Self Care and Disc Golf

For Labor Day Katelyn, Clara, and myself (wife and daughter) went to a park in Waukee where we got to play Disc Golf! Those who know me know that I love to play disc golf. It was a lot of fun to play a new course. I really love the course at City Park in Pueblo but it’s always fun to play somewhere new! Des Moines has quite a few courses and I can’t wait to try them all. I’m finding (and have been told by a lot of people) that it is important to not forget about yourself. I am a medical student, yes, but I am also still Levi Smith who likes to play disc golf and fish and spend time with his family! I can’t let that part of me just disappear! Studying is very important but taking care of me is important too. I’ve also “started” running as well. I’m not very consistent with it but I’m finding that it’s something that gets me up quickly from studying and gets my heart pumping so that when I get back from my run, I can jump right back into studying fully refreshed!!

I had three tests this week in school. The first and second were on Tuesday, back to back. I took anatomy’s first exam and clinical medicine’s first exam. On the anatomy exam I got 46 out of 49 which was fantastic and above the class average!!! I was so happy to do so well! Then to add icing on the cake, I aced my clinical medicine exam! 100%! It felt so good! It has been a while since I have gotten such a great score on a test, let alone two in a row! Finally, on Thursday I had my first exam in Principles and Practices of Podiatric Medicine. Guess what?? I aced it too!!! Another 100%! It was a such a great week for tests! It was the confidence booster that I needed after that Biochemistry test last week.

I feel like my knowledge is growing rapidly and I love it! I am learning so much about anatomy that I never knew before and it’s probably my favorite class right now. (the lecture for sure, I don’t know about the lab yet). I was never required to take an anatomy class during my undergrad for my pre-med degree…go figure. It has been amazing to learn all of this for the first time! I was in anatomy lab waiting to clean out the heart of our donor since we have been studying the heart this week, with it literally in my hands, just thinking about how incredible this all has been so far. Few people get to have an experience like this. I am so thankful and feel so blessed for this opportunity to learn so much about the human body and its complexities and intricacies in such a hands-on way!

I hope everyone has a great week! It starting to cool off here, and I am loving it! The weather is beautiful. I hope everyone else can say the same!

Levi Smith, PMAC & Podiatry Student at DMU

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