Reflection: One Week Left

Happy Monday, readers! I firstly want to apologize for my lack of postings these last few weeks. SO MUCH has been going on in my life. Officially, as of today, I have 8 days left on this island, and I’ve been crazy with all kinds of emotions lately. First, the bittersweet feeling of packing up my life here to go back to the US (more sweet than bitter, but this place was a part of my life for almost 2 years). Second, the stress of getting my animals ready to make the journey back to the US (for those who don’t know, check out my article here). Third, the fact that I have been studying like crazy for final exams coming up this week, on top of having a serious case of ‘senioritis’ and being homesick all at once.

I can’t believe my time on the island is almost up. My experiences here have been incredible and I am so thankful for each and every day. I am so thankful that I had an amazing support system to guide me through this time because without them, none of this would have been possible. It has not been an easy journey whatsoever, but I am so thankful I’ve made it this far. I can’t believe the time has come for me to start studying for the biggest exam of my career, the USMLE Step 1. I am going to miss the scenery, all the palm trees, access to beaches, and the tropical weather. I am going to miss seeing the baby goats run and jump around the fields. I’m going to miss my cute little pink island house with all the fruit trees in the backyard. As homesick as I’ve been, this place will always have a special spot in my life.

My journey home is going to be exciting, but also incredibly stressful. We’ve decided to take our second dog back with us, since his surgery a few weeks ago went so well. We were originally going to try and find him a home on the island since he’s an older dog, but nothing worked out, and leaving him on the streets is out of the question. So that means I’ve been preparing three babies for their journeys, and I have been nothing short of stressed and anxious. They have their appointments with the Ministry of Agriculture this week to get their health certificates, and then I have to go to the airport to get their flight approvals. I know I just need to take it one step at a time, and I know that they WILL make it back safe and sound. I can’t wait for them to experience their new life in the USA!

In addition to all these other things, I’ve had the WORST case of ‘senioritis’. I’ve been so ready to go home, and so ready to be done with my classes. I had a very easy semester, only having to take 4 classes. I was doing well from the start of the semester, so I’m not really stressing over final exams (but of course I still need to study). We are also taking the Pathology NBME exam tomorrow (National Board of Medical Examiners), which is a huge deal, so I’ve been reviewing for that as well. It’s basically a comprehensive exam to test your knowledge on a specific basic science subject. Outside of school, I’ve found myself watching more Netflix and indulging in ‘lazy days’ because I’m just so ready to go home. I’ve been really homesick too; I usually get like this at the end of the semester because I know how close and attainable it is for me to go home. I can’t wait to see my family again. I know going back to the states and having a quick break is going to refresh me and prepare me for my next steps.

I really just can’t believe my time is almost up on the island for good. It’s a refreshing breath of air to know that my hard work has FINALLY paid off, and it’s time to move onto the next phase of medical school. I can’t wait to see what Chicago has in store for me!

In comparison to this article, here’s the very first post I wrote about my first thoughts on the island: Thoughts: One Month on the Island

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