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There are only a few weeks left in the semester and since my last blog there have been a lot of exciting events. For someone from Miami, born and raised, snow is not a common occurrence, actually, it's not even an occurrence; so needless to say I proceeded to message everyone back home hundreds of pictures of 1 inch of snow. Shortly after this, it melted. Memphis's first snow this past week, however small, was a nice little gift after getting back from an even nicer Thanksgiving Break. A week off from classes, tests and labs is a welcomed breather from the stresses of school, and the well needed rest came at the perfect time. We have started what Dr. Newman, our Theory and Methods professor, lovingly refers to as the "death march" towards Final Exam Week. It's the last "hurrah!" before our finals. So Thanksgiving proved the perfect opportunity to be with friends and family, stuff our faces, and recharge for the final stretch of our very first semester. There is still a lot of new material before we sit for our last exams, but we've started some pretty interesting topics like Contact Lenses in Optics, and Occular Anatomy in Anatomical Sciences. Some material to date has been a review of our undergrad courses, but with topics like these it's a nice reminder of the many cool things to come.
All this isn't to say there aren't any exciting happenings around Memphis to take a break from all the studying these final weeks. The St. Jude Marathon Weekend in December is here and it is a great way to raise money and awareness for the amazing work done at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital here in Memphis. The hospital treats hundreds of children suffering from cancer and other catastrophic diseases every day. It is a truly amazing place. Some of my classmates joined in the race. The marathon also features a half marathon course for the "couch potato" in you, a light THIRTEEN MILES! (If I have already piqued your interest for next year's race, more info at www.stjudemarathon.org) The Memphis Zoo also has a great "Zoo Lights" event that starts Mid-November and lasts through the end of December, where the whole Zoo is lit up with Christmas lights. I am sure it is a great event for anyone with kids, or the kid in anyone!
That's pretty much all I have for now. Like I mentioned, with finals on the way it's time to hit the books! This semester has been quite a ride. Some ups and downs, but an amazing experience nonetheless. The people I have gotten to know are all wonderful and the information I have gained in these first few months is extensive (and impressive if I do say so myself!) I can't wait to see what next semester brings, but first let's see if I can end this one on a high note! Here goes...
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
See you in 2012,