Monday, January 6, 2014

Moving to Pittsburgh

With clinical rotations starting, I have moved to Pittsburgh!  Having lived in Morgantown for the last 5 years, it has been a huge change moving back to a bigger city (but also extremely exciting at the same time).  Three of my classmates and I found an awesome, quirky 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house in Squirrel Hill to live in for part of this year! The Squirrel Hill area seems to be really safe and there are tons of restaurants, shops, and grocery stores nearby.  Also because our house is on the other side of the tunnels, we are able to avoid most of the dreaded Pittsburgh traffic.

My advice for any first year students who are reading this is to wait until you get your rotation schedule before picking a place to live (this will let you avoid renting additional housing while living in provided housing, or paying double rents).  I know the wait will probably kill you and you will feel like it is very last minute, but my roommates and I wish we would have waited.  

In other news – the first day of rotations was today! A brief overview of my day: I battled the arctic tundra to get to the hospital, made it there on time, didn’t get lost inside the hospital, found the cafeteria (really important), got a surprise flu shot, grossed some specimens, and mastered the Dictaphone (just kidding- I struggled). Overall I’d say it was a pretty good first day!  Expect more about my St. Clair rotation this weekend- but for now I have tons of unpacking and reading assignments to do!

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