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When in doubt, bake!

This week has been a bit of a roller coaster week for me. The start of it was going really well. I was having a wonderful time working in a research lab in the Haematology and Genetic Pathology department of a local hospital for my professional placement topic at Uni. It’s my first taste of doing proper scientific research and I’ve been enjoying it immensely. I was enjoying my time so much that I was starting to wonder whether medicine was the right career path for me. Read more…

To give thanks with chocolate

Mini FrangelicoI just finished my mid-year exams a few days ago. Five exams in eight days – phew! This was a testing point for me, to see if I really had the capability to go back to Uni to study the sciences at a high level, after more than a decade away from the books. I feel OK. I felt reasonably confident that I did well in my exams and in the subjects overall. Hopefully, when results come out in two weeks, I won’t be disappointed. For my last exam, I recruited my partner to help me study; a challenge in itself, because he’s an Accountant, not a fellow Scientist. I gave him all of my lectures notes, and asked him to ask me questions to test whether or not I was retaining anything. We spent a couple of hours doing this before I decided, enough was enough. If I didn’t know the content by now, it was too late anyway. Read more…

The Cooking Chook ditches the corporate life

This post has come quite late. I actually ditched corporate life about 4 months ago, but I haven’t had an opportunity since quitting work to be able to reflect on what has happened. Why did I ditch the corporate life? To make an extremely long story short, I quit the corporate life to pursue a career in Medicine. I decided very late last year, that I would quit work to go back to being a full-time student. I’ve always wanted to be a Doctor, but things didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted (they never do, do they?). I’ve ended up taking the scenic route, and I still haven’t quite reached my destination yet. If you’re interested in a bit more background to my story, check out this previous post. Here are some musings on the last six months in the life of The Cooking Chook…. Read more…

You can’t have WHAT in your chocolate cake?

I love baking. The entire process of baking is such a stress relief for me; from measuring out the ingredients right up to the end where I get to eat what I’ve made. Baking makes me happy. It makes me so happy that I love to share that happiness with those close to me by giving them bits and pieces of my creations. So, you can imagine my dismay when one of the girls from my study group, Monica, had to refuse my offering of baked goods because she is gluten intolerant. Her refusal was like being slapped in the face! I felt terrible that I would bring along my baked goods to study group, and she couldn’t have any. I needed to remedy this situation. You shall not go without cake Monica! This recipe is a cut-down version of a recipe I found on the site. I halved all the quantities to make a smaller cake that serves 6 slices. Read more…

The Cooking Chook has finally schemed a way out

Excerpt from the ‘About thecookingchook’ page….

A thirty-something science nerd who is stuck in the financial services industry but is scheming a way out.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to inform you all that I have finally schemed a way out! Actually, that isn’t quite true. My way out is in a few weeks, but it’s a way out nonetheless. What is my escape, you ask? For those playing at home that haven’t been on The Cooking Chook train for long, I would like to tell you about a little dream I have. My dream is to become a Doctor. My earliest memory of wanting to become a Doctor involved me and a couple of broken bones at around the age of 5 (could be earlier or later, my memory is a bit fuzzy). I remembered how wonderful my Doctor was with ‘fixing’ me and making me feel better when I was in quite a distressed and painful state. From that point onwards, I wanted to be just like him. Read more…

Here I go again…..

Those who are close to me know that for the last couple of years, I have been trying to get into medical school. For those who have just joined me on my bloggy journey, if you’re interested, you can have a read of my experience so far in this post. I’ve always wanted to be a Doctor. I can’t see myself in any other career but medicine. I want to practice medicine so badly that it hurts to think of a future where I’m not doing it. What I’ve been doing so far, in regards to employment, has just been that – something that I do to pay the bills. No interest, no passion, no joy. Read more…

The art of having a Plan B

I don’t like it when I don’t get my own way.  There…. I said it. But who really does?  If people were seriously unfazed about not getting the things they wanted, then no-one would try to achieve anything.  This is where the good ol’ ‘Plan B’ comes in to play.  I’m the type of person who, if they don’t succeed in getting something they want, will scheme a way to get it.  No underhanded, illegal or unethical tactics of course, but I’m always strategising.  With med school not being a possibility for 2013, I needed to consider my other options:

Option 1: Do nothing. Chuck everything into the ‘too hard basket’, and give up.
Option 2: Do nothing for now. Keep doing what I’m doing (in relation to work) and concentrate on studying for next year’s med entrance exam.
Option 3: Decide to ‘stuff it’.  Apply for a different course at University, quit my job, study full-time, and concentrate on studying for next year’s med entrance exam. Read more…

Patience and perserverance

GAMSATpa·tience (pshns)


–  the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious

Today, after 159 days of waiting, I was notified that I was not successful in gaining an interview at a medical school I applied for. I have always wanted to be a Doctor, but I wasn’t ready for the commitment required to get into the undergraduate medicine course straight out of high school. When I graduated from University the first time with a science degree, I was sick of being a poor student and was ready to earn some money. Hence, my entry into the financial services industry.  Not long after finishing my first degree, I decided to start another degree that was more related to my employment but I wasn’t challenged by the content and, at that point, I was also unsatisfied with job. My heart lay with the sciences and until I was able to immerse myself in it every day, I wasn’t going to be happy. Read more…

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