How to Balance PA School, Fitness, and Social Life


I would like to send a warm welcome to Meghan’s followers! My name is Amber, and I am currently in my third quarter of Physician Assistant school at South University in Savannah, GA. I am 26 years old, I began PA school in January 2017, I am a blogger as well, and my page can be found at AmbzThePA.blogspot.com, and you can follow me on my Instagram at AmbzThePA___xo. I am so happy to be featured on Meghan’s page! She is a great resource for those who are wishing to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant!As well as being an avid student, I also am big on health and fitness and having a social life. I am a former athlete as I played basketball from the age of 3 to 18, and I also played softball, soccer and ran track throughout the years. In high school, I wanted to be an athletic trainer as I wanted to always have some type of involvement with sports (clearly, my career path changed). I make it a mission to make sure that I work out at least 3-4 times a week despite my chaotic and hectic schedule. Most days, I am in class from 8AM-5:30PM, so you can imagine that finding time to exercise is a challenge, but this has not stopped me. Since starting PA school, I have been very innovative with my workouts. Starting last quarter, I have found a way to work out and study at the same time, which may be difficult for some, and I initially thought that I would not be able to accomplish this, but I was surprised at how successful I was at this. Of course, I cannot do strenuous cardio or lift weights, but at least I am getting some type of exercise. I walk on the treadmill for at least an hour, and though this may seem like a long time, it actually flies by! On the weekends, I do a more strenuous workout that incorporates 30-45 minutes of cardio and weight lifting. When I do not work out, I find a stark difference in my mood and ability to focus and concentrate, so for those who are gym junkies like me, working out is something you cannot leave out in your daily regime. For those that are not able to work out and study at the same time, there are a lot of home workouts that are just as effective. Here is a link to a simple at-home workout. All you need is a chair, dumbbells and a towel http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/lose-weight-with-this-7-move-toning-workout-from-home/slide/7.

There are many benefits with exercise. Aside from weight loss and control, it also is preventive in a myriad of diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and it has also shown to provide relief to those individuals that suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Exercise has also been proven to improve cognitive function, and improve mood as it releases endorphins!

Another aspect of my life that I value is my social life. I am from Atlanta, GA, and I currently live in Savannah, GA. When I moved down here, it was a culture shock as Atlanta is such a big city, and I was used to the nightlife, day parties and brunches, and Savannah, GA is a much smaller town, and it does not have the perks that a big city has. Though, Savannah is a beautiful city, it took a lot of getting used to the culture here. The good thing about living here is that I am 30 minutes away from a beach, which was not the case when I was living in Atlanta! On Friday’s, I take the night off and do not do any studying at all. I make it a mission to explore the town with some of my classmates and unwind and relax. It is not healthy to engage yourself in studying 24/7 as you will eventually burnout and crash, which is a challenge for most PA students. Having a social life and a good support system is key to surviving PA school. Find a group of classmates that you can hang out with outside of school and explore the city that you are living in. Another thing is to make sure you stay in contact as best as you can with your friends you had prior to PA school. If it wasn’t for my friends back home, I do not think I would have gotten through some of these rough days.

 

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