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Want to learn how I achieved THIS amazing twist out?? Keep reading below to learn how!

how to do a twist out

 

how to do a twist out

 

how to do a twist out

 

how to do a twist out

 

how to do a twist out

 

how to do a twist out

So, for the first time EVER I figured out how to do a twist out. I’ve been natural for a while so it’s kind of embarrassing how the only thing I could do was a wash and go and puff for almost 3 years. Typically, I do wash and goes every 3-7 days (depends on how lazy I am) and wear it in a high puff when it starts to frizz. A few posts back, I mentioned how I went on a cruise and spent two weeks in the Caribbean and Florida. The trip was amazing and I had so much fun BUT all that sun and salt water wrecked havoc on my hair. Ultimately, I ended up giving myself a much needed trim and cut off 1-1.5 inches in some spots #oops. After the trim, I tried my usual wash and go but the shrinkage is SO real so decided that I wanted to finally master a few stretched styles including a twist out as I wait for my hair to get long again.

In attempts to master a twist out, I tried so many combinations of hair products in my hair product arsenal (I have WAY too many). In fact the photos from this blog post were after a failed twist out, but thankfully I was able to salvage it to get my blog pictures done. The other day, I was randomly playing in my hair out of boredom and decided to try a new combination of products. I used my favorite moisturizer and my favorite oil and paired that with a gel I rarely ever use and I was blown away. Here’s how I did it:

how to do a twist out

From left to right:
1. Eco Styler Gel (olive oil)
2.Etae Camelux Hair Gloss
3. Mielle Organics Avocado Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk
4.Creme of Nature Strength and Shine Leave in Conditioner (argan oil line)

And here are the EXACT STEPS I used to achieve this PERFECT TWIST OUT! I realized that it was  the gel as well as how I twisted my ends that made the biggest difference!

STEP 1: Use Leave In

I started with old dry hair from a previously failed twist out. If you’re starting with freshly washed hair, let most of it dry before you start. The wetter the hair, the more shrinkage you’ll get. Spray just enough to make your hair slightly damp but not wet. I also finger detangle in this step since my Creme of Nature Leave In softens my hair.

how to do a twist out

Step 2: Moisturize & Detangle

I use the one pictured below. I LOVE this moisturizer so so so much. It’s creamy and leaves my hair super soft. It is very similar to the Camille Rose Naturals Macadamia Love Moisturizer but because of my tree nut allergy I can’t use the CRN one anymore. The Mielle Organics is a great alternative and truthfully, I like it a lot better. I’ve always heard that avocado oil was great for the hair but I never tried any products with it before this. This product really makes me want to try avocado masks and avocado oil to seal as well.

how to do a twist out

Step 3: Seal

I love this oil by Etae. It is my absolute favorite. Personally, I prefer all natural oils to silicone alternatives. I find that my hair has the best shine and maximum softness with natural oils. This oil is an olive oil plus a blend of other herbal oils. It cost me $15 so you can likely save by mixing oils on your own, but I’m no mixologist so I’ll repurchase this again. One thing I love about this oil is that it is very light and doesn’t weigh down my hair, even when its straight.

Step 5: Apply Gel/ Styler

I rarely use Eco Styler Gel. It works well for my wash and go’s but I typically use  Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker for those. I don’t know what possessed me to pick up my jar of Eco Styler but I’m so glad I did. After my hair is moisturized, oiled and detangled, I work in small sections and apply a little dollop of gel throughout the section from root to tip before I make a twist. No need to over saturate your hair, just make sure that every strand is coated.

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Step 6: Twist

Like I mentioned before, I like to work in small sections and apply my gel right before I twist each section. When you twist your hair, make sure you’re starting at the root and that it’s tight at the base. If you start with a loose twist you’re going to lose definition and have puffiness at the roots. If needed you can start off with a braid to “catch the roots” and then switch to a twist for the length of the hair. I do this on my shorter sections that unravel easily. When you are about 1/2-1/4 of an inch from the tips of your hair, just twirl the end around your fingers. If needed you can add a little bit of gel to your fingers while you twirl. This ensures that when you take down your twists, you don’t have to pick at the ends to unravel them and cause frizz. I thought that my hair was going to unravel but it didn’t. Doing my ends this way made the biggest difference in the outcome of my twist outs.

how to do a twist out

Step 7: Untwist

Before you take down your hair make sure your hair is FULLY dry. I like to rub a little oil in the palms of my hands before I untwist to reduce frizz. Remember how I told you not to twist all the way down, and “twirl” the ends of your hair around your finger instead? This is where that trick saves you! I like to grab the middle of a twist and simply pull the two halves of the twists apart. Because you didn’t twist all the way down the bottom half should untwist easily with a slight pull. After the bottom half is untwisted, I carefully separate the two halves of the twist until I reach the root. I try not to separate the twists any further until all the twists are untwisted. Below I included a picture of my hair once I untwisted all the twists. Notice how each twist is shiny, soft, and defined? There’s no frizz because I took my time and I didn’t separate the twists more than their two halves.

how to do a twist out

Step 7: Fluff & Go

From there, I start to separate my hair no more than 2 times per section. The more you separate the more frizz you’ll get. I shake my hair out and use my pick to fluff out my roots for fullness.

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And there you have it… the easiest way to learn how to do a twist out. I hope this helps you on your journey to achieving healthy natural hair. Let me know in the comments below how this method works for you!

xo, Trisha

P.S. I recently got Photoshop and had WAY too much fun playing with colors and backgrounds. Please excuse any rough spots in my photos as I’m only a beginner! I promise to get better from here though!

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Sketchy Medical Review

 

Today on the blog I’m going to share with you my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE study tool in medical school. Seriously, this was the best study tool ever, and I rarely missed pharm or micro questions because of it. You may have heard of Sketchy Medical from your med school friends. Or if you are active in the online med IG community, you probably saw a few med students screenshotting their Sketchy scenes in one of their #studyspo pictures. These videos saved my life in medical school so today I’m sharing my Sketchy Medical review PLUS tips on how to use it to maximize your learning experience.

So when I first heard of Sketchy, it was called Sketchy Micro because at the time they only had videos related to microbiology. Now Sketchy has rebranded into Sketchy Medical, which includes Sketchy Micro (all the micro videos) plus the new Sketchy Pharm (all of the pharmacology videos).

 

Sketchy Medical Review

 

I first got introduced to Sketchy Medical when I was in Haiti during the summer before my second year. I met medical students from other schools and one of them told me about Sketchy Medical and Picmonic. Picmonic is another video tool that uses images to put things into memory. My friend played the Picmonic E. coli video for me and then she played the Sketchy Micro E. coli video and truthfully, only the Sketchy one stuck. I’m not trying to bash Picmonic in anyway, but the sketches were random, the plot lines made no sense, and it just seemed all over the place.

But for whatever reason the Sketchy video made sense, the story line drew my attention, and even though I never took micro before (my school does micro during second year),  I could literally tell you all the high yield facts about E. coli off the top of my head. When I got back to the states, I told my classmate about Sketchy and she said some of the older students at our school recommended it. I was impressed to find that even though several weeks have passed (and I still didn’t start micro yet), I STILL remembered the Sketchy E. coli video and from that point on I was hooked.

SKETCHY MEDICAL REVIEW: MY OVERALL IMPRESSIONS

PROS:

  • Easy to use
  • Memorable videos
  • There’s a review option that you can use to quiz yourself on the facts of a video before moving on to the next one
  • The Sketchy Micro videos are relatively short
  • Aligns with First Aid including those minor details you may have missed when reading
  • The memory hooks are constant throughout the entire Sketchy Micro & Sketchy Pharm (for instance, red stools are always representative of bloody diarrhea) which helps with memory retention

CONS:

  • Sketchy Pharm Videos are much longer than Sketchy Micro videos. They are still just as useful, but I had to dedicate more time to watching them

CHANGES I’D LIKE TO SEE:

  • A bunch of people like to print their Sketchy scenes and take notes directly on the picture. I wish Sketchy would offer PDF images of each scene for those who want to take notes on their iPad or an optional spiral bound notebook with those color images for people who want to take notes by hand. However I guess this is really not that big of a deal though since you could technically screenshot or print the images yourself.
  • If they could tell you what pages all the information was found in First Aid then that would be AMAZING! First Aid is organized kind of weird in my opinion. For instance on one page you’ll have XYZ bacteria but then a few pages layers the same bacteria is repeated in a table with new information. If Sketchy could consolidate this for each video and say for example the Strep Pyogenes Video (aka Pie Genies’ Bakery for you Sketchy Masters out there) could be listed as “Strep Pyogenes: Pie Genies’ Bakery (FA 2017: pgs 122-123, 147). This way if you wanted to take notes or follow along in First Aid (which I did sometimes), you knew exactly where to go.
  • I would like to see an updated review method. The way the review works is that there’s a picture of the final sketchy scene and a red dot over the images that have a fact associated with them. If you hover over the dot it reveals the vital fact associated with that part of the scene. It works well on my laptop, but sometimes I can’t see the red dot if it blends into the scene. I’d also like to have improved review on mobile devices since this feature didn’t work well on my iPhone.

EXAMPLE OF SKETCHY MICRO

Here you can find a short playlist of some Sketchy Micro Videos (note: this isn’t my playlist… I just found this with a quick google search). I’m sharing this so it will give you an example of the videos and you can make an informed choice if it’s for you or not.

SKETCHY vs. COMPETITORS

Okay so Sketchy isn’t the only visual learning aid available. I mentioned it earlier how I watched comparable Picmonic videos. Some people like Picmonic because it covers ALL of first aid (I think Sketchy is working on doing this and if not they should… SKETCHY ARE YOU READING THIS? IF SO YOU REALLY SHOULD CREATE A STEP 1 COURSE, K THANKS! – SINCERELY, ALL MED STUDENTS WHO WANT TO ACE THE USMLE STEP 1).

My issue with Picmonic was that it was all over the place for me. I tried using it during second year to learn the blood flow of the brain stem but the images and story lines didn’t make sense. It was just too much visual stimulation. Personally, the organization of sketchy works best for me. I have friends who swear by Picmonic but I personally don’t recommend them.

To make the best choice for you, try watching sample videos of each and see what you like more. I have friends who use both (Sketchy for micro and pharm and Picmonic for everything else). It’s really up to you and at the end of the day, you should pick what’s best for you and your grades.

TIPS FOR STUDYING WITH SKETCHY MEDICAL

Okay so you’re either 1 of 2 students reading this right now. Student 1: Has not taken micro or pharm (or is in the middle of it) and needs something to supplement their studying during the school year. Student 2 has finished his/ her preclinical years and is researching study resources for Step 1. Truthfully, I think Student 1 will benefit more from Sketchy Medical only because those memory hooks will be solidified over the course of the pre-clinical studies. So by the time Student 1 starts studying for Step 1, they will be REWATCHING the videos and not seeing them for the first time. Repetition is key with memorizing and memory hooks. Student 2 can definitely benefit as well, but he/ she will just have to ensure they manage their time well since there are a lot of videos. Depending on the amount of time Student 2 has for their dedicated Step study period, they may want to prioritize the videos from the topics they need help with the most and save the rest for if they have time at the end. Which student are you? Here’s what I’d suggest for each one:

  • STUDENT 1: currently in his pre-clinical years
    • Every med school curriculum is different. My school doesn’t have a pharm block and instead has a pharm thread throughout year 1 and year 2. We don’t even see Micro until year 2. Other schools do things differently. Either way, I’d suggest watching the relevant videos as they come up in your med school curriculum. So if your teacher mentions Strep in class then make sure you watch the strep videos. If you are learning the sympathomimetics, then watch those videos after your corresponding lectures. By the way, the videos are a REVIEW OF EVERYTHING. So depending on how your curriculum is designed, there may be things in the videos that aren’t relevant to what you’re learning in class at the current moment. It’s okay, just keep watching the videos as you learn the topics in school. Even though all the facts may not be relevant at first, they will be relevant for Step 1. You can either ignore the “non-relevant” facts for the time being and focus on what you need to know for your exam. Or, because the videos are so easy to watch and have digestible information, you can just save the “non-relevant” facts for later (this is what I did) since they will be relevant eventually. By using Sketchy with their curriculum, Student 1 will see all of the videos by the time they study for Step 1. So now, they can use their dedicated study time to simply re-watch the videos they forgot or re-watch their weaker subjects.
  • STUDENT 2: currently studying for Step 1 or about to study for Step 1
    • If I were in this situation, I would prioritize my weaknesses. I am good with bacteria and fungi and I’m weaker with viruses, protozoa and antibiotic drugs. As a result, I would prioritize watching the videos corresponding to my weaker subjects first. If you’re studying for Step 1, make sure to leave time for UWorld and other studying tools. You shouldn’t spend every day of your dedicated period watching Sketchy Medical for 10 hrs. Perhaps watch one or two videos as a warm up to your study day, or at the end of your day to wrap up.

How to get Sketchy Medical?

You can purchase Sketchy Micro, Sketchy Pharm, or  both here. There’s also options to get group or institutional discounts. Personally I used both and recommend getting the combined plan.

 


Okay well that’s my Sketchy Review! Seriously, this was my ABSOLUTE favorite study material. My friend and I used project the videos to the huge flat screen TV we had in our classrooms and just watch them while we ate snacks. After we finished a set we would quiz each other on the details before moving on. I have friends who screenshotted the scenes and took notes on the pictures on their iPad. Others printed out the notes and had a “Sketchy Workbook” where they took notes on the videos. Personally, I randomly jotted down notes in First Aid but honestly, I don’t know why I did that because the info was almost always there already.

 

What are your favorite study resource for medical school? If you like these reviews then let me know with a comment down below! I’d be happy to review more resources and books on the blog!

 

xo, Trisha

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If you follow me on Instagram you’d know that I recently went on vacation to the Caribbean and Florida. It was a relaxing 2 weeks filled with sunshine (and sunburn) and lots of  fun. I took a 5 night Western Caribbean trip on the Carnival Conquest and we visited Jamaica and the Grand Cayman islands. Cruises can be cheap ways to travel and see multiple countries, however there were a few things that I wish I knew before boarding. Are you planning to cruise soon? If so, keep reading for a list of things to know before cruising.

Carnival Conquest, Things to know before cruising

1. UNLIMITED food

If you plan on losing weight on board the cruise ship then think again. Food is EVERYWHERE on this boat. Yes, you can pick from the salad bar and choose the healthiest options, but what’s the fun in that? There are multiple food packages available but mostly you’ll have a choice of eating in the dining room or eating at the buffet. Note that the dining room is an ADD ON and even if you pick that option you can still eat at the buffet whenever you want.

The dining room has a preset menu each day (appetizer, meal, and dessert for each person) and you just show up to the dining room restaurant during your assigned dining time (see below for best times to pick). If you don’t like you meal you can always get a new one or if you’re still hungry you can request more food. Keep in mind that the dining room will have have assigned formal dining nights. So if you don’t feel like dressing up those nights (usually 1 or 2 nights during your cruise) then you can eat at one of the restaurants or the buffet.

Also select items on the room service menu are free 24/7.

2. Which Dining reservation to pick — Early or late dining?

If you choose to eat in the restaurant styled dining room then you’re going to have to select an eating time. My party selected the early dining time. You had to arrive to the dining room between 6-6:30pm. If not, then there was a chance that you wouldn’t be able to be seated. Truthfully, I preferred the earlier time, but because we had a large party with kids, sometimes we went over the allocated 1.5 hrs to eat and we were rushed away so they can prep for the next dining group. However, keep in mind that the next dining time (8pm) may overlap with some of the late night activities and shows available. So if you plan on attending shows it may be worthwhile to go with the earlier dining option.

Carnival Conquest, Things to know before cruising, Trisha Therese

3. The truth about beverages on cruise ships

ALCOHOL: It varies from cruise to cruise but for the most part you’ll be limited to 2-3 bottles of wine that you can bring with you and that’s all. If you’re trying to be drunk during your whole vacation, then your best bet is to get a drinking package. Keep in mind these packages are $45-65 PER DAY PER PERSON, which can get pretty pricey. Carnival has a rule that if one person in a room gets a drink package then every person over 21 on the boat has to get a drink package. Carnival also limits you to 15 drinks per day. Not that I’m encouraging you to drink more than 15 drinks, but I’m just trying to be as transparent as possible. Not all cruise ships have these limits, I’ve only cruised with Carnival so I only know their rules. There are stories of people “smuggling” alcohol on the boat. I mean it’s possible and people do it all the time. But I’m not going to talk about that here.

SODA: Soda is not free. Personally, I don’t drink soda unless I’m out or if it’s a special occasion but I was surprised to find that I’d be charged for some Coca-Cola if I wanted some. Everyone gets water and juice that’s served at the buffet. You are allowed to bring unopened cans of soda for free if you’d like but there’s a limit and you have to check with your cruise line/ travel agent for the limits regarding your cruise.

WATER: If you don’t drink anything but bottled water then get prepared to pay up. I’m pretty sure the water provided was filtered (it came from a special machine) and it tasted fine

JUICE: Juice is included for free on the boat

4. You’re not getting an authentic experience at port

When you get to your port, you have the morning and most of the afternoon to venture out. The cruise will provide excursions that you can pre-purchase. The good part is that they organize transportation and you can ensure that you will get back to the boat on time and not get left behind (the boat WILL LEAVE YOU if you’re not back on time). Depending on your purpose of the cruise, these excursions may or may not be enough for you. If you simply want to swim with dolphins, see a popular attraction, then you’ll be satisfied. But if you want to experience the culture, really engage with locals, have authentic food, or spend multiple days in a country then you’d be better off booking a trip to that destination for a few days. Although, some longer cruises will give you multiple days at port, which will allow you to stay overnight at a location.

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5. If you have kids they will love cruising

There are kids clubs and kids activities. All you do is drop your kids off and then the kids counselors have itineraries and activities planned to last them the whole day.

6. Check out the on-board activities BEFORE you book

My dad got pretty bored on the boat. On our way to Jamaica, we spent 2 days at sea and by day 2 he had cabin fever. He likes activities but unfortunately our boat didn’t have much to do during the day. There are cruise boats with race car simulations, sky diving simulations, rock climbing, IMAX theaters, ropes courses, and other activities. If those things don’t entice you, or if you like having the freedom to go wherever you want whenever you want, then maybe a cruise isn’t for you. I am typically very active and I’m always go, go go so personally I enjoyed the change of pace. I had several days of relaxation and I enjoyed at sea days because I had nothing better to do than lounge and read, which are things I rarely have time for with my hectic schedule. Although, next time I cruise I will definitely pick a boat with more activities and things to do.

Carnival Conquest, Things to know before cruising, Trisha Therese

7. Save money by planning your own excursions/ travel at port

When my group arrived to the Grand Cayman Islands we were bombarded with a plethora of excursions and travel/ tour groups. We were offered to ride for $20/ person to get to the beach and to the famous turtle sanctuary. We decided against it and discovered that the “buses” in the Grand Cayman were actually mini vans that traveled along the main routes of the island. We ended up riding for $2 per person to all of our destinations as well as back to the dock. Not every country is safe enough for you to hop on public transportation, so do some research online and see what previous cruisers did. Sometimes, it is better, safer and more affordable to travel with the cruise line. But other times, you may snag a great deal by researching beforehand.

8. The cruise isn’t a full “XYZ days”

This is how my cruise schedule went:

  • DAY 1: get on the boat around 12pm (others were scheduled to board on as late as 3pm), cruise boat leaves around 5:00pm, required safety orientation for about 30-60 min. By the time that ended, we had to bring our suitcases into the cabins (they leave them in front of your cabin door) and go to dinner
  • DAY 2: At Sea
  • DAY 3: At Sea
  • DAY 4: Jamaica (10am-3pm)
  • DAY 5: Grand Cayman Islands (10am-3pm)
  • DAY 6: At Sea (leave the boat at 8am)

As you can see Day 1 and Day 6 don’t count because you’re really not able to do much since they’re not full days. The cruise was advertised as a 5 night (6 day) cruise but I really only had 4 full days.

Carnival Conquest, Things to know before cruising

9. The cruise clubs and lounges are poppin’

So I actually didn’t go to the club. I was with family and that’s really not something I’m trying to do with them. But I walked by it and it looked like fun and the music sounded great. Although I don’t like clubs, I wouldn’t mind going if I was on board with a group of friends just so we can dance together or just people-watch (let’s be real, clubs are magnets for some serious characters).

I did hit up the comedy shows with my family though and those were hilarious. Just to let you know, when they say 18+ comedy they mean it. Maybe sit by the back so you have an easy exit if you’re easily offended or don’t like crude jokes. Don’t worry, they have family comedy shows that are just as entertaining and safe for kiddies!

I didn’t go to any of the other performances and shows, so I can’t comment on them, but my family members who did go, really enjoyed them.

Carnival Conquest, things to know before cruising

 

10. Your trip is what you make it

I wish we had gotten on a bigger ship with more activities. But I took advantage of what was available to me. I also wish that I could have stayed in Grand Cayman and Jamaica longer but I decided to be positive and see it as a “taste” or preview of each country and added them to my must visit in the future list. It’s really easy to get bored or tired on a cruise but with the right attitude and an open mind you can definitely have lots of fun.

Personally, I plan on cruising again and I REALLY want to do a Disney cruise. After some research I’d also LOVE to go on the Norweigan Cruise Line Norweigan Escape (because of the attractions on that boat) and the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas which is the largest cruise ship in the world. Have you gone on a cruise? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

Carnival Conquest, things to know before cruising, Trisha Therese

xo, Trisha

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First of all I hope you all had a blessed and happy new year. I can’t believe its already 2017! Where did the time go?! It seriously feels like 2016 started and ended so quickly. Late last year I received a few emails asking if I could share more about my outfits and fashion. I was hesitant for many reasons. First of all, I don’t consider myself to be the most fashionable. I like cute things and I like to match and I can put together a decent outfit but I am by no means a fashionista or fashion expert. Second of all, up until this point I did not have a reliable quality camera so most pics were taken on my iPhone. I know some people sing praises about iPhone photo quality, but it just wasn’t cutting it for me. So while I made my iPhone work for other lifestyle shots, I knew I needed something a bit more powerful for outfit posts.

But guess what happened guys?! I got blessed with one of the greatest Christmas gifts ever… a new DSLR camera! It was very timely because my friend Ije from Klassy Kinks was telling me that if I wanted to improve my blog and grow my following, one of the first things that I needed to work on was upgrading my pictures. I knew she was right but at the time, a new camera just wasn’t in the budget. Thankfully, Christmas was a few weeks after and Santa was so generous with his gifts. With this new camera, I feel more comfortable sharing outfit photos simply because I know they will be much better quality. With that being said, I do worry that my outfit posts may be a bit boring. I have luxury taste on TJ Maxx budget. But if there’s any of you who are students as well who want to learn how to snag a deal or find a quality dupe on the latest trends then I hope you find my fashion posts beneficial.

Consider this one of the many changes coming to Three Thousand Miles. I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, and it’s crazy how much my blog and I have changed this past year. This is the longest I’ve committed to anything recently so it’s truly a testimony that this site is still going strong.

Anyways today’s post is all about Stuart Weitzman dupes! If you follow a few fashion/ lifestyle blogs you know that these boots are EVERYWHERE. Every other blogger I see online is touting around in these over the knee classics. Not gonna lie, I have tried to find EVERY WAY POSSIBLE TO GET MY HANDS ON THESE. But at the end of the day, going without internet, and rationing my food and electricity usage JUST ISN’T WORTH IT lol. Even though the originals were out of my budget I loved the look and was determined to find the look for less. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this past summer I got myself a pair of the Sam Edelman Kent Over the Knee Boots. Because I bought them over the summer, I  forgot about them until I was in NY for the holidays. I wore them for the first time in NY and I received compliments ALL DAY on these beauties. Unfortunately I don’t remember how much I paid for them during the N-sale (not more than $150) but you can find them here for $152.

(pssstt… wanna learn more about how I snag AMAZING Nordstrom deals? Check out my post all about it by clicking here)

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Three Thousand Miles Blog | Stuart Weitzman Highland dupes | winter fashion | over the knee boots | J. Crew excursion vest | Sam Edelman Boots | Stuart Weitzman Dupes

Three Thousand Miles Blog | Stuart Weitzman Highland dupes | winter fashion | over the knee boots | J. Crew excursion vest | Sam Edelman Boots | Stuart Weitzman Dupes

Three Thousand Miles Blog | Stuart Weitzman Highland dupes | winter fashion | over the knee boots | J. Crew excursion vest | Sam Edelman Boots | Stuart Weitzman Dupes

So how do my dupes compare to the originals? Truthfully, the biggest difference to me is the zipper. The original Stuart Weitzman highlands don’t have a zipper, which I prefer. While the zipper does take away from the aesthetic of the shoe, they make them a lot more functional. It’s easier to pull up my socks if they slide down, or to pull down my pant leg so I don’t have cold ankles. Also, I’ve never tried the Stuart Weitzman shoes so I can’t compare the comfort but the Sam Edelman dupes HURT. I found this out the hard way by walking 1.5 miles in them  my first day of wearing them. These shoes get more comfortable the more you wear them but it wouldn’t hurt to invest in comfy petals for the balls of your feet for the first few wears. Additionally, I suggest that you size up. My usual 8.5 was a bit sung and the 9 fit MUCH BETTER with and without socks.

After finding those Stuart Weitzman dupes I decided to try to find dupes of other Stuart Weitzman styles. I found this post for Lowland boot dupes, which normally retail at $798.  I ended up buying the option from JC Penny but they went right back to the store. Here’s the thing about dupes guys… It’s supposed to be cheaper but it’s not supposed to LOOK cheap. I’m all for a steal, but I have too much pride to rock something raggedy or low quality looking just because its “fashion”. If I can’t afford a QUALITY alternative then it’s not for me. I ended up returning the JC Penny boots so my only Stuart Weitzman dupes are the Sam Edelman Kent boots. Perhaps in the future I’ll invest in a different color (maybe gray?) or a lower heel. I really need only one pair of over the knee boots so unless the second pair is on major sale, then I probably won’t be adding it to my collection any time soon.

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Greetings friends! As I write, I’m currently in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean somewhere, trekking to the Caribbean. I’m continually amazed by the power of technology and how it equips us. I used to love reading historical fiction books and it’s crazy to me how back in the day, people had no way of knowing the whereabouts of those at sea and now I can Facetime, call, and text my family and friends back home while on a boat.

 

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Studying in the “Study/ Library” on the cruise ship. Notice how I’m wearing my swimsuit and cover-up so I was ready to go to the pool after!

 

Honestly, I really wanted an “unplugged trip” but unfortunately school requirements means that I needed wifi and I also had to study. I long for the day when I am able to tell my assistant (yes, I want an assistant) to take my calls and emails for a week while I jet-set with my family. Until then I don’t think I can realistically say that I can totally let go of working even while on vacation. Personally, I always feel like I’m struggling to juggle what I want to do and what I need to do. Usually what I WANT to do consists of facetime, youtube, sleep, and spending money and what I NEED to do is usually 95% studying and 5% sending emails and 5% following up on things. Let’s take right now for instance. I’m currently snuggled up on my pull-out bed in my room on the cruise boat, updating the blog as a quick break, and then I’m gonna hit the books again. My parents are currently at a show with some friends. I made the choice to sit this one out since we’ll be on the island all day tomorrow and I want to fully enjoy that experience and not worry about doing work.

 

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study party… p.s. these Bose earphones are the BEST noise cancelling items headphones!

 

Was it a hard decision to make? Yes. Will it be worth it? Absolutely. So how do I do it? How do I manage to find balance in my life and juggle the things I want to do and the things I need to do. I’ll share my secret with you… you ready? It’s really simply actually. All you have to do is BE ORGANIZED and BE PREPARED TO SACRIFICE. For instance, today I knew we were spending the day at sea. I checked today’s schedule last night and there wasn’t much that really caught my eye. I just wanted to lounge by the pool and fall asleep under the sun. There was a late night performance that I was tempted by but I knew there were performances that were more enticing later on in the week. As a result, I chose for today to be my heavier study day. I made a schedule and pretty much stuck to it:

7-9am = study

9-10am = workout

10-11am = breakfast

11-12pm = shower and such

12-3pm = study in the ship’s study

3-5pm = lounge by the pool (and bring my ipad to get some reading in)

5-6pm = get ready for dinner

6-7:30pm = dinner

7:30pm = optional show or study

 

I didn’t stick to the schedule perfectly. For instance, I woke up at 8:15 instead of 7 and I decided to head to the pool at 2pm instead of 3pm. I ultimately opted out of the show tonight because there’s 2 shows tomorrow I want to watch and tomorrow we’ll be adventuring the island so I figured I’d likely get zero work done tomorrow. As a result, it made sense to grind it out now and enjoy tomorrow. I’m still going to try to get a bit of review in tomorrow am before we get to the port at 10am, but if I don’t, I won’t be too upset. I mean, I am on vacation so I deserve a bit of a break here and there.

 

For some, being organized and having a schedule is stressful. But for me it’s an essential part to juggling my obligations. As you can see, I left room for breaks, and I was realistic with my time. It was more of a guide and I am pretty flexible as well. For instance at 2pm I realized I wanted to maximize the sun as much as possible so heading out to the pool early made sense. Thankfully I’m able to study in the loudest of settings so I was unbothered while I was getting my reading done on my iPad with Caribbean tunes blaring and children screaming in the background.

 

You don’t have to create as detailed of a scheduled as mine, but at least have a plan. I know that some people feel overwhelmed by schedules so perhaps you don’t want to outline exactly when you’ll be studying but saying something like “I want to get 4 hours in of studying before dinner” is better than not having a plan at all. By having a plan, you have a way of gauging your productivity.

 

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The next secret to finding balance is to be prepared to sacrifice. I say this because sometimes, we forget that we can’t do it all. On this trip I knew I’d have to sacrifice something. Ultimately, I chose to sacrifice some of the cruise activities like the show tonight. My other options were to sacrifice sleep, time with family, or sacrifice my study time, but none of those worked for me. Accepting that sacrifices are part of the hustle makes it easier when it comes time to actually give something up. During the cruise, it was hard to walk away from the rest of the group, but it was slightly easier because I already mentally prepared myself that I’d be giving up a few things on this journey of mine. Also keep in mind that school and work doesn’t have to always be the priority. There have been plenty of times that academics came second to my well-being and happiness (thankfully my med school is pass/fail so because grades don’t matter it’s easier to make this sacrifice).

 

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At the end of the day finding balance takes a lot of work. But with a little bit of planning and a little bit of sacrifice you can truly make anything happen. Okay I’m off to get more work done but I hope this post encourages you to get after whatever it is that you’ve been pulling off. If I’m in my room on a cruise studying then you can make the sacrifices and organize yourself to be checking things off your to-do list too.

 

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A little work and a little play, don’t worry, it wasn’t all work on my vacation!

 

xo, Trisha

 

 

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Think about the things that you value the most and think of all that you’ve done to acquire them. Maybe it was a little hard work, or perhaps you knew the right people, or maybe you were simply in the right place at the right time. What are your blessings and how did you get them? For me, my blessings exist in every aspect of my life. Life in itself is a blessing, along with my education, the fact that I’m in medical school, my family and friends, different opportunities that have been extended to me, plus many more. I worked hard for these beautiful things in my life. Many times, I sacrificed a lot to have them. But most importantly, I prayed fervently for them.

 

I remember when I wanted to get into medical school. I would have given up my first born child in exchange for an acceptance letter if I needed to. I’m also pretty sure getting into medical school was my one and only prayer, every day from the moment I submitted my application until I got in. When I received my first acceptance letter, I felt like I hit the jackpot and when multiple acceptances were rolling in, I was beside myself. I nearly fell out at work when I found at that I got into my first choice school (which is where I am now).

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It seems like it was just yesterday that I was blogging about the beginning of Fall and now we’re at December… Where did the time go?! Here’s my recap of all things November!

 

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  • REFOCUSING BLOG PURPOSE — My hope is to inspire and motivate others so that they can realize that it’s not impossible to have a beautiful life that’s full of joy and love, plus more than they could have ever imagined (even while staying on a budget)! I hope that by sharing my experiences through life and medicine I can inspire and encourage my readers to cherish the simple things in life, take leaps of faith, and try to be their best selves daily.

 

  • UPDATED MENU/ CATEGORIES — This change ties in with what I said in my previous bullet. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a multidimensional girl and I want my space to reflect that. Yes I’m in medical school (and yes it takes up my life and energy 99.99% of the time), but I love home decor, yummy recipes, style, travel, and everything else in between that contributes to my beautiful life. I hope these new categories give you a better sense of what you can find here in my digital home and I also hope it’s now easier to navigate the site.

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  • WEEKLY EMAIL HIATUS — My weekly emails are temporarily on hiatus for the next few weeks. Instead of my usual weekly automated updates, I’ll be trying out a newsletter-style email that is more personalized. I’m thinking of sending these out 1-2x a month (no more than that, I promise). These changes will be rolling out around Mid-December/ Early-January so be on the look out!

 

  • POST RECAPS — Here’s some of my favorites and most popular posts this month!
    • Finding Your Tribe – What they don’t tell you about forming your tribe aka your power circle!
    • How to Win at Life – Tips for getting what you want and going after opportunities you deserve/
    • The DryBar Review – I went to The DryBar twice this month and here’s my final review on this chain if you have natural tresses.
    • Premed’s Ultimate Guide to Research Opportunities Part 1/3 – In part 1, I wrote all about finding research opportunities. Look out for part 2 and 3 where I will be discussing how to find funding and how to maximize your research experience.

 

 

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  • Seriously, no updates here. I’m trying to teach myself more discipline and patience in regards to buying things I don’t need. PLUS I may be moving soon and I already have SO MUCH STUFF. I don’t want to get anything else until my moving plans are finalized. I’ll know for sure by March though. Until then I will be doing decor posts here and there but you can count on seeing a bunch of reorganizing and DIY projects instead of making major purchases.

 

 

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  • THE DOCTOR I WANT TO BE — I haven’t talked about this at all but I had a few family members in the hospital. It’s a different perspective to see everything from their point of view. I have more than one family member who cannot make their own medical decisions and seeing my family advocate on their behalf further motivates me to be a physician who LISTENS and  PUTS THE PATIENTS’ NEEDS FIRST especially when they don’t have a family fighting for them, like my loved ones do.

 

  • NEW PERSPECTIVES & FINDING BALANCE — I was recently reminded of the fragility of life and how easy it can be taken away. There’s times where I’m stuck in the past and then there’s other times when I can’t wait to move from this season I’m in. Too much of both extremes is never good and I’m trying to find a better balance between living in the moment and looking forward to the future.

 

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  • GMAT DONE!! — I took the GMAT last week! YAYAYAY! I am so happy this test is over with. I met my goal even though I took the test running on 3 hours of sleep and only finished 2/9 review books. I’m started wondering how I would have scored if I had gotten rest the night before, finished my review books, and studied a bit more thoroughly. As a result, I’ll probably retake it over winter break to try to beat my score (I am always competing with MYSELF, not others, to be the best me). The best part about the GMAT is that you get your score report automatically after submitting your exam and you have 72 hours to cancel your score. HELLO CAN WE HAVE THIS FOR MEDICAL BOARDS?!

 

  • HARVARD YALE 2016 — In celebration of completing the  GMAT I made a quick turnaround trip to Boston for the annual Harvard Yale Game. It was my first weekend FREE in forever and I thoroughly enjoyed the temporary break from all things academic. We lost for the first time in forever so that was disappointing, but it was awesome seeing my friends and sorority sisters! I’m trying to plan a reunion with them again for December but we’ll see.

 

  • ALMOST VACATION! — I am getting ready to go to the Caribbean over winter break. It will be my first real vacation in years and I couldn’t be more excited! I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all.

 

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  • J. CREW EXCURSION VEST — I bought the J. Crew excursion vest in Cabernet and I love it. It was perfect for Harvard Yale and everyone kept complimenting my outfit. I paired it with an ivory turtle neck, dark skinny jeans, and cognac leather boots. P.S. don’t buy this vest at full price, J. Crew always has a sale of some sort going on. I’d wait until it was at least 30% off or until the end of the season to get it much cheaper to save it for next year. P.P.S. If you can’t wait that long, there are other colors and materials on clearance right now! Use a discount code for additional percentage off!

 

  • LEATHER BOOTS — I also bought the Steve Madden Intyce boots in cognac. Funny story but these are my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOTS in the world. I had them in undergrad and wore them so much I put a hole in the sole. My mom saw the hole over winter break and was livid that I still had them. She bought me different boots as a replacement but I was sad because I couldn’t find the Intyce anywhere. A few weeks ago I was browsing TJ Maxx when I saw a box of brown leather boots that looked like my beloved Intyce boots from college and guess what… They were! I’m so happy Steve Madden brought them back. I used to have a black pair so I got the cognac this time, although I will probably pick up a black pair as well if they go on sale. They are $99 at TJ Maxx but if you can’t find them there, they’re $112 on Zappos (use the app for free 1 day shipping!!). They take a few wears to break in (I do this by wearing thick socks with them the first few times) but once they mold to your feet, they are so comfy and can last for many seasons.

 

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A peak at my Harvard Yale outfit! Vest = J. Crew /// Turtle neck = Ralph Lauren /// Boots = Steve Madden!

AROUND THE WEB

  • I discovered this blog by Kachi! She lives in London and is a laywer and also a blogger. Her style is super cute and I love her posts. I’m always on the hunt for women bloggers (especially those who are also working professionals). She has a cute love story and shares great posts. Definitely stop by and check out her posts.

 

  • I love this post on Kevin MD. As as student who’s interested in the intersection of health and business, I found this pretty interesting. Any thoughts?

 

Whew! Okay that was a LONG update. I’m looking forward to December so that I can go on vacation! How was your November? Let me know in the comments below!

 

xo, Trisha

 

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Okay, I know its been FOREVER since I wrote a post dedicated to my premed followers. For some crazy reason my premed posts are my MOST POPULAR. Seriously guys, my premed pins on Pinterest have been shared thousands of times. One of my pins related to medical school reaches 26,000+ people each month. TWENTY SIX THOUSAND PEOPLE Y’ALL. I don’t even think I have 26 people I know really well let alone twenty six thousand. When I look at my blog analytics most of my traffic is coming from medical school related searches online & on Pinterest.  So why oh why did I stop writing about medicine and medical school? Truthfully, I could come up with a bunch of excuses. But the real reason is because talking about medicine 24/7 is kind of boring for me. I’m sorry, but I had to take a breather for my own sake. Despite the hiatus, a bunch of you have been emailing me questions and I always make sure to get back to you guys as soon as I can. If you need to, you can always contact me via the contact tab above and I promise I’ll get back to you ASAP! Or you can find me on twitter (@trisha_therese) & instagram (@threethousandmiles) where I’m way more active! But enough apologizing for now, to make it up to you I’m giving you all a 3 PART SERIES on research opportunities during your premed years. The posts will be organized as follows:

Part 1: How to FIND Research Opportunities –> I will mention some really cool programs out there, how to search for your own opportunities, and tips for creating your own experience.

Part 2: How to FUND Research Opportunities –> Let’s be real, we all can’t afford to work for free. I’ll share with you tips and ways to find ways to getting paid for your lab work.

Part 3: The VALUE of Research and How to Turn it Into the Gift that Keeps on Giving –> What if you had 8 weeks on a project in another state or at another institution… Now what? This post goes into detail on how to make sure your experience wasn’t just a few weeks or a semester in a lab. Find out how to turn your research into the gift that keeps on giving.

So you wanna be a researcher….

Clearly we have lots to cover, so let’s get started shall we? Okay, so you decided you wanted to go to medical school so after a few google searches, and panic attacks from reading Student Doctor Network Forums, you are either feeling 1 of 2 ways: 1) “OMG, I haven’t even touched a science experiment outside of my coursework. How am I going to compete with the genius who just published his 100th article in Nature and has 5000 shadowing hours?” or 2) “Psh I have more publications than anyone here. I’ll definitely get in over them.” Whether you’re person 1 or person 2 or somewhere in between, let me tell you this: RESEARCH ALONE WILL NOT GET YOU INTO MEDICAL SCHOOL. Let me repeat that again for those of you who are freaking out about finding research opportunities… RESEARCH ALONE WILL NOT GET YOU INTO MEDICAL SCHOOL.

 

With that being said, it is pretty common (some may argue that it’s expected but I disagree) nowadays to get involved with research in undergrad before applying to medical school. Some students publish and some students don’t. Some students are so busy with other activities that never never step foot in a lab or get involved in a project. And truthfully that’s okay. Research is important but it’s not everything. It does add value to your resume though. So if you do have the time and the opportunities in front of you, then I would say jump on it.

 

What kind of research should I do?

There is research in EVERY FIELD imaginable. Seriously, don’t limit yourself to science. Maybe you decided to major in a non-science field. If you love the field so much then try doing a meaningful project in it. At the end of the day it’s not about what you do. It’s just important that you do something, you were an asset to the team, and that you gained something from the experience.

 

Chances are, if you’re early on in your premed journey, you may not know what kind of things you like so it may take a bit of guesswork at the beginning. When trying to find your interests think about what courses you enjoy and read up on recently published journals in the field. What interests you? When i was in high school I was accepted into a competitive high school research course. To figure out what projects we wanted to join in on our mentors had us readin EVERYTHING until we found things that interested us. Surprisingly I was preparing to do dermatology or ortho research (I love skin & I love bones). Unfortunately for me, research interferred with cheerleading so I quit the program (my parents were so mad at me by the way). Anyways what I’m trying to say is take advantage of your schools resources and journal subscriptions. Immerse yourself in whats going on in the research world and I’m sure you’ll find something you like.

 

In addition to thinking about your interests, think about how you want to spend your time. Do you want to be in front of a computer all day? Do you think you’d prefer something with human subjects? If animals make yous squeamish then maybe working with mice isn’t the best idea (I learned this real quick after doing research in Paris… more about that later).

 

Don’t just do research to have a check box filled on your med school apps. Make sure you’re doing things that you’re genuinely interested in and are passionate about. Trust me it comes across pretty clearly if you’re just one of those people who’s doing it all just to get a seat in medical school. Studying and being in school is hard enough. Don’t make your life harder by signing up for a time consuming experience if you’re not even passionate about the field.

 

Where to find premed research opportunities:

First of all I’d like to mention that this is NOT an all encompassing list. In fact there are so many more opportunities I probably did not find. When I was an undergrad at Harvard I spent one summer on campus and I made friends who were working at a robotics lab. I didn’t even know we had a robotics program let alone a fully paid, fully funded, research opportunity that included food and housing & field trips (let’s just say I was a bit salty when I realized I missed that train). But I’m saying that to say that there are opportunities all over. You just need to be PROACTIVE about finding them.

 

And don’t put off your search until later. A lot of applications for summer are due now (aka before you leave for winter break). It’s best to figure out what you need (resume, essays, letters of recommendation, etc) now than waiting until the last minute. A late or incomplete application is likely a rejection so be smart, be proactive, and be prepared. I know it’s annoying… you’re just coming back from the Thanksgiving holiday and you are stressing about all the work you didn’t do during your time off (I know I’m not the only one who chilled for 4 days and spent Sunday scrambling to figure out all the work I didn’t do). I don’t want to add any more stress but maybe instead of browsing twitter or youtube videos you can create what I like to call “productive study breaks” where you use your breaks to focus on something productive but enjoyable like searching for research opportunities.

 

Here’s my list of a few research programs + a few creative ideas to use when searching for opportunities:

 

1) Check out the AAMC –> They have a list of Summer Undergraduate Research Programs on their website. I’ve actually heard of a few of these. I know for a fact that I missed the deadlines (aka I procrastinated) for some of them as well. Don’t be like me. Go through this list and figure out which ones you want to apply to, get your application together and submit.

 

2) Check out other schools premed sites/ office of career pages –> It always baffled me that other students could access the Harvard OCS resource pages. Yes some pages are reserved for those with a university log in and password but a good chunk of info is located for free on the internet. It made me realize that this was a two-way street and I had access to other schools information as well. For instance RIT has a list of Paid Opprtunities/ Internships for pre-meds for 2017. How amazing is that? And guess what all it took was a quick google search. You’d be surprised how much free information you can get from other schools and websites. Usually a search of “school name” + any combination of premed/ internships/ research/ medical school may give you a few good results.

 

3) Look at job postings –> In undergrad we had a job portal to find jobs. Seniors would use it to find post-grad job opportunities. But current students could use it to find job opportunities on campus. Many times, your professors may list working in a research lab as a part time job. If your school has a physical job board with flyers then check that out too. In undergrad we had a wall in the science center that was filled with posters. One day I was waiting for a friend by that wall and then I realized how many opportunities were listed on there. There were research opportunities, travel opportunities, jobs, panels, speaker series, etc.

 

4) Look at other graduate schools –> I’m really appreciative that I went to a university that had a variety of different schools. Between the business school, the innovation center, the school of government, the medical school, the school of public health, the divinity school, and the law school, there were ample research opportunities to go around. I had classmates who trekked to the different campuses to work with PIs in a variety of fields. Here’s the thing, you don’t have to do bench work. I thought I loved benchwork until I tried it, and I hated it. I quickly switched to doing global health work and psychology research because that’s what interested me the most. I had friends doing economics research, government research at HKS, or business related research at HBS. It’s really up to you.

 

5) Speak to your department –> Even if you don’t go to a research heavy school, most colleges and universities have departments that have at least one person involved in research. Email your department chair/ department advisor (or whoever in your department has contact with students/ advises them) and ask to set up a meeting regarding research opportunities. Don’t only ask them what opportunities are available (no one likes a student who is only looking for handouts). But be sure to ask them what professors have worked with students in the past or if they know of any professors who they think wouldn’t mind having a student joining the team so that you can contact them after the meeting. This shows that you’re serious, you’re proactive and you make things happen. In medical school, I found most of my experiences through word of mouth. An advisor or mentor would mention someone who they thought was working on things I liked and I was the one who reached out to them and set up everything. You really have nothing to lose.

True story, but Paul Farmer was one of my professors in undergrad. I loved his course and one day I asked him if he knew of any opportunities for me to work in Haiti. I figured that as one of the Partners In Health Founders who just finished building a state of the art hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti that he’d be the perfect connect. You know what he told me? He said, “What have you looked into so far? Why don’t you look up some opportunities?” I was slightly embarrassed but took his words to heart. Within a week I ended up finding NGOs in Boston I wanted to work with and one of them was looking for an intern. Ultimately I got the position, ended up going to Haiti and guess who I bumped into while I was there? Dr. Farmer himself! Turns out he was on the board of the organization and one of the NGO co-founders also worked with Partners in Health. He ended up speaking to students for a program we were organizing and had lunch with us. See how that came full circle. I know that working with an NGO isn’t a research experience but the same thing applies. BE PROACTIVE. TAKE INITIATIVE. Don’t expect opportunities to come to you. It’s okay to ask around but be prepared to show that you’ve been actively looking for things as well.

 

6) Look up postings at hospitals –> In Boston there were SO MANY teaching/ research hospitals. Between Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical School, and Boston University School of Medicine I really had a bunch of hospitals to choose from. Additionally, a lot of these hospitals are affiliated with research powerhouses and universities, which means more opportunities for students. I know that not everyone is in undergrad in a major city or an area that has a medical school or research center close by but it doesn’t mean that the opportunities aren’t there. Check postings to see whats available. I had an internship at Boston Children’s Hospital and it was amazing. I worked on research with autistic children and their siblings and I also shadowed int he neurodevelopmental clinic. It was the first time that I saw a specialty in medicine that I really really liked and could picture myself doing. I saw this internship listing on my psych department website however it was also posted on the Hospital website as well.

 

7) Ask your professors –> One summer I was staying on campus to do other things and realized I’d have time for a part-time side hustle. I was taking a course that I LOVED on mental disorders and my professor constantly mentioned his research during his lectures. One day I walked up to him after class and asked him if he’d be available to talk about research and he agreed so I let him know I’d shoot him a follow up email. I followed up that day, and two months later and I had an awesome job working on a fMRI study. I think it helped that I was doing well in his class and I genuinely was interested in the material. if there’s a professor you connect with or if you like their work then reach out to them. They’re a professor so that already means that they likely enjoy teaching students and having them around. I’m sure they would be excited to hear that someone takes a genuine interest in their work and the things they’re teaching you each day.

 

8) Sign up for a research elective/ course –> Does your school offer research electives or courses? This is a way to kill two birds with one stone. You can fulfill a school requirement and get some research experience. I took a Psychology research course and my partner and I did a small project that was really designed to teach us the fundamentals of using STATA and other statistical software (not a project worthy for listing as “research” on my applications). However, other students did more intense research courses where they actually collected meaningful data and some even went to try to publish their work. Look into your course catalog or speak with your advisor to see if this is something your school offers. Just make sure you’re clear on your AMCAS/ applications when decribing the experience. For example you can say something like “Through XYZ independent study course, I was able to do NAME of project where I…” (Btw please don’t copy that exact sentence, get creative and make it your own!)

 

9) When all else fails, create your own opportunities –> Honestly this could be it’s own post. In a previous blog post I talked about how to win at life and create your own opportunities for yourself (READ: How to Win at Life). I touched the surface on jumping at opportunities and not waiting for things to be presented to you. If you’d like I can make a more in depth post about this and how it specifically applies to research, just let me know! But what I can say is DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF AN EMAIL. I sent an email and my resume to a network of neuroscience labs in Paris and within 2 weeks I had offers pouring in from labs all across France. I had to clarify with people that they knew I was in undergrad and had NO skills but they didn’t care. It was awesome and I ultimately landed my dream research position at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Is there someone who’s work you admire from afar? Shoot them an email! Is there a project going on with an organization that you have been following? Shoot them an email.

Realize though that not all emails lead to opportunities but they do lead to connections. I knew a girl who was obbsessed with an architect and design company that deisgned hospitals in poor countries. She contacted them and they invited her to visit (she was close by). She ended up meeting them and getting a tour but was disappointed when they didn’t offer to hire her on the spot. Fast forward a few months later and her and I were working in Haiti. Guess who designed the hospital that we worked at… yes, it was that same design company. So through her I learned about the company. When i planned a global health conference at school we ended up inviting one of the designers/ architects from that comapny and her and I were able to connect because of my friends experience and what i learned in Haiti at the hospital her group designed. IT ALL COMES FULL CIRCLE. Opportunities are great, but don’t sleep on connections. (I guess this is what some people call networking… I prefer the word connecting because I like to make sure my relationships are genuine but I guess it’s the same thing).

 

 

 

Okay I think that just about covers everything. Stay tuned for Parts 2 & 3, where I’ll talk about funding & also how to maximize your research experience. If you have any questions, need someone to look over your resume, proof read a cover letter, or whatever then definitely don’t hesitate to shoot me an email (use the contact tab above). My only request is that you do not wait until the last minute and you give me at least 10 days weeks before your deadline. If you give me your documents with less than 10 days to your deadline, I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to give you edits in time.

 

xo, Trisha

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A while back I saw a few posts about The Dry Bar from various people on social media. I’ve always heard of The Dry Bar and there’s one right by my house in LA. But what I didn’t know is that The Dry Bar was for girls with natural hair just as much as it was for those without kinks and curls. I’m sharing my experience because aside from a few random Yelp reviews I found, I really didn’t find much information about the Drybar for natural hair.

 

I first experienced The Drybar when I was in Philadelphia. I had a conference to attend and for whatever reason I forgot to pack my hair essentials. I made a last minute decision at 2am for a 7:30am appointment. I couldn’t find many reviews but a few people had vouched for it on social media including Elyse from Love and the Sky so I figured I’d take the plunge.

 

What is The Drybar?

Basically, The Drybar is a hair salon that specializes in blowdrying. They wash and condition your hair (extra deep conditioning treatments are ~$20 extra) and then they blow you out. They also use flat irons and curling irons to finish off your look. Most people are in and out in about 1 hour but if you have thick natural hair expect your appointment to take about 2 hours.

 

All of the styles at the dry bar are named after drinks (i.e straight up, the Manhattan, and they even have a Shirley Temple for kids). I think it’s super cute how they are consistent with the bar theme. After you get washed you sit around a “bar” that has mirrors. They also have a TV and great tunes playing. The salon is very white & bright and although I was groggy when I first showed up to my appointment, I was fully awake once I stepped foot into the salon.

 

My Experience: The Drybar Philadelphia

Like I mentioned before, I was in Philly for a conference and decided at the last minute I wanted to get my hair done. I was able to book online and had up to 2 hours before your appointment to cancel for free. If you are a no show you are charged $35.

 

My experience at The Drybar Philadelphia was amazing. I was nervous because I have thick natural hair (type 4a/4b). I opted to get a conditioning treatment (extra $20) because my hair was so dry and in such a horrible state. This was my first time straightening my hair in a while and I wanted to take all of the necessary precautions to prevent damage.

 

The wash experience was lovely and my stylist worked the deep conditioner through my hair and wasn’t stingy at all. I get so mad when stylists use the dime size amount recommended on the back of the bottle. That won’t even cover a quarter of my hair. But my stylist ensured that every strand was coated with product and she even finger detangled my hair to prevent breakage.

 

Afterwards she blowdried my hair with a round brush and then flat ironed, and then curled it with a flat iron. The results were shiny, sleek, bouncy hair.

 

 

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My hair was so sleek when I got it done in Philly. It was not this sleek when I got it done at the Bryant Park location.

 

 

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Here’s a closer look. My curls dropped after the conference and it did frizz up a little bit but it’s still sleeker than when I got my hair done in NY.

 

 

My Experience: The Drybar Manhattan (Bryant Park)

Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, I had a quick turnaround trip planned to Boston for the Harvard Yale Football Game. After I realized that my train from Grand Central was right around the corner from The Drybar Bryant Park location I had to make another appointment.

 

This time I opted out of the deep conditioner but she gave me a complimentary scalp massage that felt AMAZING. My stylist ended up using a lot of products before blowdrying and my hair was extremely soft. Blowdrying usually makes my hair feel rough or like straw but my hair was so soft I couldn’t stop touching it.

 

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My hair is slightly uneven because I usually cut my hair in it’s curly state. You can’t tell but my hair was SO soft here. Note how poofy it is though… my stylist really didn’t get my hair sleek at all.

 

When I got my hair done the second time at Bryant Park, my stylist was not able to get my hair as straight. She did use less heat, which I appreciated, but I don’t think she was really equipped to tackle my thick natural hair. Personally I don’t mind a textured blow out, so I didn’t complain. However if you’re one who likes your hair to look freshly pressed and sleek then you wouldn’t have been impressed.

 

Because my hair was textured, my curls dropped quickly and my hair did not last throughout the day. A used a light oil and pin curled my hair at night but by mid day, my hair had puffed up again. I think the difference between my Philly experience and my NY experience was that 1) the NY stylist was not as skilled in dealing with thick natural hair and 2) the NY stylist used a lot of water based product prior to styling, which helped prevent heat damage but also limited the sleek effect I was going for.

 

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When I blowdry my hair at home it always comes out dry and feeling like hay. I WILL BE PURCHASING THIS BLUE BOTTLE OF VELVET HAMMER. I think this is what made my hair soooooo soft.

 

 

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Here’s the final product. Not as sleek as I would have liked but I didn’t mind too much.

 

Overall Impression: The Drybar for Natural Hair

Overall I would rate my Drybar experience a 4/5. I took away 1 full star for inconsistency. If all the stylists were trained like my Philly stylist then they would get a 5/5.

 

My suggestion is that if you do have natural hair, it would be wise to call ahead and make sure they know your hair type and can find a qualified person to handle your hair. When I was at the Bryant Park location, there were several women of color working but they already had clients. Perhaps if I had called ahead, they could have ensured that one of them was free for my appointment. With that being said, just because someone looks like you, it doesn’t mean they know what to do with your hair. Some of my favorite stylists and colorists are of a different race and ethnicity than me.

 

At the end of the day, The Drybar is an awesome place if you need a quick service, want to be able to schedule yourself last minute and want an affordable style. I was annoyed that my hair puffed up at Harvard Yale (I ended up throwing it in a bun by the middle of the game) but the fact that I only paid $45 (compared to $80-90 at other salons I’ve gone to) made me less angry.

 

My last bit of advice is that as a natural girl, if you have options, try to go to a salon in a more diverse area. For instance in LA there’s multiple Drybars to choose from so I’d probably visit the Culver City location over the Brentwood location because personally, I feel that it’s a bit more diverse in Culver City. As a result, there’s a higher likelihood that they’ve dealt with my hair type before.

 

Have you tried The Drybar? Let me know in the comments below! P.S. because of Black Friday the products are 20% off until Monday! I know for a fact I’m going to get the Velvet Hammer (pictured above). I’ll let you know how I like it!

 

xo, Trisha

 

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Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

 

Regardless of what your holiday plans are looking like I hope you have a day filled with abundance and gratitude and love.

 

I’ve been seeing a bunch of bloggers post gift guides for tips on where to shop for holiday gifts. I saw these floating around too and ALMOST jumped on the bandwagon. But in reality, aside from my boyfriend and parents I really don’t exchange gifts with many people. I’m an only child and don’t have any siblings. I have a few friends that do a gift exchange each year but that’s pretty much it.

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In college, my friends and I jokingly would say “Beyoncé has everything and I have nothing.” It was our go-to phrase for situations like when we got a bad grade or when we procrastinated on finishing an assignment even though we promised ourselves the week before that we’d never wait until the last-minute again. It was tossed around so much that I started to instinctively say it even when I was outside of my group of friends and eventually one of them called me out on it.

 

Here’s the thing, we look at Beyoncé and there’s no doubt that she’s killing the game. Platinum albums, sold out world tours, cute family, cute kid, all the clothes and jewelry a girl could ever want… seriously?! What’s not to love about her life? Well what if I told you that Beyoncé wasn’t the only winner? What if I told you that you too could be Beyoncé? I’m not guaranteeing you that you’ll be the next superstar but you will be on track to get what you want from life.

 

Let’s take it back for a second to a few years ago when I was in college at Harvard. During this time I felt like I was surrounded by people who were constantly winning. I wasn’t envious or anything, though. Truthfully, I was intrigued. There were people out there starting non-profits, launching startups, being named Forbes 30 under 30, winning Rhodes Scholarships and other prestigious awards all around me. I knew the Harvard name was strong but I also knew that my peers had to be doing more than flashing their diploma to get these opportunities. I mean yes the network is powerful and yes it opens doors but it’s still not a magic wand.

 

One day I was having a conversation with my friend’s boyfriend at the time. Let’s call him Mike. From the outside looking in Mike had it all together. He won lots of awards, won prestigious scholarships and had really cool opportunities presented to him all the time. On the other hand, I was another story. I was a regular procrastinator who struggled to meet deadlines and struggled to wake up in time for  a 11am class. Basically… I was not Mike.

 

During our discussion, I casually mentioned how I always wanted to live in Paris and do research. How lovely would it be to spend my days pipetting in the lab and then walking along the Seine with my wine and baguette afterwards? Perfect, right? Well anyways I told Mike of my lofty dreams and kind of left it alone. He was staring at me and was like oh yeah I did that last year. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. Of course he already did research in Paris. I was not surprised at all. He explained how he sent a few emails and simply made it happen. I sat on that for a while and it wasn’t until a few months later that I took the plunge and sent a few emails myself. Little did I know that my emails and resume were mass forwarded across a well-known Neuroscience network in France and about 2 weeks later I got email offers from labs all over Paris for me to join their team. I was ecstatic. Oh and it doesn’t stop there… I got to work at the Pasteur Institute (aka my dream) in Paris. A few more emails and an application later and I also won a fellowship to fund the whole thing. Basically, I was winning like Beyoncé.

 

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Paris a few years ago!

 

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Pre-almond allergy deliciousness at LaDuree… in fact my trip to Paris was so nut filled that I think this is when my allergies took a turn for the worse 🙁

 

 

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Just chillin’ at Monet’s house in Giverny, France.

 

The other day I caught up on a  bunch of Side Hustle Pro podcasts (aka the only thing that gets me through long drives and late nights right now) and Nicaila shared how a simple email ended up giving her “media/ press access” to a conference where she got to sit right next to one of the featured speakers who was also her business idol. She stressed on taking that leap and trying to make opportunities for yourself. I was reminded of Mike who I lost contact with but I’m sure he’s out here somewhere killing the game. Based off my own experiences, I know that there is truth and power in her advice especially because those methods worked for me before.

 

Honestly though, a simple email won’t solve all your issues It won’t get you a man. It won’t refill your bank account (if it does let me know so I can email them too). It won’t save your life. But what it will do is potentially open doors. Take the plunge. Put yourself out there. What’s holding you back? Maybe you’re a blogger who’s unsure about reaching out to that brand. Or maybe you’re in school and don’t want to take the risk to apply for XYZ opportunity. Honestly, what do you have to lose?
And perhaps it’s not an email you need to send. But maybe you need to set up that meeting or appointment. Make the final edits. Or perhaps you’re right there and just need to hit submit on that project. How do we expect people to take risks on us if we can’t take them ourselves? I know that for me there’s a few emails and potential opportunities that I’m sitting on myself. My excuse is schoolwork but I’m going to make an effort to prioritize myself just a little bit more.

 

2016 isn’t over yet. Let’s ensure we start 2017 with a bang by making those investments now. Who knows, you may sow 10 minutes into an email that may reap a lot more rewards than its worth. Anyways, yay for being proactive about our dreams and making them come true! And remember, Beyoncé has everything, but you can too.

 

xo, Trisha

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Last weekend I got an opportunity to visit an orchard. Funny thing is, I’m actually allergic to apples but I really wanted to go apple picking anyways. I snuck an apple (thankfully had no allergic reactions) and it was the juiciest, crispest apple I ever had.

 

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When I was a kid, my mom used to buy fresh picked apples from the super market during apple picking season. My local market partnered with a nearby orchard to sell the fresh apples to the masses. Those apples were so good, but there’s something special about picking something fresh from the tree and taking a bite. Personally my favorite apple was the Braeburn apple! It was seriously the best apple I ever had. I picked a bunch of those, granny smith’s (these are my favorite for baking), and another type which I unfortunately forgot the name of.

 

Apple picking is super fun. I would definitely recommend going earlier in the season to have better pick since some of the trees were sparse and also to have prettier views before all the trees and foliage dies. Overall it was a super fun experience and I made lots of fun memories. When I got home, I made a yummy apple pie that pairs well with some vanilla ice cream. Scroll to the bottom for the recipe!

 

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Apple Picking Outfit

Top: Ralph Lauren ribbed turtle neck (similar here & here) // Pants: High-waisted skinny jeans (from TJ Maxx) // Boots: Ugg Australia – discontinued model (similar here) // Jacket: The North Face // Purse: Kate Spade (old)

THE EASIEST APPLE PIE RECIPE EVER!

INGREDIENTS:

2 premade pie crusts

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2-3 granny smith apples (peeled and chopped)

minute tapioca (in the pudding/ jello mix aisle)

cinnamon

optional: toppings such as vanilla ice cream, caramel drizzle, whipped cream, chopped nuts

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Wash, peel, and chop the apples and put them in a bowl
  2. Mix the granulated and the brown sugars together
  3. Layer the following in the pie crust: sugar mix, sprinkle a pinch of dry tapioca balls (this absorbs the water from the apples and makes the filling gooey), sprinkle of cinnamon to taste and then a layer of apples
  4. Repeat the layering until you fill the pie
  5. Put the second pie crust on top and use a fork to “press” the edges of the two pie crusts together.
  6. Use a knife to cut 4 slits in the top of the pie for ventilation
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. Be sure to put the pie on a cookie sheet in case the filling starts bubbling over.
  8. Pie is ready when apple is soft on inside and the filling is a dark gooey texture.
  9. Top with toppings of your preference (vanilla ice cream, caramel drizzle, chopped nuts, etc)

 

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This recipe is SO easy, I was able to make it in Haiti because it required very few ingredients. Also if you’d like you can totally eyeball the ingredients and just add sugar and cinnamon too taste. But be careful not to add too much cinnamon! It dries out your mouth and you don’t want to be gasping for water with each bite!

xo, Trisha

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If you’ve been keeping up with me then you’d know that my 25th birthday was a few weeks ago and I had a joint celebration with a friend. It was really fun and we definitely danced the night away. If you need a recap, then definitely check that out here. Originally I was planning on wearing a simple, black silky slip dress. But my friends insisted that I get something with more of a wow factor.

 

I went to a club for my birthday but in regular situations I am the biggest home body ever so I knew I that I didn’t want to spend too much for a dress since I’d likely never wear it again. A long time ago in college, I made a Rent the Runway account but I never used it. I remember them having cute dresses for <$50 so I decided to browse their inventory for my birthday. If you’re unfamiliar with the service, Rent the Runway has designer dresses that are available to rent for 4-7 days. You can also request a second size for free so that you have one as a backup. They ship the dress to you in a garment bag and all you have to do is zip your dress up and drop off the garment bag at your closest UPS center or UPS drop off box when you’re done. Honestly it’s super simple and seemed too good to be true before I tried it.

 

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This is the garment bag that your dress ships in. When you’re done, just put the dress back in here and put the pre-printed return label in the clear window and drop it all off at your closest UPS dropbox or UPS store.

 

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The garment bag unzips so you can hang your dresses in your closet to prevent wrinkles. Note: I blurred out my return label

 

Most dresses range in price but there are a decent number under $50. More fancy dresses and gowns increase in price but it’s easy to sort by price, occasion, color, style, etc to narrow down your choices and find something appropriate for your occasion and within your budget. I wanted something that showed off my curves but wasn’t too scandalous and I was hoping to find something long sleeved. I was choosing between several dresses and ultimately decided on a white sequins Dress the Population dress.

 

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Here’s a quick pic I snapped for my bestie to see if she liked the dress. Ignore the smiley face… I wasn’t photo ready!

 

One of my favorite features about Rent the Runway are the reviews. You have the option to upload comments about the fit, bra size, dress size, photos, body type, and height. It really helped me with sizing to see what sizes other body types purchased so I could know what worked best for me.

 

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Here’s how I styled the dress for my birthday. Nude heels and a red clutch with a coordinating red lip + fresh red manicure!

 

Rent the Runway Pro vs. Rent the Runway Unlimited

Overall I loved my experience with Rent the Runway. Like I mentioned in my birthday post I signed up for Rent the Runway Pro ($30/ year) when I placed this order. For $30 you get unlimited dress insurance and free shipping for the year which usually totals to ~$15 per order. So in theory I paid for 2 rentals worth of fees to get unlimited free shipping and insurance for the rest of the year. Additionally you get one free dress a year for your birthday, which is the promotion I used to rent my dress this year (thus making my total only $30 for this designer dress).

 

At some point I want to switch to Rent the Runway Unlimited which is ~$150/ month for unlimited designer clothes and accessories (you rent 3 at a time). I am definitely not doing that any time soon (#medstudentbudget) but if it’s within your price tag, Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks has linked a few outfits she’s made from her RTR Unlimited Subscription and has me hoping that one day I have enough coins saved up to look just as fabulous. Personally this is my favorite look from her Rent the Runway Unlimited outfits… doesn’t she look so good here?! Anyways, If you’re not ready for the Unlimited subscription, I would definitely recommend upgrading to at least pro. I plan on renting a cute dress or two for my upcoming vacation in December since I’ll have free shipping and insurance with my Pro Membership. I’ll be sure to keep you posted and write a review on what I get with that order.

 

Overall I loved my birthday look. Let me know what you thought of it. I’m glad I didn’t buy a dress like that because realistically I wouldn’t rewear it. I loved being able to get dolled up in a luxury dress, which isn’t something I get to do often. I’m currently eyeing a cute bandage Herve Leger dress but I’m waiting for the right opportunity to come around before I rent it. Have you rented dresses from rent the runway before? Let me know how it went in the comments below!

 

xo, Trisha

 

P.S. If you’ve never tried Rent the Runway before and would like to save $30 on your first order then use my code by signing up via this link. If you create an account with that link then you’ll get $30 off your first order and I’ll get $30 off my next order!

 

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