New Jobs, Big Cities, and Best Friends

WOW. It has been SO LONG since I wrote in my blog! As many of you may know, it has been quite a busy year so far, not even including my schoolwork! I am in my last three weeks of my third semester of medical school. I cannot believe where the time has gone by. It is almost August 2016 and I have already been doing this for almost a year!

A quick recap of 2016. I flew through my second semester and did well in everything except for biochemistry. Had a rough semester on many levels, but I am glad that I was able to still keep up and do well in my schoolwork. Nonetheless, chemistry has always been one of my harder subjects – I don’t know why! I always knew I’d have to deal with it in medicine because let’s face it – chemistry makes up everything around us. However – I am so proud of myself for getting through everything that semester brought me, and finally putting it behind me! Thank goodness for my hard work and dedication, as well as the support from my family and friends!

Third semester has been my favorite of them all. I have learned a lot of life lessons, as well as a lot of the material necessary for medicine. When you’re in medical school and the amount of information coming at you vs. the time that you have to learn it all – it can be very overwhelming! I cannot believe how much I have learned in the last year. This semester, I am taking pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, psychology, a research course, and a clinical correlations course. I have gotten used to the 8a-5p school days, constant studying, and not having much free time. Welcome to the life of a medical student! It’s also hard because my siblings and friends back home are on summer break, taking vacations and relaxing, while I am here studying everyday! However, I still get time to relax and hang out with friends.

More recently, I was offered an opportunity to student-blog with Merck Manual – Student Stories! Feel free to check out some of my postings here. I am still a new blogger and have not posted much – but stay tuned as my postings will become published over the next few months! I have also become the Public Affairs Representative for the organization Doctors of Tomorrow at my campus. One of my favorite things that I get to do as PAR is organizing Skype calls with doctors in the US. It’s a great opportunity for students to get exposure to different fields of medicine, hear advice about how they made it through medical school, and to ask any questions they’ve had regarding that particular specialty!

In the beginning of June, my beautiful cousin got married to a wonderful guy! I was so honored to be a part of her special ceremony (and not to mention getting a little break from school!). After the ceremony, I spent a couple days touring Chicago (my future home, for those who don’t know – I will be doing clinical rotations there starting in 2017 – “life after the island!”). I even had the opportunity to meet with a gastrointestinal pathologist who showed me around the area where I’d be doing rotations in the near future, as well as giving suggestions for housing, local spots to check out, etc. It was great to visit the city where I’d be spending close to 2-3 years of my life. Not to mention – spending time with my family and trying the famous Chicago deep dish pizza was definitely amazing! 🙂

My best friend and sister also had the opportunity to spend a month and a half with me here on the island. I was SO thankful that they took time out of their schedules to spend time with me! We had a lot of great memories and did a lot of fun things! I was so glad that some of my favorite people from back home were able to meet and mingle with my favorite people in medical school.  It also helped me to not be so homesick having them around the apartment! I love having something to look forward to – it helps the time go by faster – and I was so excited to have them come stay with me! We were also able to visit some islands in the Southern Grenadines. It was BEAUTIFUL! We saw Tobago Cays, Union Island, and Mayreau (photos below). Next, I get to look forward to my parents coming to visit for my White Coat ceremony in December 🙂 my dad has not been here yet to visit, so I am very excited to show him around and show him where I’ve been living the last year. I can’t believe that is happening at the end of NEXT semester already! My basic sciences portion of medical school has FLOWN by so fast.

I also participated in the annual Carnival of SVG. For those who are not familiar, Carnival is an annual event where the whole island essentially shuts down for a few days and just relaxes and has fun. There are lots of parades, events, and parties all over the place. Many people come internationally for Carnival also. My friends and I went to an exclusive party on Young Island (a 30-second boat ride away) for Carnival. We had so much fun! Lots of dancing, food, drinks, and good times with friends! Another big event for me was also being able to help out at my school’s health fair in mid-June. Doctors of Tomorrow was in charge of the HIV/AIDS informational table, as well as organizing people to get tested for HIV. It was such an awesome opportunity to give back to the community and help others better themselves and their health!

I am looking forward to break in a few weeks! I will be home almost 3 weeks. I need a mental break! I am planning on doing well on all my exams for block 4 so I don’t have to do any studying over break. I’ve got some exciting things planned for the break, so stick around to see! 🙂 Check out some photos below for the highlights of my year so far.

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