There was a period when I didn't mind being asked this question. It could be a friendly gesture, a conversation starter or being genuinely concerned. But, after a while it gets old...and irritating. What do you mean if I'm tired? I'm a Dental student! Oh, and it's worse when your own classmates ask. Last time I checked buddy, you and I had the same course load. Why aren't YOU tired?!
One another note, it's finals period. That period when we all burn the mid night oil in hopes of meeting our semester's goals of all A's, being every professor's favorite, break a class record, climb to the top of the Dean's list and graduate summa cum laude - wait, that's undergrad. Nevermind.
Fast forward to present moment: 6:44 am, sleep deprived, crouched over mounds of books and study sheets while the computer silently protests about being over-worked. I'm only 76 hrs 14mins and 9 seconds away from what's about to be one of the toughest weeks in the entire history of my dental school career; all 10 months, 10 lbs, 4 grey hairs and $62,000 of it. Next week is gonna be muddy! Like Yokozuna versus Verne Troyer in a sumo ring, muddy. But I have full confidence that the little guy will prevail and come out victorious, battle scars and all.
After the next 2 weeks I'll be 1/7th a dentist!! (including residency). Baby steps people, baby steps.
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