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Got detailed information about what's in our asses. Thought I'd add some apples and dates to make it cozier!
 
 
//Linda
 
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I just had a test in Latin, and I got a 100%. Not because I actually know Latin, everyone gets good scores thanks to pass papers haha. The teacher will truly have a shock at the finals. Anyway, so we're having sports at 5, and gaps equals coffees- always!
 
 
Here is Jana and Emelie in "Medic" with me. This is the cafe we usually hang out in, and basically spend all our money. 
 
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How it all began

I decided that I wanted to fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor shortly after my birthday this May. In August I was accepted to a medical university. I know, fast worker. How did I make it all happen? 

I was already studying while I was living in Stockholm. I was in a bacholor's programme with a major in "Enterprise Planning Systems", basically informatics. I choose it because i had been working with something similar (or at least that's what I thought it would be when I applied for it) at "Ericsson", a worldwide IT company. I had connections there, my dad's an engineer, everybody was talking so much of how IT is the future for women so I choose to try to study it  at Stockholm University. It was a really good education, I had really nice friends and I knew I was going to have a job straight after my educatuion since the world is breathing data these days. But the problem was: this absolutely NOT right for me. 

I felt straight as I sat down on my first lecture of "Computer Science" that I'm misplaced. Every word the professor said was going in through one ear and then out of the other one. I just thought I didn't follow it, that I could study at home and then it would be better. It was only the first le´cture so it's probably normal I thought. 
But this was unfortunatly a repeating situation, and eventually I realized I was misplaced, because everyone else seemed to actually enjoy it. I really didn't like any of the courses I took during the whole year. Everytime I went to school I felt stomach pain, I could barely concentrate while studying because I thought it was so boring and eventually I even stopped caring. I became a bit depressed by it among the way and at the end of the second semester, I barely touched the books, I didn't even try anymore. Was my life really going to consist of all this boring things I can't even stand? 

Well, I always wanted to be a doctor, I just didn't have the average for getting accepted into a Swedish university. Therefore, I didn't even dare to dream about becoming one for real and I didn't dig so deep into this idea. 

One in day in May, my cousin and I were having a conversation about what she would do after her high school graduation. She told me she had applied for a Latvian univeristy to study medicine. I hadn't even given this alternative a thought since it costs a lot of money and I wouldn't dare to ask my parents, even though I know they would do anything for me. She told me I should call the agency who helped her just to check out what it was all about. 
So I did, and appaerantly I was already in their database since 4 years because I talked to them about it back then. I had completely forgotten about this, but I took it as a sign...
The agency and I talked for hours this time. They explained that it was a bit late to apply to most universities but that the application for a Slovak university was still open, and that the entrance exam would be held in the middle of August. I said "I'm in" without a second of doubt, cancelled almost all my summer plans, told my boss at work I'm not coming to work during the summer and I started to prepare myself for the exam. I had two months to learn great topics of chemistry and biology, luckily with provided material from the agency but still only two months (!!!).

I took the test on the 18th of August and a few days later I got the message that I was accepted. My best friend was with me and I instantly called my family to tell them the great news. 
This was defently one of the happiest days of my life, all my friends was so supportive and happy, as well as my dear family.

So that's the story! Short version haha. I decided there is no limit for doing what I'm passionate about, I'll move anywhere and do almost anything for it, and I can't explain how happy I am it turned out this way. 
Only one thing left though: SURVIVING MEDSCHOOL...

 

// Linda

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Swedish student in Slovakia

Good evening (night)!

I thought I could write a bit about my life here so far!
I'm a 1st year student of General Medicine at Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia.
It's an international programme, everything is in English. People come from all around the world to study here so it's such an amazing and multi-cultural atmosphere. I've met some good old swedes, but I've also met some really awesome Germans, Spanish etc that I'm also hanging out with.

 I have mostly general subjects that are not so related to medicine per se, like Slovak, Biology, Latin, Chemistry(that one is a killer), but I do have Anatomy, which is of course the favorite, though it's a lot to take in.

It was only like the second week and already the first thing I see when I entered the dissection room on the Anatomy department was hands, arms and shoulders of dead bodies laying on the tables. It was quite amazing, the skin was pealed off, and we could see the muscles, the joints and parts of the bones. I couldn't bare the smell of the formalin though, it's truly awful and to this day I still cannot stand it. I had to go out for two minutes to breathe from it because it was really sticking in the nose, and making me dizzy. 
The third week, as we entered the dissection rooms we now found two cadavers on the tables, with pealed skin and visible nerves, arteries and veins. 
Here in Slovakia they expect you to be tough from the day you come out your mother, so a pre hint is not offered nor will it ever occur to their mind! I don't mind this though, cause when you get two bodies like that in front of you without a warning there will not be any time to be nervous about it, and no one seemed to have a problem with it in my class either.
Now we work with cadavers every week. Still hate the smell, but I've taken it well. 

Even though it is a lot to do all the time, me and the girls try to go out and have some wine on fridays, I'm on a café tour of this town haha and me and my roomie always find time to do our nails. 

// Linda

 

 

 
Anna and me before the "Matriculation ceremony". We can never get serious 
picture of this girl.


This was on my roomate Emelie's birthday
(Anna, Cherpa, Emelie, Johanna, Jana)

"Lekarska Fakulta", the Faculty of Medicine which I study at.
 
 
One of those wine nights I mentioned!
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Getting started!

I'm Linda, a 22 year old woman and I recently moved from Sweden to Slovakia to study medicine. I am now starting a blog that my friends and family can check to have updates of my journey, my thoughts, wine and some unecassary daily news.

So far I've been here since the beginning of September. It might seem like a short time but I already did and learned so much, can't wait to write about it in detail! 

 

 Catch up later!

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