Yesterday we had our immunology exam.
I would say a general theme (with the exception of the people that studied immunology extensively in undergrad) was that we felt very underprepared. It wasn’t that we didn’t study, it was that we finished an entire immunology textbook in 5 days and that just isn’t enough time to completely grasp a complicated subject. Luckily everyone I’ve talked took passed the test. Also, immunology is pretty cool.
Test days are so funny. The start out crazy – I wake up early with little sleep, drink boatloads of caffeine, and ignore any self-care because passing the test is the priority. Then after the test a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders. I usually nap, get in a workout, treat myself to dinner (Whole Foods sushi thanks to this girl’s birthday gift!) and some wine with friends. Complete stress to complete relaxation.
Speaking of relaxation, some post-test treats are included on my gift guide for students! Here are some gifts that, from experience, would be much appreciated for a family member or friend in your life that is in school right now.
1. COFFEE GIFTS
Yes, coffee gets its own category. It’s a necessity – nectar of the gods. A gift card to Starbucks or the local coffee shop along with a cute mug is a perfect gift. If you’re going big try a Keurig or my favorite, a Nespresso machine!
2. HOME GIFTS
Obviously students are going to spend a lot of time studying. An adorable, cozy blanket to curl up under is such a great gift. And secondly, one of my favorite gift ideas, a cleaning service! When studying takes over, your apartment or home can become quite a mess. A one-time cleaning service would be SUCH a treat. I would love love for my apartment to get a deep cleaning.
3. RELAXATION GIFTS
Relaxation the ultimate luxury. I always ask for spa gift cards because, to me, there is nothing better than a pedicure or a massage. Hunching over books really does a number on your back. For a fun gift basket, grab a bunch of little things for a “post-test celebration.” Some champagne, some chocolates, and a gift card to their favorite restaurant would be perfect.
4. SCHOOL GIFTS
Make being a student a little more chic! A gorgeous, functional planner is a great gift. Make sure they’ll use a paper planner first – I love paper planners, but end up mostly using my computer.
Second, a cute lunch bag! I bring my lunch to school every day, so a cute bag would be a great gift.
I’m asking for a tablet this year (haven’t decided what kind yet!) because I’d love the ability to use a stylus and take notes right on the professor’s presentations. It’s also great for bringing with you to study anywhere.
Lastly, study clothes! Comfy but cute stuff that students live in. Wearing real clothes is quite the occasion for me. Fabletics is my favorite – it’s what you’ll find me in most days.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa, friends!
- What are you asking for this year?
- Anything to add to the list?
- A tablet is the big ticket item on my wish list this year. Any advice for which type to get?