Well, I took my medical boards / Step 1 exam and I’m still alive!!
It was, yes, very hard, and had to do quite a bit of guessing, but I wasn’t as anxious during the test as I thought I’d be. In fact at the end, it felt little anticlimactic; I was like “That’s it? I studied my life away for a computer test?” After studying all day and night for almost two months, you don’t care anymore and just wanna finish the darn 8 hour exam.
The night before, I didn’t pass out like I usually do thanks to some pre-test jitters. A lot of my friends couldn’t sleep at all and felt like they pulled an all-nighter (ie terrible). Some people take sleep aids, but I’m not about to start trying out Ambien the night before the biggest test of my career.
Luckily, I have a 100% fool proof method for falling asleep.
Me: Rats….I can’t sleep. Well, time to sing… ♫ A hundred bottles of pop on the wall, a hundred bottles of pop! Take one down, pass it around, ninety-nine bottles of pop on the wall. Ninety-nine bottles of pop on the wall…♫
B: You sang A hundred bottles of pop to fall asleep?? Who does that!?? What number did you get to??
Me: Um, I made it to the high twenties or low thirties….I can’t remember exactly.
B: Oh my GOD, You made it THAT far?? That must have taken an hour!! 0_o
So I did fall asleep, but then I kept waking up because I was just so excited for my test.
Me: OMG it’s 7am – time to wake up! *checks clock* Oh, it’s only 4:30am. Rats *fall asleep*
Me: OMG it’s 7am – time to wake up! *checks clock* Oh, it’s only 5:30am. Rats *fall asleep*
Me: OMG it’s 7am – time to wake up! *checks clock* Oh, it’s only 6:30am. Damnit, I give up. *gets out of bed to eat food*
I can’t have coffee because of my bet with Bryan, but I drank a ton of caffeine with these lattes. These kept me going these past 2 months and the day of the test. B thinks my blood is comprised of green tea now. Anyways, I made an enormous thermos of Chai Latte and kept it in the test locker – every break I made sure to sip some to stay awake (and of course go to the bathroom with all the caffeine).
I also stayed pumped by listening to a playlist that B made for me driving to the test and during breaks. Here are a couple of them to pump you up.
– Be a Man (Disney’s Mulan)
– All Star (Smash Mouth)
– Beat It (Michael Jackson)
– Best Day of my life (American Authors)
– Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham!)
– Run The World (Girls) (Beyonce) – Ok, ok, this one’s mine, as B hates Beyonce lol.
Surprisingly, I wasn’t tired at all the entire 8 hour. The fatigue didn’t hit until that night – let’s just say I slept very well. I’m so happy to have my life back again <3
Chai Tea Latte
1 black tea/english breakfast individual teabag (or 1/2 tablespoon loose leaf tea) *
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 – 1 1/2 cups water
1/4 – 1/3 cup almond or regular milk
1 tablespoon honey, plus more to taste
milk foam and ground nutmeg, optional
* If you have chai tea, you can skip the cinnamon, ginger, and allspice since it’s already mixed in
Stovetop method (good for large batches): Bring the water to boil in a small saucepan. Add teabag/loose tea, spices, and honey and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Add in milk and remove from heat. Adjust sweetness /milk to taste. Strain and pour into a mug.
Teapot and electric teakettle method (quick and easy): Heat water in electric teakettle. Add teabag/loose tea and spices in a teapot. Pour heated water into the teapot and let seep for a few minutes to desired strength. Pour tea into a mug. Add in honey and milk to desired taste.
To make the foam, put milk in a blender (or frother if you’re so fancy) and pulse until foam appears. Top the tea with your milk froth scooped from the top and sprinkle additional nutmeg. Enjoy!