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General:
  • Where are you from?
    California
  • Are you Japanese?
    I’m Nikkei.
  • What’s your racial background?
    Japanese + Korean
  • Is “Yumi” your last name?
    No, that’s my middle name.
  • What anime do you recommend?
    You can check out my recommendations by genres/mood here but feel free to Ask me any time!  (≧◡≦)
  • Do you do follow-backs?
    Nope, sorry!

Japanese:

  • Do you speak any other languages outside of English and Japanese?
    No, not fluently.
  • Where did you learn Japanese?
    It’s my first language, but I learned how to read and write hira/kana/kanji in high school.
  • Can you recommend some Japanese-learning resources? 
    When it comes to textbooks, many followers have recommended the Genki series and when it comes to online resources, jishokanji-a-day, Rikai-kun, and lang-8 are very helpful.
  • How do you recommend I start learning Japanese?
    Since foundational knowledge is key to learning anything, I highly recommend taking a course.  However, if you’re short on money, there are plenty of free resources online that I’m sure you could Google.
    Definitely learn hiragana (tag) and katakana (tag) before trying to tackle vocabulary and kanji, but it doesn’t hurt to subscribe to my posts~ うふふლ(́◉◞౪◟◉‵ლ)
  • What font do you use for your Japanese lessons?
    YutaCoco + kimbapnoona’s SDKwangSoo

Polls:

  • Where can I find your “random poll” results and can I still participate?
    You can find the poll results here and yes, (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ you can add your vote any time via Ask!
  • What do I get for participating in your polls?
    It’s mostly just for fun, but sometimes I’ll either promote or doodle something for randomly selected followers who voted for the winning team.
  • Are you a demon?!  Your poll questions are super hard!
    ( ಠ◡ಠ )

Doodles:

  • What drawing programs do you use?
    Inkscape + Gimp
  • Do you accept doodle requests?
    Hm, it depends on how busy I am.  It wouldn’t hurt to ask here or at my doodle blog, but since I’ve got my hands pretty full, I might limit myself to art trades.  ^^

Medicine:

  • Is medical school hard?
    Incredibly.  Don’t do it unless you know there’s nothing else you want to do.  If you’re unsure, take your time.  There’s really no hurry.  My advice is not to do it:
    - just for the money (because you’ll be struggling with a quarter million dollar debt),
    - just to help people (there are many other professions that do this),
    - because you want to go into healthcare (have you looked into becoming a physician’s assistant or nurse or surg tech or ultrasound tech, etc?) or
    - because your family expects you to (this is your life, yo).
    I’m not saying that these reasons are inadequate, but individually, they might not be enough to carry you through dark times.
    This is your future.  It’s what you’ll be stuck with for at least four years of basic training + two to five years of residency + however many years of fellowship if you want to specialize = at least six+ years of your rapidly dwindling youth and family-raising age!
    I strongly encourage you to do your research and when you’ve decided that it’s not just because you don’t know what else to do but because you couldn’t stand not becoming a physician, then come join me.  comeლ(╹◡╹ლ)  We need you~
  • Why did you want to become a doctor?
    I super sloppily answered why (here) and when (here), but in short, it’s because out of all the occupations, becoming a physician best fulfills what I want out of life.  It’s a respectable profession that involves many tasks I enjoy (detective work, studying medicine, speaking with people, working with my hands…).  Furthermore, its prerequisite traits (patience, intelligence, fortitude…) are characteristics I strive to possess.  *ah, explaining my motivation is somehow embarrassing*
  • What kind of doctor do you want to be?
    I’m doing my residency in Internal Medicine, but whether I want to specialize or not is still up in the air.  ^^;;
  • How do you study/do you have any study tips?
    I believe that everyone has a method of studying that’s best for them, but I’m a strong proponent of concision and repetition.  Simplify your notes and review the material until you can explain the information to someone outside your field (like a parent (*^▽^*)).  It’s a great way to figure out what you’re not clear on and see how everything fits together.
  • What pens do you use to make your notes?
  • How do you have time to balance medicine with tumblr and all your other hobbies?
    Graduate school is really good at teaching time management, haha!  You quickly figure out how much you can study/work before you burn out and learn to time your rejuvenating hobbies accordingly.  Discipline is key for not taking too long of a break, but what ALSO helps is knowing that the longer you goof off now, the less time you’ll have to sleep later on ;A;
  • Can you help me [with premed/med stuff]?
    I’d love to!  Message me any time!

Disclaimers:

  • Japanese posts:
    I don’t have a Japanese language teaching license.  My posts are merely a fun reference, so if you think my posts are incomplete as lessons, you’re right.  I try to keep things basic and easy to understand.  I often teach “rules of thumb” rather than “golden grammar rules of justice” and although I try, I don’t always go over every single way one can read a certain kanji, all of its meanings, or all of its usages.  I apologize in advance if I make a mistake and will gratefully accept corrections, but otherwise, please don’t hate.
  • Medicine:
    Even though I’ve studied medicine, I can’t diagnose or prescribe you anything over the internet.  That’s just irresponsible, yo.  Also, anything I write related to medicine is not to be used for self-diagnosis.  This is the internet and for all you know, I could be Meowth instead of a doctor. =ΦωΦ= (Meowth, that’s right!)

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