8 Ways to Enjoy the Last Days of Summer

Ladies and gentlemen, start you鸿运彩app在哪下载r engines! If you鸿运彩app在哪下载're like us, you鸿运彩app在哪下载 may also be wondering where the summer went as you鸿运彩app在哪下载 realize that Orientation Week is only one and a half weeks away. As the five of us busy ourselves with the last-minute, fine details of a jam-packed week, we have only one expectation of all 259 of you鸿运彩app在哪下载 as we approach the big first day: enjoy the last minutes of you鸿运彩app在哪下载r summer vacation and continue celebrating you鸿运彩app在哪下载r accomplishment of you鸿运彩app在哪下载r acceptance to U of T Med! Take the time to recharge you鸿运彩app在哪下载r batteries that were probably drained during the past application year because you鸿运彩app在哪下载'll definitely need the energy before you鸿运彩app在哪下载 jump right into a pretty busy semester! If you鸿运彩app在哪下载 find you鸿运彩app在哪下载rself too excited for the first day to just sit back and relax, we have compiled a few suggestions for ways to fill you鸿运彩app在哪下载r last days.

8. Move to Toronto and Explore the City

Trust me - as an out-of-towner, I can happily admit that the city can be complicated to master. Contrary to the popular belief of all native Torontonians that the city is easy to navigate, that Toronto is essentially a grid, that it's almost impossible to get lost, I would like to counter with the fact that I have gotten lost several times in the past year, that I've gotten on the wrong subway, and that I still sometimes can't figure out N, E, S, W without consulting good old Google Maps. Toronto is a fun city filled with different districts, different cultural neighbourhoods, and different festivals. Move in early and explore them while you鸿运彩app在哪下载 still have the time! Highlights include the Distillery District, Harbourfront, Queen St. W, Bloor Street shopping, Kensington Market and Yorkville. 


7. Go shopping for clothes, furniture, electronics

For people like me, moving in can be fun because my parents do the heavy lifting and I get to go to the furniture store and buy the fun stuff and decorate. When considering major purchases like tables, sofas, and paintings, make sure you鸿运彩app在哪下载 not only visit the big stores like Ikea, Leon's, Sears, and The Brick, but also check out some antique stores in the Distillery District or in the Art and Design District on west Queen St. W, to name just a few. With so many of the condos looking the same, I will admit it's always nice to visit my friends' places and see some ecclectic pieces to separate them from others. 

When it comes to attire, although the majority of you鸿运彩app在哪下载r days will spent in comfy study clothing that make the bitter days at Gersteins and McCaul more bearable, there is that once-a-week ASCM day and several shadow days throughout the semester that require you鸿运彩app在哪下载 to pepper you鸿运彩app在哪下载r wardrobe with some professional clothing. A safe bet is to have at least four outfits that you鸿运彩app在哪下载 can rotate through each month. Conventionally, the men stick to  dress shirts (usually sans tie), dress pants, khakis, and loafers/dress shoes. Ladies, as a guide, the rules that applied for you鸿运彩app在哪下载r medical school interviews generally apply here as well; that means dress shirts, cardigans, dresses, skirts, dress pants, flats, professional heels, etc. Nothing too low and nothing too short is usually acceptable!

Now we get to the fun one - electronics! If you鸿运彩app在哪下载 are like me, you鸿运彩app在哪下载r trusty laptop got you鸿运彩app在哪下载 through the bitter battle that was undergrad. I'm sure you鸿运彩app在哪下载've received the emails from the faculty highlighting that we have gone paperless at U of T med. This means that all of our lecture notes are accessed electronically with minimal print-outs. For many of us, that meant exploring the new territory of tablets, iPads, and fun and/or medical apps. You can certainly wait until school starts to see how necessary it is to get these things but it's also totally appropriate to start seeking advice from the computer/electronic experts even in the summer when the sales start! In my opinion, buying a tablet made taking notes really easy and its portability added to the convenience but I have many peers who used their laptops all year and loved it just as much. Consult with the sales reps at Best Buy, Future Shop, Apple store or start a topic on the forum to find out which tablet/smart device is for you鸿运彩app在哪下载.

Time to see what that line of credit is made of!


6. Read a Book! 

I know this seems like a boring option but in all honesty, read for fun in these last few days - whether it's a medical non-fiction/biography or a totally fiction sci fi novel - because you鸿运彩app在哪下载 won't have much time for it in the school year. I've compiled a list of recommended books for medical students (found on different lists on the internet) but of course, these are just simple suggestions if you鸿运彩app在哪下载're in a literature rut!

The House of God - Samuel Shem
Complications - Atul Gawande
Better - Atul Gawande
The Checklist Manifesto - Atul Gawande
The Soul of a Doctor - Susan Pories
White Coat - Ellen L. Rothman
Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder
The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks
The Optimism Bias - Tali Sharot
Gifted Hands - Ben Carson


5. Buy/Create you鸿运彩app在哪下载r Costume, Outfits

During Orientation Week, we have a variety of fun activities for you鸿运彩app在哪下载 - from camping to dinners to a blast from the past party, you鸿运彩app在哪下载 are all in for a fun end to you鸿运彩app在哪下载r summer. If you鸿运彩app在哪下载 haven't had a chance to look at the most recent updated schedule, take note that the final event of the week is a 1920s party where we're hoping that everyone will come dressed in Great Gatsby-esque type attire. Head out and buy a costume or simply Google a picture and design you鸿运彩app在哪下载r outfit you鸿运彩app在哪下载rself! Additionally, the CN Tower and Stethoscope Ceremony requires more elegant, formal attire - plan ahead and buy dresses/suits if you鸿运彩app在哪下载 need to!


4. Travel, Travel, Travel!

For the lucky few, you鸿运彩app在哪下载 may be sprinkled across the globe as you鸿运彩app在哪下载 read this, exploring the rainforests of South America, sight-seeing in Europe, or eating all of the delicacies in Asia. But if you鸿运彩app在哪下载're not and no longer have any work obligations for the rest of the summer, try getting one last adventure in. Maybe plan an impromptu camping trip up in Algonquin Park or hit up you鸿运彩app在哪下载r family/friend's cottage for the rest of the week. If all else fails, there are always amazing Groupon deals on last-minute getaways to a multitude of destinations, like Chicago, Las Vegas, Florida, etc! A huge bonus is that you鸿运彩app在哪下载 have something cool to say about you鸿运彩app在哪下载r summer when you鸿运彩app在哪下载 meet people during Orientation Week. 


3. Work out and playyyy ball

Enjoy the summer weather while the hot sun is still making an appearance! I can't even begin to describe how frigid and cold this past winter was (did someone say "polar vortex"?). Although I hope a winter like that doesn't show up again this year, I am making sure to enjoy the heat now because I know I'lll regret it once the temperatures dive down again. There are a ton of beautiful parks in Toronto for you鸿运彩app在哪下载 to enjoy, including Trinity Bellwoods Park on the west end, Toronto Music Garden on Harbourfront, High Park, and Riverdale Park. Toss a football or frisbee around, go for a jog, play soccer, or head down to the beach for some beach volleyball. If you鸿运彩app在哪下载've gotten rusty at a particular sport that you鸿运彩app在哪下载 love, try practicing again so you鸿运彩app在哪下载're in good shape for when intramural teams start forming during the school year!


2. Spend time with family and old friends

Rumour has it that once you鸿运彩app在哪下载're in medical school, you鸿运彩app在哪下载 no longer have a life or time to see old friends and family. This isn't necessarily true. Medical school is very busy but there is time to see family and friends. There are periods of time when there aren't exams and you鸿运彩app在哪下载 can go and visit 鸿运彩app在哪下载 or go out for dinner with old friends; however, it may not be as much as you鸿运彩app在哪下载 were used to in the past. The school year is busy but a big lesson to learn is that although there are always tasks to do, it is important to say no to people and to those pressing things on you鸿运彩app在哪下载r to-do list in order to devote time and attention to existing relationships. At the end of the day, the people you鸿运彩app在哪下载 surround you鸿运彩app在哪下载rself with will help support you鸿运彩app在哪下载 in the most trying of times so it is important to maintain those relationships. Take advantage of this free time and go out for dinner with you鸿运彩app在哪下载r parents, siblings, partners, friends, roommates. If you鸿运彩app在哪下载're moving to Toronto from far away and don't know when you鸿运彩app在哪下载'll see these important people next - remember, it's not "goodbye", it's "see you鸿运彩app在哪下载 later". 



Sleep all day. Sleep all night. Sleep in. Sleep in you鸿运彩app在哪下载r bed. Sleep on the couch in front of the TV. Whatever you鸿运彩app在哪下载r preference is, enjoy sleeping for 8+ hours because you鸿运彩app在哪下载 will need it to make up for the lack of sleep that may come in the next few months.  


Sorry if this list seems intuitive but upon reflecting over the past year, I can honestly say these are the things I wish I did before I got started. Whatever you鸿运彩app在哪下载 decide to do, make sure you鸿运彩app在哪下载 enjoy you鸿运彩app在哪下载rselves and don't stress out (yet!). And if you鸿运彩app在哪下载 do stress out, try to figure out ways to destress and effective coping strategies/outlets now so that you鸿运彩app在哪下载're prepared for the year.


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