Merry Christmas everyone!

After two weeks of FoF at Linköping (basically public health, social medicine, health psychology etc), I’m now home  in Stockholm celebrating the holidays with my family. It’s nice to be off for a while, but as you know, we students don’t really get a vacation since we’re studying… We have our final exams in January. 😦 But nevertheless, it’s nice to be home! So merry Christmas everyone from my family to yours! How are you celebrating your Christmas? 🙂

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Well look at me – I’m 23!

Life is too short to not celebrate birthdays. Even such a meaningless number like 23. Or well, now I can get inside Ugglan, woo! 😛

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As I rarely am in Stockholm/Sweden during my birthday as it’s in the summer, I usually celebrate my birthday abroad. However as my sister is turning the big number 25 on the 21st, we decided to celebrate it properly. So I decided to only have a short stay in the Philippines so I can be there for my sister. As I’d be here for my birthday, why not celebrate it?

Last time I celebrated my birthday was when I turned 18 five years ago. It was about time.

I had planned a pub crawl around my favourite themed bars in Stockholm. A friend from St Andrews had come all the way from the UK to visit, and my two little sisters from Linköping had come to celebrate as well so I wanted to make the night out more interesting. Despite having planned everything with a pub crawl app and all, in the end we only managed to go to one bar… the Vampire Lounge. At least we managed to go out anyway – E for effort! We later ended the night at one of my favourite clubs Hornhuset and headed home.

After celebrating my birthday with my close friends, I felt blessed and grateful for the wonderful people I have around me. Friends who have stuck with me through the years and friends who I still maintain close with no matter the distance. I have definitely hit it big these past 23 years. I will cherish these friends I have, and hope to celebrate even more birthdays with them in the future.

Thank you life for being good to me, despite all the ups and downs. You have made one happy girl nevertheless! Until the next birthday ❤

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Tallinn for a weekend, why not?

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Hello from the old city of Tallinn! 😀

I’m a very work hard play hard type of person. I take my work very seriously, and I take my breaks very seriously. So my friends and I wanted to go on a cruise from Stockholm to Tallinn for a weekend, why not?

I left Värnamo Friday morning to get to the ferry in the evening. Yes it takes about 5h to get to Stockholm. Afterwards, my friends and I were on the boat and had an amazing time from beginning to end.

Party. Friends. New friends. Brazilian acrobats. Some Tallinn. Some singing. Party.

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It was an amazing weekend, but now time for my final week in primary care in Värnamo. Here’s for a well-deserved getaway – until next time but for now, time to work hard. Hope you all had an amazing weekend, and have an amazing week ahead!

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The Nobel Prize Museum with Nils from Läkarstudent.se

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Ever since I e-mailed Nils from Läkarstudent.se (Sweden’s largest independent website for previous, current and future medical students) regarding contributing my guide on applying to medical school in the UK to his website, we’ve had small e-mail conversations regarding medicine and other things about life and all. Now that I’m at home in Stockholm for a relatively long period of time ever since leaving for Linköping, I thought it was a good time to meet! Where else better than the Nobel Prize Museum, which celebrates people’s revolutionary ideas through the years?

It is always a treat to meet like-minded medical students: generally interested in a lot of things with a passion for research. I thoroughly enjoyed our earlier discussions about potentially revolutionary ideas, historical fun facts and current events especially regarding the medical educational system. The Nobel Prize Museum could definitely not be any more fitting of a location. Until next time! I wonder where to next, the bar is definitely raised high after today.

Nevertheless, as this post has the Nobel Prize Museum in its title, I should probably write something about the Nobel Prize. My favourite Nobel Prize laureate is Marie Curie and Nils’ Röntgen (the discovery of the X-ray). I think those we chose do say something about us, because in the end you would choose something that resonates with you right? Nils’ one is understandable as he has a great interest in the field of radiology, but for me, I wouldn’t really say that I have a great interest in radioactivity, which is Marie Curie’s most famous discovery.

Marie Curie is definitely my favourite Nobel laureate not because I have a great interest in her work, but rather because I have a great interest in her. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, the first and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences and was part of a Curie family legacy of five Nobel prizes. She had everything that it takes to become a successful researcher: brains, patience and dedication. Oh, and luck too of course. She is not only a role model for us women, but for everyone wishing to discover something that can really make a difference in the world. It was an honour to work at the Curie Institute in Paris, on Pierre and Marie Curie street, where the laboratory they worked in and made their discoveries was located and stands until today. It was definitely a pleasure to visit their old laboratory during one of my lunch breaks, and attend a lecture in the lecture hall where they used to teach.

My dream is to be like Marie Curie. Find an idea I’m passionate about and believe in, and follow it until the end. Maybe it could make a difference in the world, or perhaps even lead to a Nobel Prize. Who knows, but only time will tell!

Firestone by Kygo (cover)

This weekend I had to quickly go home to Stockholm to pick up a few things. Not very eventful really, but I did manage to get some time with the piano! I haven’t been doing a lot of music lately, and I still have to upload the song I recently wrote but as you guys might understand, moving to a new medical school takes up a lot of time and energy!

In terms of that, everything seems to be going quite well so far. First week done! But I think I need to wait another few days or weeks to really settle in and really get the feel of the place. I’ll write all about it soon, I promise!

But for now, here’s a piano cover of Firestone by Kygo, and I really apologise for the mistakes in the middle hehe. Hope you all had an amazing weekend!