Now, I don't know how many of you have attempted to read any book in a foreign language, much less Don Quixote in it's original Spanish. It's pretty much exactly like reading Shakespeare... but not in English. Now, I can't skim Shakespeare and still have a clue what's going on, and I also can't skim even young adult books in Spanish and have a clue what's going on. I pretty much have to pore over every word to have even a faint idea about what's happening. So I certainly couldn't just skim 50-100 pages of olde Spanish a night and be able to talk about it intelligently in class the next day.
This relates to med school, I promise. Stick with me...
In the Don Quixote class, I survived by (DON'T TELL ANYONE EVER) occasionally reading the non-important chapters in English (or much much worse, I even read the spark notes for some chapters --- don't look at me, I'm so ashamed). I'm still working on a solution for making the research paper go faster, but for now all I'm doing is hoping that the more papers I read, the more I'll understand about the disease, and the faster it will go.