As for my physical training I have stopped completely to focus on my studies. This has been a trying decision, but I know it is the correct one. Although I am very interested in maintaining my overall health, I believe that this short time sacrifice is necessary in order to secure a very real long term benefit. Medical School represents and entire shift in my life. I will be throwing everything I have been doing for the last ten years away, and starting a completely new adventure. I am not interested in broken, failed, or half-fulfilled dreams so it makes sense to me to go all out while I still can.
|My No-Dig bed with Tobacco plants|
I decided to make a small investment in a company called Synacor Inc. on the recommendation of a friend. He forwarded me to the website of a company called National Inflation Association who have provided analysis on this company. After reading their analysis I decided to take some of my "throw away" money and give it a try. What is "throw away" money you ask? This is a certain amount of money that I am willing to risk and if I never see it again I won't be upset. Since I am no investment guru, and i have heard the horror stories of people dumping their life saving on a "tip from a friend" I decided on a cautious approach. I initially invested at $12.50 and in two days the price of the stock has already gone up to $13.42. What does this tell me? Nothing really, because I intend to see how the stock behaves over several months. The natural human impulse, when seeing such a magnificent increase is to drop more money in, but my rule for investing is "be not emotional", so I will stick with my "throw away" investment. I'll provide an update on this in the near future. At that point I may look like a total fool or a remarkable genius :)
Finally I have been stricken by an odd interest in luthiery. What is that you may ask? It is the construction of stringed instruments. I have loved and played classical guitar since I was about 15 years old, but I have never owned a proper classical guitar. I don't want to drop the serious money required for a quality instrument so I have toyed around with the idea of building one for several years. The first time I approached it was probably 10 years ago while I was in college. At that point in time I could not find the resources to instruct myself so I abandoned the idea. Now the interwebs has come through in a big way and I see that this is a very doable hobby. Immediately after the MCAT I will be diving into this and seeing what I can come up with. I will post pictures, rants and advice accordingly. Having spent the last year pouring MCAT related information into my brain, a monotonous non-thought provoking hobby sounds like a dream right now.
As always thanks for reading