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    ADJUSTMENT! By: Kristen Gardner (UAB Intern)

    ADJUSTMENT! The word that seems so distant, but yet so relevant to our everyday lives. Every single year as the new year begins, we have to get adjusted to the things that the new year brings. Starting another year of middle school or high school comes with new responsibilities, sometimes new friends, new expectations and new relationships. Sometimes these things can be very exciting or it can make us feel nervous for our future. Here are a few tips that I have on becoming adjusted.

    1. GET A PLANNER! I did not realize how unorganized I was until I got a planner. I thought it was a stupid idea at first until I actually started writing in it daily. It keeps me on schedule with my everyday life and it helps me not forget the important things.

    2. Set some GOALS! Sometimes we can feel unfocused or lost because we do not set any goals for ourselves. Set a short term and a long term goal for yourself and stick to it. The end result will feel AMAZING!

    3. Be open to a NEW year! I know this may sound a little cliché, but sometimes we limit ourselves on the countless opportunities that we may have with a new year. A new school year can bring us countless new experiences that we have never experienced before.

    4. Be open to making new friends! This is a big one! I remember thinking that I would have the same friends forever. I never really tried to make new friends until I came to college and WOW I was missing out. The greatest adventure is getting to know new people and making new memories. Now I’m not saying get rid of your best friends but it does not hurt to open your social count of friends.

    5. Realize that you are a different person than you were yesterday! But seriously tho! My greatest challenge was learning that I will continue to change. I may not like the same things ten years from now or I may hate the same restaurant that I just loved a week from now. This is totally normal. Is it okay to CHANGE! It is okay to try new things. It is okay to find yourself!

    6. And lastly make MEMORIES and HAVE FUN! A new year always comes with an opportunity to make new memories and to try new things. Take advantage of this because before you know it, we will all be saying goodbye to high school and college and will be adults in the real world one day!

  • Books, Photography

    Book Review: Open Heart

    Towing the line between life and death. Dr. Stephen Westaby weaves a tale of his most riveting encounters in the operating room in Open Heart. Not only is Westaby a brilliant heart surgeon, but he is also a talented writer. Coming from a humble background, Westaby rose up the ranks through his innovative approaches to heart surgery and his pioneering work with the artificial heart.
    What struck me the most about this memoir was the way Westaby made heart surgery as riveting as a BMX race. Even with all of the complicated vocabulary and approaches mentioned, Westaby manages to make his most complicated surgeries understandable by the average lay person.
    The stories within Open Heart are filled with moments of heartbreak and joy. Open Heart was the first ever medical memoir I read, and let me tell you – it was amazing. This book has made a surge to the top of my favorite summer books list this year. I am so sure that all of you will think the same, especially if you’re considering a career in medicine!