teaching faculty. Some of our class has lectures depending on which department they've been assigned to while others go to the OPDs (out patient department) to approach patients and take histories from.

My first clinical rotation is in the gynecology department and so far, it's been pretty interesting. I had two other people in my group and the doctor we were assigned to was nice enough to let us take our first history together. So we settled together on one patient and asked her a ton of questions, noting things down before we could repeat the information to the doctor.

After that, we had to learn how to physically examine a patient. The doctor walked us through the general things before taking a patient and showing us how to examine someone who is pregnant. Careful palpation can help you figure out how the baby is lying, where it's head is and how the delivery might happen. Of course, you need experience to be able to say these things confidently.

Another thing we were shown was a fetoscope. It's basically a cone cylinder thing. You find out where the baby's shoulder would be and then place it there to hear the baby's heart sounds. I couldn't hear the baby's heart at all and I said it like
"I can't hear anything"
"Take off your scarf" the doctor said.
I fumble with my scarf and manage to expose my ear before trying to listen again. My earring bangs against the metal and "I still can't hear anything"
"Listen carefully"
I'm trying so hard to hear a heartbeat but... I can't hear anything. I'm debating to get my hearing checked cause I can't really hear anything on stethoscopes either. I get up, fixing my scarf haphazardly.
"Yeah, I heard the sounds" I say hastily. What else was I supposed to do?

I'm sure things will get easier to do as time goes on. As I write the second half of this post, I would like to tell you that I have passed my second year examinations and have been successfully promoted to third year. I have no excuse not to slack off now. I've got a lot of stuff on my plate apart from studying, like SIST, research and this blog. I'm not sure how I'll manage it, but I definitely will!

How has your academic year been going? Have a nice day!

Monday, November 21, 2016

5 Things That Would Happen in The Walking Dead

if it took place in Pakistan....

The Walking Dead is a pretty popular television series. The newest season started not too long ago and the hype for the show has been recreated. Don't get me wrong though, this series is fantastic. It has the elements I love when it comes to a futuristic dystopian setting filled with zombies. More than mindless killing, it's the aspect of survival that really reels me in. You can probably tell which season was my favorite. Definitely season three.

Anyway, after watching such an intense series, I couldn't help but wonder what kind of show the Walking Dead would be like if it happened in Pakistan. Here are five things that would be different about the Walking Dead if it happened in Pakistan. More specifically, Islamabad.

1. Homes here are a lot more secure when it comes to construction. Every single house is walled and gated, a sharp contrast to the houses in the US which only have a door separating living quarters from the outside. Windows of almost every house is reinforced with steel (which means no walkers coming in and no humans jumping out). So yeah, you can definitely bunker down in your house. With most of the public secure like this, a handful of zombies aren't too hard to deal with and kind of takes the fun out of a fight.
Another important thing to remember is that having every house gated helps to contain freshly turned walkers. So if one house gets infected, it's not very likely that it will become an instant pandemic.

2. Pakistan is already a country of power outages. No one will be too disoriented when infrastructure fails. Hopefully. Although one of my personal opinions is that news will spread and the first thing people build is walls around power sources like dams, coal factories etc. Of course, these end up failing with no one to properly maintain them once the epidemic spreads.

3. The call to prayer happens five times a day on loudspeakers in almost every neighborhood. That's definitely a walker magnet and can be utilized to effectively cleanse every nook of the city five times a day. That's great, isn't it?

4. Everybody and nobody will be making road trips. First of all, everyone would be off running to their villages BUT there's going to be a super long line at the petrol station because come on, if regular days can have CNG shortages and 50 vehicles long lines, what can you say for the start of the zombie apocalypse?

5. Pakistan doesn't have anything like a CDC or a prominent research department that people would turn to for a cure. In fact, there's not much of a future that people would see and considering how pessimistic most people here are, they'd just start living in this apocalypse world instead of looking for a way out. The entire show would be people trying to reorient themselves and adapting to the new threats. Nobody would be going on a trip to 'Washington' and even if someone was roadtripping for a cure, no one would believe such a thing would be possible.
In fact, no one would even be surprised to hear that everyone is already infected. Pakistanis would just shrug their shoulders and keep going with their lives.

What would happen if the Walking Dead took place in your country? Or in your area, if you're already in the United States. Have a nice day!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Highlights of This Week

I have just been having this general feeling of negativity this week. Like there is some sort of blanket of unhappiness on the world and it's affecting everyone in some sort of way. I'd talk about all the bad things that have happened to me but it's much more better to talk about the things that went well and that I'm grateful for. Here are a couple of things that made me happy this week.

My Monday morning went well. Surprisingly, I did not fall asleep in any of the lectures; I had my books opened and I was highlighting along the lecture. I may have not been listening attentively (since I was reading at the same time) but at least I was paying more attention than I usually do when I'm sleeping!

I decided to take the day off Tuesday! I debated on the matter on Twitter when Tanya chimed in too and I finalized my plan. I slept in till ten and spent the day pretty relaxed. I had Wednesday off too so it was basically a 'weekend, Monday, weekend' kind of week for me :D

Thursday was the day I had my rotation! It started out with me and my batch mates looking for our preceptor, running up and down hallways when she finally arrived half an hour later and right off the bat, started scolding us on how we should have been attending patients instead of looking for her. She handed us patients after she was done and I got to take the history of a patient who had just gotten out of surgery not too long ago.

Fortunately, the patient was really nice, including her attendant. They both knew I barely knew what I was doing but they were so nice and answered all my questions with lots of details and I was very relieved that this wasn't going so bad.

Once I was done, I headed back to find my preceptor back with a couple of other doctors who were going to start their round. I told my preceptor I was done taking a history and she was about to ask me to present the history when the other doctor interrupts, saying "We need to do our rounds. Tell the medical students to make themselves useful and take out a catheter"

My preceptor blanched and said "What are you saying! They're just students!"
Meanwhile, I was like "Of course! Catheter! You got it!"

The doctor brushes my preceptor aside and says "Well, how else are they going to learn? Put away your notebooks" and she leads all the doctors out to start the patient rounds.

My friend and I are standing next to the in bed patient with the catheter. My friend asks my how we're going to do this. I say "What do you mean how are we going to do it? Call the nurse"

So we got the nurse to go through the notes and she told us that we were supposed to get a urine sample, not remove the catheter. She also went ahead to show us how she clamped down the catheter for a while before opening the tube and getting a sample.

So yes! Thursday had been pretty interesting. As soon as I came however, I had a lot of work piled up. I wrote up histories and did some research (a fancy word for tallying questionnaires) while trying to study for the exam I had on Friday (today).

As you can see, I barely studied. I spent the entire day doing the research because it's due on Monday? And I have so much left, it's making me cry.

It's understandable, even predictable, then, that Friday was going to be pretty stressful. Right off the bat I tweeted about it. Needless to say, my paper did not go that well (everything felt surreal) and once I was done, I talked to my friends for a bit before heading into the library.

Another friend of mine and I are both collaborating on a separate research and we went through a couple of medical journals to get the hang of what we needed. After that I settled down alone to my due Monday research.

I'm not even kidding, this research is draining me out really bad. And I feel worse because my siblings (more specifically, my sister) is helping me out so much and it's such boring work but she's still doing it. I don't know when I'll finish it. I keep pushing the date forward over and over and it's just honestly giving me a headache.

See? It gave me a headache enough to type out all my aches in one sitting.

I hope your week is going better. Have a nice day!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Let's Play Chapter One: The Village of Death

No, this isn't a click-bait title. Not in the truest sense, at least. You know how there are some Youtubers on the internet who make videos of themselves playing games? So I figured, why can't I make a blog post about me playing a game? Considering how many blunders and face-palm moments I give myself, this might actually be fun to write!

The game I'll be talking about in this post is the Witcher. Released in 2009, the Witcher is based on a series of novels written by a Polish author, Andrzej Sapkowski (I have no idea how to pronounce that). It's a role playing action game, where you make decisions for the main character, Geralt (pronounced Ger-ult, where the G is like the G in gum). Geralt is a Witcher, a modified human who specializes in dealing with the supernatural. However, Geralt has had an incident occur to him, resulting in him losing his memory. Fortunately, his Witcher friends in the tutorial help him (i.e., you) get the hang of using your sword, spells and potions.

The Witchers have been attacked by a group who call themselves Salamandra. They have stolen the Witchers' scrolls and secrets and have started to put them to bad use. The few Witchers who remain have split up to search for Salamandra. Geralt's search takes him to the village that lies on the outskirts of Vizima.

"Geralt, you have to help the poor woman who's stuck outside the gates!"
Ah yes, tis' I. Kanra the Silver King, here commanding the white haired Witcher known as Geralt. Fortunately, Geralt knows how to wave his sword around and I think I can lead him well enough to save the poor woman BUT FIRST I MUST RAID ALL THE BARRELS AND CLICK ALL THE CLICKABLE THINGS.
If this was a real time game, all these NPCs would be pretty sick of me by now, and it's only been about two minutes into the chapter. Nevertheless, I bravely lead Geralt out to slaughter the demon dogs who have been attacking the woman and have already killed her. Perhaps I should not have been looking through people's barrels...
Fortunately, her son of sorts, named Alvin, is safe and has just started mysteriously floating in the air with light coming from behind him like he's some sort of angel before uttering a horrifying prophecy, all with a straight face. I am mildly disconcerted. Geralt thinks this is completely normal. Then again, he doesn't have many facial expressions to choose from either.
There's a orange haired woman named Shani who says she can help Alvin recover from his ordeal. Shani acts like I know her. I've never seen this woman in my life. Geralt doesn't know who she is either but he's got amnesia so we decide to ask her to explain herself. She's a friend of Geralt's apparently.
My objective is to find the Reverend, the leader of this village, so that I could ask him about Salamandra. My journal tells me he should be around here somewhere, so I search the inn thoroughly, several times until I at last come to the conclusion that the Reverend isn't here. What's the point of this map anyway? It's all dark and I have no idea where to go or where the Reverend is. Does it want me to aimlessly explore?
I start aimlessly exploring, killing demon dogs on my way. I'm making a lot of circles and loops, talking to peasants and travelers on the road (hoping they'd tell me where the Reverend is). I saved one of the peasants from a demon dog and ran up to them to see how they would thank me. Geralt misinterpreted my command and proceeded to stab said peasant with his sword. I screamed and ran away from the peasant. I did not look back and ran half a mile away where I could no longer hear them yelling "Stop him!"
I finally find the Reverend and he looks like a nutcase. He wants me to light some candles at altars scattered around the village. That means running through all the grass lands and dirt paths again. I really wish I could get a bike. It's awfully stressful watching Geralt run and run and run. I feel like all this virtual exercise is psychologically making ME lose weight.
Every time I light an altar, there are three demon dogs at my heels. I usually run away from them.
The last altar is near the inn I was at from the start. I see there are bandits near the gates, and I, leading my Witcher, decide to beat those bandits up! I push Geralt into the battle and he waves his sword and manages to kill most of the bandits (until his health drops and I run away from the battle, heal Geralt and come back at a different angle) when I see that there's a woman fighting the bandits too! Once we defeat the bandits, she thanks Geralt for the help and then asks if he could escort her to her home.
I was in a bit of a hurry and in my haste, agreed to help her out.
I couldn't even find the Reverend's house, how was I supposed to find this random lady's house? I searched the inn thoroughly, she kept following me, I tried talking to her but all she'd say was "Hurry up, I haven't got all night!" in this really annoying sort of way. Like wow, thanks Lady, no address? Not even a street number? How am I supposed to get you anywhere at all?
I decide to just roam around the village, knocking at random doors until we find her house. Unfortunately, we get attacked by demon dogs again. Geralt pulls out his sword and the random Lady has her knife out and we start butchering the dogs until I notice that the Lady's health bar is going down. The dog lunges at her, bites her and she falls to the ground and dies.
My face:
I goofed this up, she's actually dead oh my God what am I going to tell her boss? She worked at the inn, right? He'll never let me in through the door again, I goofed so bad, oh no-

Geralt's face:
I have failed the quest. Check that off the list in the journal and time to move out.

I meet a witch named Abigail and I like her very much- except the entire village wants to kill her with fire. I decide to run in and warn the witch about the blood thirsty crowd outside.
"Abigail! Don't die! I'll save you, unlike the poor waitress I couldn't protect-"
Needless to say, Abigail is grateful but-
"Abigail, no. No. Don't turn this into a shippy romance sim game cause I'm not shipping myself- I mean, Geralt- with anyone in this game!! Although now that I think about it, why are all the women around Geralt red/orange haired?!"
I manage to block Abigail from trying to flirt with me by walking out of the cave she's hiding in to confront the mass of angry villagers outside. They want blood. I go back in to fetch Abigail and I tell the Reverend that he'll have to deal with me.
I really didn't expect them to attack me but they did. What do you expect from fat merchants and nutcase Reverends to do against a Witcher? I slayed everyone pretty easily and took all their money (they didn't have an awful lot, I'll tell you that) when the greatest dog demon of the demon dogs arrived.
I uh... I died a couple of times...
When I finally manage to defeat the dog with Abigail's help, I go back to the inn where Shani is waiting for me. The entire village I pass through is eerily quiet, there's no one anywhere and I've realized that I've killed the entire population.
The inn is empty too and I figured I could give Shani something since she was waiting through all the deaths I had, so I looked through my inventory and saw that I had 2 red shawls. Item description: Perfect gift for a lady.
Shani. Take the shawl. I have two of these. Take it. I said take it. Why won't you take it!!!!! It's a gift!!! Haven't your parents taught you anything about accepting gifts?!!!

Essentially, I mentally yell a lot while I play games. I should definitely start my own Youtube channel :p

Friday, November 11, 2016

Game Review: Mystic Messenger

no the game is not really 1.5 GB, don't worry
This isn't exactly a popular game, but it has certainly caught on in some communities on the internet. I played this game and completed it once and that basically makes me think I am eligible to review this game, although it is far more complex than that (really!).

Mystic Messenger is a game which basically revolves around the app being a messenger and the story playing out through the medium of chatting, texting and calls. It's a really unique game and I was honestly surprised at this ingenuity. I didn't think that this game would get me so invested in the story.

You start off by joining the RFA (Rika's Fundraising Association) which consists of six people. V (one of the founders), Jumin Han (rich corporate boss), Jaehee Kang (Jumin's assistant), 707 (hacker and technical support), Zen (narcissist actor), and Yoosung (college kid). You join the organization and end up taking Rika's place. Rika was the original founder, but sadly died some time ago by suicide.

The organization used to hold social parties and gather funds for charity. However, with Rika gone, there haven't been any parties but now that you're here, everyone wants a party to be held. You have eleven days to gather guests for the party!
This whole party inviting thing is a real headache though
During the course of the game, you have different 'routes' to take. In the casual route, you can end up with either Yoosung, Jaehee Kang or Zen, while Jumin Han and 707 are reserved for the 'deep' route. The choices you make in the chatting options are what dictates the routes and branching in the game.

The first time I played, I ended up getting a bad route. I had been playing the game as I would normally play; being off with everyone and not really trying to be friends with anyone (as I usually am xD). The game tried dragging me down the Zen route however, and at first, I thought, why not. Zen seemed like a good guy (except he was obsessed with looking at himself in the mirror) until I decided to try out the call feature in full. 

The call feature involves plugging in your headphones and picking up the calls of the other members. The calls are basically recordings of the characters speaking in Korean, with the English translation coming on the screen. I really like how that worked, it was really interesting to hear the characters although you didn't understand a word they were saying and I personally ended up just reading the screen and ignoring the voices. 

Right so where was I ... oh yes, so one of the first calls I actually listened to was Zen's and of course, Zen is pretty theatrical so when I actually heard him going "muah!" I was so creeped out, I backpedaled extremely fast and starting shutting Zen down. It didn't help with Jaehee Kang (an avid fan of Zen's work) constantly on my case though...
there Jaehee I hope you're happy, man you're so naggy >__>
With me backing out and becoming extremely anti-social with the characters, it wasn't a surprise that I went down the bad route. The game is divided into segments and the first segment always ends with one of the characters talking about a "weird" dream, where they dreamt that they were all "artificial intelligences" in a "game" and that "nothing was real". This was a really cool segment and the game does this a couple of times, which I call the 'breaking the fourth wall' effect.
Look at 707 breaking the fourth wall and talking about the routes that the game has.
The game then warns of branching before taking it's new route. My route ended with Yoosung getting kidnapped which, to be extremely honest, left me absolutely horrified. Basically, this was my reaction: (disbelief, incoherent screaming, denial, more denial, followed by a renewed desire to play the game again and this time, doing it correctly).

So of course, I HAD to restart the game and save Yoosung. I felt terribly guilty about getting him kidnapped (although I'm STILL not sure how and which decisions of mine got him kidnapped). I played the game again, this time being super nice to Yoosung.

Let me say, this game is extremely cliche at times but at other times, it's super sweet. Of course, at the start it's all really creepy (cause there's like, four male characters jumping in your face for attention and you only have a total of two responses to pick from) but once you get used to it, it's not that bad. The story is nice, the characters have their own quirks and it gets enjoyable.
However, this whole game works in real time. That means that characters will be online and chatting at specific times of the day, so if you're like, spending most of your day in college without wifi, you're going to be missing A LOT of chats and calls. You can make up for it by spending hourglasses to take part in conversations that have already passed, or to unlock the entire conversation list of the next day. However, hourglasses are difficult to gather.

If you're interested in interactive story-telling like this, you should definitely try this game out and complete at least one route. After completing the Yoosung route, I started the game again in 'deep' story mode and tried going down the Jumin Han route (but I got fed up of his cat obsession and tried switching to the 707 route midway) but of course, like I said before, the game worked in real time and I did not have time to spare.

I give this game a rating of 4/5! Check it out and let me know what you think of it :)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Having A Schedule While Blogging

I recently commented on a post on Instagram where the poster asked for help in regards to scheduling for their blog. I thought it would be interesting if I shared about what I do with my blog schedule and hopefully, it would motivate me to keep posting regularly!

Before I start, I just want to say that writing a blog is not as easy as it looks. A lot of people think that blogging is just like a diary, you write whatever you want and press publish. Unfortunately, things don't work like that. Yeah you could treat your blog as a diary or a text dump, but it doesn't really bring in readers the way a properly structured post with pictures and content does.
You could say that blogging isn't all about readers and stats and comments and stats, but admit it. A lot of us find the number of reads and the number of comments a big motivator to keep writing. And to pull these views in, you need to put genuine effort into your blog. You have to make it look pleasing to the eye, the content has to be catchy and the reader should be like "oh! this was fun to read!".

Once you've established yourself a good blog- a quality blog- then you have to maintain the quality and one major way you can do this is to post on a regular basis. I can't tell you how many blogs I've come across that had amazing content and I loved their posts, only to find out that the last post they wrote was in June 2016 and there's been no announcement about them leaving. Or you follow a blog and that's when they stop posting.

Let me say this loud and clear, blogs like these lose potential followers. And to prevent this from happening to your blog, here are a couple of things I do.
  1. Establish when you are going to publish a post. You shouldn't post things as soon as you've finished writing them. Decide on how many days a week you'll publish. If you produce a LOT of content, consider going for three or four days a week. But if you have days when you can't write or can't publish anything, cut your posting down to once or twice a week and use your extra posts to buffer for the days you can't write anything
  2. Announce this schedule on your blog. Write in your bio "I post thrice a week" or "I post twice a month" so your readers know when to check out your blog. You could also mention it in your twitter and Instagram profile. For example, it's a standard part of my about, I write "binge seasons seasonally and blog biweekly". That lets people know that my blog is fairly active.
  3. Keep a planner. For real. Set aside little tasks to do every day, like maybe "make a graphic for new post" or "photograph the flowers in the garden" or "write down ideas for new post" or "spell check drafts". Do something every day and set aside the exact days that you will press publish. For example, my "deadline" days are Monday and Friday.
  4. Always have a large stock of pictures. Don't post just words only. Always punctuate with pictures, it helps a lot. A picture means a thousand words and no matter how small a piece of writing you post, if you add a picture, the content value jumps up and you've got yourself a decent post. If you're a primarily writing/musing blog, this can really help build a queue and create consistent activity.
  5. Don't be afraid to mix things up once in a while! If you don't feel like publishing your writing just yet, choose something else to post instead. Or if you're photography blog and you want to try an OOTD post instead of nature photography, go for it! Expand your horizons. It's your blog and you get to decide the content. Don't restrict yourself to one category.
  6. Try starting a 'series'. Like a "what did I do this week" series, or "blog-posts I liked" series, or "new blogs I read" series or whatever really! The thing about writing a series is that it already gives you an entire structure to post with, all you have to do is fill in the blanks. It's great for days when you have no idea what to write, just pull out one of the blog series and write one of those!
  7. If you really don't know what to post, how about doing those chain awards? You know, Liebster Awards and Blogger Awards. People love reading those kinds of posts, especially if you nominate your readers for doing. Not only do you get to post something people actually click to read, but you're also interacting with your fellow bloggers! Of course, don't let these awards pop up too often, cause that just becomes repetitive and kind of childish.
  8. Go out and talk to people. Whether it's your friends or blogger buddies, sometimes a fun conversation can become the perfect content for a new blogpost!
What would you advise to someone in regards to keeping a blogging schedule? Let me know in the comments below. Have a nice day!

Friday, November 4, 2016

My Favorite Youtubers #2: KhanAcademyMedicine

I started up this series and I aim to keep up with it! Surfing Youtube is a past-time that everybody enjoys. You can find a lot of things on this website to watch, whether it's painting tutorials or game channels or drama episodes or cooking shows or whatever! Even vlogs and comedy videos and cat and dog videos or documentaries or troll clips. You'll find anything and everything.

So I thought I would compile a list of some of the Youtube channels I enjoy watching. They're not in any particular order though! You can find the first of the series here. Please remember that this is just a random series about what kind of Youtubers I like! I noticed that when bloggers talk about the kind of Youtube channels they watch, everyone has different favorites and I often can't find people who like the same channels as me. I figured somebody needed to talk about these channels, so here I am with-
Okay, so today, I'm just going to talk about the greatest channel on Youtube, the one I spend hours watching and often watch one video on repeats of six or seven times because they're just that good? And they're honestly a life-saver? And everybody should know about this channel because when Kanra Khan the second year med student says they're a life-saver, you better believe they're a life saver.

Haven't guessed what channel it is?

KhanAcademy // KhanAcademyMedicine !!

I can't even begin to talk about how much I love this channel and how many hours I've spent on this channel and how unbelievably helpful this channel is. I talked about this channel briefly before, but this time I'm going to go into some more detail.


But in all seriousness. Khan Academy, created by Salman Khan, is a completely free teaching channel. Initially meant for teaching math concepts, it has expanded towards chemistry and physics as well, before launching a new channel; khanacademymedicine. And I am speaking from the bottom of my heart as a med student, that this channel is a blessing.

I'm the kind of person who gets bored really quickly. I end up opening khanacademymedicine, look for the video of the topic I need to read up and watch the video for a general overview of things. The thing about KhanAcademy is that they simplify things so much, you can't help but go "Really? That simple?". Of course, it doesn't mean you should rely solely on the videos, they just give you a really easy way to grasp the concept and make reading the textbook much much easier since now you know exactly what's happening.

So if you're starting up med school this year, really. Calm down. It's not as hard as you think. Gather your resources together and let khanacademymedicine guide you.
If you've just entered med school, here are a couple of posts you should definitely check out!
Welcome to Med School 
10 Tips on Studying Anatomy 
BioDigital Human 
Failing in Med School
If you're in high school and are struggling with maths or chemistry, please. Just use KhanAcademy. It will save you so much headache. I remember how I didn't really get chemistry in 10th grade and I was in my mock exam seasons and I heard about KhanAcademy. I watched the videos on the periodic table and oh. I loved the periodic table after that. Everything made so much sense, from the trends up and down the table to the trends left and right. These were things that I kept mixing up but KhanAcademy presented logics that stuck in my head and helped me get an A on chemistry :)

Do you use Youtube purely for entertainment or also as an educational platform? What do you think about KhanAcademy? Have a nice day!
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