Update: Freshman Experience

Did my experience in high school prepare me for my first year of college?
My answer is most definitely.

My high school experience involved taking many rigorous classes. I took many Advanced Placement classes with the mindset of receiving credit for college, which would allow me to speed the process of achieving my bachelor’s degree or make room for other classes I would be interested in taking. Although I did not receive credit for all of my exams, I did gain experience of dealing with challenging classes that pushed my brain power, challenged my time management skills, and pressured me to cope with stress.

I was also involved in many clubs.  I was involved in community service clubs such as Key Club and the National Honors Society. I was also involved in cultural clubs, academic clubs, and career specific clubs. Becoming a secretary in Key Club and Art Club left a major impact my senior year. I was able to develop communication and leadership skills as well as interact with my peers, teachers, and community. I became more open minded to different types of backgrounds people came from and the ideas that they carried. On top of these clubs, I played the violin and took part in the School Orchestra and Symphony for about 9 years since 4th grade.

I highly suggest that students should take some challenging courses and be involved in clubs during high school.

Freshman Year, was a year filled with many new experiences. 

Decision:

All the colleges I applied to were in-state universities. I only applied to in-state schools since I knew that a great majority of my tuition, books, and housing fees would be paid by scholarships and grants. I am currently attending a large, four-year in-state public university. It is not a prestigious university, but it still has a good Pre-Med program to prepare me for Med School while meeting my financial window. Looking back now, I regret not applying to out-of-state universities. If you’re a high school student, you should definitely apply to a variety of universities: in-state and out-of-state and high ranking/prestigious schools and safe schools. You never know what opportunities you may find!
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Update: April Favorites

This is the first time I have collectively noted my favorites for the month. Let me know if this is something you’ll look forward to every month and what I should add!

April was a pretty laid back month. I had a few midterms and my classes were slowly tying themselves up. Finals are next week and I cannot wait to end my freshman year!

YouTube:

MARK WEINS



Mark Weins is absolutely the most ADORABLE man on this planet. That may have been a stretch but his adorable smile when he eats good food makes it difficult not to smile. I love his travel videos that combine food, culture, and people. I would watch his videos all day if I could.

Dr. Mike

Alright, who does not know Dr. Mike, a famous, handsome, and inspiring doctor. Well he just started a YouTube channel! I love his content so far. His morning routine makes me want to wake up earlier and begin my day being productive. I also love his “HOW DRUGS WORK: HIP HOP EDITION.” He’s definitely bringing awareness to drug concerns. He organizes, explain terms, and keep viewers interested very well.

Kai Tsang

I love his voice! It’s so calming and soothing. Perfect study music! He used to have so many covers; I’m so sad he deleted his covers.

Diet:

For the majority of March and April, I have cut down my consumption of red meat to only two servings per week. Also, I dedicated at least one day per week that I eat vegetarian. Growing up as a meat lover, I did not think that I could ever go more than a day meatless per week. I love my pork, and I love my beef. I hated eating my daily intake of vegetables. However, with a trip to the doctor’s office, I learned to value my health and eating habits. Continue reading

Traveling Tips

Summer is coming soon and that may mean that you can finally relax on the beaches of Florida or it may mean that you will finally experience the night markets of South Korea. Wherever you go, always be prepared before you fly out!

Book Your Flight on a Weekday
Often, airlines would lower flight prices on a weekday and increase the price on a Saturday. Each day of the week, check the price of airlines. Wait until a week goes by and book the flight on the cheapest day!

Check Airline Polices
What are the cost of booking and changing flights? How big are carry-on bags? What is the check-in bag weight limit? Continue reading

Summer Gains

Summer is approaching, which means you have all the time in the world to sleep! Just kidding. Summer is a long period of time that you should continue to maintain your growth and productivity!

Finals are around the corner, but there are some things you should keep in mind for a productive summer! Depending on the activity, you may want to schedule ahead of time or after your last final.

Volunteer

Pre-Med students! I encourage you to spend some time in the hospital. Gain experience by working with doctors, nurses, and other health professionals. Also, it is always nice to help others and give back to your community!

Don’t stop at the hospital. There are many volunteer opportunities out there! Volunteer at a local food bank or animal shelter. Take part in any events that you are passionate about!

Shadow

Three months is a long time that you could learn a physician’s work. You could probably shadow multiple physicians during this time!

Maybe medical school may not be your thing. Reach out to other occupations to have shadowing sessions! Find which career interests you and gain experience from it! Continue reading

Drama Review: Because of Meeting You


Because of Meeting You

Ep: 56

Because of Meeting You is a Chinese remake of the Korean drama: Come! Jang Bori. 

A bubbly and adored young woman, Zhang Guo Guo, works at her mother’s wonton shop, delivering wonton around the small town. She is hard working and has an upright personality. She always submits herself to her spoiled older sister, Zhang Yu Xin, but little does she know that she is adopted and that her biological family actually runs a famous embroidery workshop. As both sisters become devoted to the art of embroidery, they become rivals in the embroidery industry and in gaining affection from Guo Guo’s biological mother.

This drama is centered around embroidery, which I found very unique. I do not usually watch dramas incorporating fashion so I was very excited when I found this! I adore all the gorgeous qipao outfits! Honestly, I wish I could embroider.

This drama falls under the genre of melodramas, but was very adorable at the same time, centering around the themes of family and integrity. Continue reading

The Medical Tag

Hi there! Things have been busy recently with exams and paper deadlines, but now I’m back! I have been tagged by Mavis from @doctorinspe to do a Medical Tag. I hope that through this tag, the medical community on WordPress will grow. If you are tagged, I wish that you will join this tag and build this community! If you are interested in the medical profession and have encountered this post, I hope that you will too join!

Who are you and where do you study?
I am a first generation Vietnamese American college student. I am an eighteen year old freshman studying biochemistry/pre-med. I am currently studying in a large four-year public state university in the U.S.

When did you start studying medicine or premed courses?
I entered college with a declared major in biochemistry/pre-med, but I have already started my pre-med courses in high school. At my high school, I was able to take Advanced Placement courses, such as AP Chemistry and AP Biology, that gave me college credit. This has helped me stay ahead with my plan on graduating on time and making room for other exciting classes (Genetics, Anatomy, Physiology, etc!)

What made you choose the medical field?
I first decided to pursue pharmacy in 9th grade under the influence of my older sister. However, I did not seriously considered medical school until 11th grade. I was involved in a medical club in high school that exposed me to a great variety of medical professionals. One speaker stuck out to me. She was a procedural dermatologist that owned her own clinic. Her speech inspired me to become diligent and persistent in pursuing a career that I would love to wake up to each day. Through her speech I also realized my love for skincare. Continue reading

Match Day

Match Day is the third Friday of every March where fourth year medical students learn where they will continue their study (residency, internship, or fellowship) for the next three to seven years. According to the National Resident Matching Program, 2017 marks the highest number of applicants and positions offered. Over 31,000 positions were offered; that’s 31,000 new young physicians!!

Match Day may be one of the most nerve-wracking moments of a medical student. Medical school is a strict time period where students are forced to isolate themselves from the outside world. Who knows how many gatherings, reunions, birthdays, weddings, funerals, etc. have been missed during these years. After eight years of continuous study (4 years undergraduate, 4 years medical school), these hard working students are finally able to start settling down. Daughters and sons are finally able to return back to their hometowns and reunite with their family and friends. Others may finally start new lives in new states. Wherever they go, these doctors are now able to practice with their own hands, a goal that so many years and efforts have finally conquered.  Continue reading