So far, I’m finding the first year workload manageable – it’s just like biomed, but with a few extra clinically focused classes . The foundation block test results came back and I was content with my 27/30 – from the biomed to med transition, I definitely feel like I care less about my marks, rather I feel like I care more about enjoying the work-life balance. In terms of content, we’ve just finished the cardiovascular block and started on the respiratory block.
In other news, I’m excited to announce that my mate and I have successfully auditioned for the Music Therapy volunteering program at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Not only that, but I’ve finally upgraded from my Baby Taylor to an acoustic/electric GS Mini and I love it! We’re working on a handful of songs, including: The Sound Of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel), Blackbird (The Beatles), Yesterday (The Beatles), Imagine (John Lennon), Fix You (Coldplay), Yellow (Coldplay), Photograph (Ed Sheeran) and Georgia (Vance Joyce) With that being said, I am planning on resigning from my volunteer role as ward assist.
Over the Easter long weekend, rather than volunteering at the Teddy Bear Hospital, I decided to go on a road trip with some mates. We originally wanted to go camping at Wilson’s Promontory, but because we left everything until the last minute, we ended up camping in a small town called Loch. From there, we drove up to Jam Jerrup on the first day and attempted to go fishing – we didn’t catch anything except for 2 baby crabs and a handful of baby pipis, which we released. On the second day, we drove down to Inverloch and Venus bay, and this time we were lucky in catching 2 baby fish – which we also released. For our final day, we drove down to Wilson’s Prom, where we hiked up Mt. Oberon and visited Squeaky Beach.
As for the rest of my Easter break, it’s time to get studying and practising on those songs!
Chilling at Mt. Oberon and Squeaky Beach:
Now that my mini-swotvac is coming to an end, it’s time for some reflection.
I kicked off my Easter break volunteering for the Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is one of the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Good Friday Appeal (GFA) fundraising activities. The aim of the event was to introduce the hospital environment to children by encouraging them to bring along their teddy bears for treatment. All in all, I had a great time. I was initially stationed for colouring and photography, but instead I ended up at ticketing for the whole day. There I was working with a 3rd year MD student (being the face of the TBH) to raise funds for the GFA. It was $5 for a child’s teddy to visit the TBH and $10 for 2 or more children with teddies, but if you didn’t have money on you then any donation was fine. Throughout our shift, they gave us some amazing chocolate snack, some hot cross buns, and Krispy Kreme donuts at the end. Unfortunately, for those interested in volunteering at the TBH, you have to be a University of Melbourne student, either studying a post-graduate health science course or be in 3rd year biomedicine – which I think is a little unfair on the science students.
Donning half of the mascot costume – maybe I’ll wear the full one next year:
As for the rest of my Easter break, I’ve been studying and learning guitar. I have a couple of mid-semester tests in the next couple of weeks, and during that period of time I also have a couple of training days for the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) volunteer service and an Australian Chinese Medical Association Victoria (ACMAV) seminar – not to mention my taekwondo competition! In terms of time management, it’s going to get tough, but the tough get going.
Anyways, I’ll leave you guys with a dirty mnemonic of the carpal bones that I picked up from another anatomy student. From the proximal row of 4 going from lateral to medial, to distal row of 4 going from lateral to medial:
- Scaphoid Luntae Triquetrum Pisiform, Trapezium Trapezoid Canpitate Hamate
- Some Lovers Try Positions That They Cannot Handle
Halfway through the semester and it’s time to escape from the piling tower of work biomedicine entails, to head on a road trip, to run away with friends and forget everything about being a university student.
Because I heard positive reviews from my friend about Cathedral Ranges, that it was “like the 1,000 steps Kokoda track memorial walk on steroids”, I had to see it for myself. So when we were deciding on what to do during the break, I persuaded my new group of friends to drive down with me and connect with mother nature.
Preparation included loading our cars with food and drink and booking accommodation in the middle of nowhere.
Cathedral Ranges is a 2 hour drive from Melbourne CBD along Maroondah Highway east-bound. We met up at my house at 9.30 and I introduced my dog Rhyno to them before departing. The drive was longer than we expected because we actually missed one of the turns by 15km. By the time we got there it was about midday and we got lost for a bit because we didn’t know where the track started. The ascent:
Overall, the scenery was rewarding and the exercise was thoroughly enjoyed. It took us about 5 and a half hours for the return trip of 460m in altitude and we had someone with medical issues throughout the trek. The weather could have been sunnier though, but I suppose we were grateful the rain held out until the next morning and not during our journey. We actually danced with death when we accidentally took the wrong pathway that traversed the edge of the peak.
After the descent, we headed straight to our booked accommodation in Warburton as it was the cheapest we could find in the vicinity Cathedral Ranges. Funny thing is that Google Maps mislead us to yet again take the longer route. It was 35km of bends that had no cars and my friend almost hit a deer. But the true dilemma arose when we arrived and realised that the kitchenette advertised did not include a stove so we couldn’t cook a lot of the food we were looking forward to eating. Instead, we just cooked up a storm of noodles.