Yeah so Ramzan are gone and Eid is over, getting back to university,waking up early and maintaining the routine is unbelievably hard for me right now. But anyways we don't really have a choice now do we? 😷
So, I was uploading some pictures on drive and came across these videos back from March. Oh how much I miss this place. Not just the place but the people and the weather. 💗
Basically this was my first encounter with 'snowfall' (u can see my happy face) :p I've had seen snow before, because I've lived in Quetta back when I was in grade 3 or 4 because of my Dad's posting, also my annual trip to Northern Pakistan includes some beautiful scenes covered in white sposh. However, looking at falling snowflakes was a new experience. So basically me and my family were in Kalam, Swat for 4 days. We stayed there, visited places around Kalam, had fun and when it was our last day there, we were literally praying k snowfall hojai. 😁
So like after dinner we packed our stuff and went to sleep and I remember at around 2:40 a.m in the morning I heard something falling like it was intense thud sound. Every one woke up and the sound continued and we were wondering if there's an animal on our roof :p buttt when we opened our room's door, voila, all I could see were white flakes of happiness. ❄❄😂
And we ran out of our room wearing chappals 😂 because Wallahi extremely excited Karachi kids. 🙈
That beautiful snowfall continued till morning and our hotel looked so amazing!! 😍💗 So have you had your first encounter with a certain type of place/weather? Comment down, I would love to know! 😍😍
Do check out all the videos. 😍also I have a vlog on my YouTube channel. Don't forget to watch it. 😉
Medicine is not something you do because you have time on your hands. Or because you decided as a child that this is what you wanted to do for the rest of your life. Were you really wise enough at age three to make a sound judgement about your future career? Ofcourse not. Your parents probably filled your ears with the word “doctor” and now come college you have no idea what you would rather be doing. Heck, you don’t even have a backup plan.
Medicine requires patience. With time spent away from your loved ones. With learning the minute details that you many not even use once you’re a doctor. With giving up time to travel and forgoing even your hobbies at times because you have dedicated your life to serving others.
Medicine is a choice you make. It is a lifestyle. The field of medicine you eventually decide to specialize in dictates how your life will run for quite a few years of your life. So make that decision wisely.
Do you want to be studying while your friends are getting married, having kids, buying houses? Are you willing to sacrifice some family events and hangout sessions with friends? Are you ok with the low salary you will making during residency (this could go well into your 30s if you go straight from college to med school to residency. And even your 40s if you’re an older student). Are these all sacrifices you’re willing to make?
I’m no one to tell you whether medicine is the field for you. That decision is yours to make and no one else in the world can tell you otherwise. But I will leave you with one advice: Shadow a physician. For at least a week. And don’t just shadow, live and breathe like that doctor. Wake up at the time she/he wakes up. Follow their entire schedule to the T. I would also recommend shadowing a resident, and if allowed, even go with them when they’re on call [I have no idea if this is allowed, so please don’t hesitate to correct me]. I believe this will give you a real perspective of the life of a doctor. You will see a real patient-doctor relationship and see real cases. All this will help you decide if this is something you wish to do for the rest of your life.
As a continuation of my last post, I would like to point out that Islam emphasizes showing respect and mercy to the elderly. Here is what the Quran and sunnah have to say: ———————————————————————————
“Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to your parents. If one or both of them reach old age with you, do not say to them a word of disrespect, or scold them, but say a generous word to them. And act humbly to them in mercy, and say, ‘My Lord, have mercy on them, since they cared for me when I was small” (17: 23-24).
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "He is not of us who does not have mercy on young children, nor honor the elderly" (Al-Tirmidhi).
When I first started volunteering in High school, it was because I needed the 100 hours required by my school to graduate. Not because I was passionate to work on the sixth floor in the depressing geriatrics departments. Believe me, there were a million things I’d rather be doing than my supervisor’s daughter’s homework. In hindsight, I should have told the volunteer department to tell my supervisor that I was not there to do her personal work. When I wasn’t doing her assigned tasks, I was visiting the patients who would often ask me to just sit and talk with them. One lady liked me to brush her hair. Another wanted to teach me to knit. It was in the geriatrics department that I first saw the vulnerability of the elderly patient who was always getting yelled at by the frustrated and tired nurses. I felt so bad for the patients. Some of their children never visited. Not once. And it was so depressing. My heart just couldn’t handle this much quietness and depression. I cried and vowed to never return. Not even as a doctor. Besides, I was interested in other fields.
Now as a medical student, I am still undecided on my specialty. But unlike before, I feel a change. The emotions are the same, but today I can see geriatrics as a potential specialty. When I see the elderly, I think of my grandparents and all the old people I know personally. I think of the old lady I met at the hospital who was never visited by her kids. We get so excited when we see a child. We play and would do anything to make that child happy even if it’s a stranger’s baby. Yet so many of those same people neglect an elderly man even if he were to fall right in front of them. Why do people forget that they too will one day be at that age? At the stage of life where they are helpless and dependent on others? Why did the nurses I volunteered with have to yell at those patients? Why didn’t the doctor spend a few extra minutes speaking to the old man who was feeling homesick?
I’ve always had a soft spot for the elderly and would like to ask everyone to please give a little of your time to this population of our society. Show respect and kindness and one day someone will pay it forward to you.
If I drank coffee, it would not look like this. I’ve had so many people surprised at the fact that I hate coffee. It’s too bitter for my liking. Maybe I’m trying the wrong kind? If anyone knows of coffee that’s not bitter, yet is effective at keeping me awake to study all night, please let me know below.
I would love to wear one of these everywhere I go. Ok not everywhere, but to a place where I can simply live life and make my dreams a reality. If Superman can have his glasses, and Batman can have an entire costume, I can have my masquerade mask.
Ramadan is a time of reflection and self discovery. But who would’ve thought that I’d also discover this little gem so close to home? (ok it’s pretty huge and I love it). Also, I didn’t discover it. My dad did 😂. But it’s so exciting to have an Islamic center in this city. Especially one that offers female only swimming lessons! Yup, I still need to learn to swim.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms! We wouldn’t be here without all your sacrifices, hard work and dedication to our success. 🌺
It was narrated from Mu'awiyah bin Jahimah As-Sulami, that Jahimah came to the Prophet Mohammad (ﷺ) and said: "O Messenger of Allah! I want to go out and fight (in Jihad) and I have come to ask your advice." The Prophet said: "Do you have a mother?" He said: "Yes." He said: "Then stay with her, for Paradise is beneath her feet."
I used to spend hours studying for my Chemistry classes. Days and nights gone towards something that’s now placed somewhere in a folder. Sometimes I see my degree as just that. A piece of paper. I majored in Chemistry, but those four years of undergrad would probably not qualify me for any job related to my degree. At the time, I thought that’s what I wanted. I thought it was necessary that I major in a science in order to get to med school. But you do not need to do that. If you’re pre-anything, read these words carefully. You do NOT have to major in a science if you do not want to. You just have to take your pre requisites. You can major in journalism, accounting, art, or whatever else you want. One of my biggest regrets is not majoring in something different. I would have loved to major in finance or business. It was always something I wanted to learn. Not so I can make a career of it, but so I could just have that knowledge. And it’s an additional set of skills that are actually used in real life. For those who are still in undergrad, I would definitely recommend taking a class in accounting or anything else that can teach you about your finances. I’ve always thought I would eventually get an MPH down the line, but now I’m also reconsidering to an MBA. Graduating with an MD, DO, or MBBS shouldn’t be the end of your education. It’s obviously not the end with residency coming right after. But many people don’t think they need another advanced degree. And that’s where my opinions differs. There’s no harm in getting an additional degree. Again, it’s an additional set of skills. And maybe along the way, you’ll learn something new about yourself and incorporate this additional information into your daily practice or life. 👩🏻🎓
How do you guys feel about multiple degrees? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions below (or via DM).