January 25, 2014

Congratulations UPCM 2019 Interview Qualifiers!

(c) UPCM Class 2018 FOP Committee
The UPCM 2019 interview qualifiers' was released yesterday and I only found out about it last night as I was checking my facebook news feed before going to sleep. To all those who qualified, congratulations! You're most probably both thrilled and nervous! I'm excited for you :) Anyway, do well in your interviews! May the Lord bless you and direct your next steps!

December 29, 2013

A Resurfacing Dream

I tried to name this the least cheesy way possible and this is the best I can come up with.

For a couple of months I have not posted anything on this blog even if I've promised to. I've been busy keeping up with all the activities most of which are extra curricular. There was TRP (Tao Rin Pala), UP College of Medicine's yearly variety show and chorale competition. This event has long been a UPCM tradition in which the College's different classes, organizations and departments put up the best show possible to prove that there is life outside medicine for those in the field. Then there was the Lantern Parade, where it's also a tradition that the 1st year medical students build the College's entry for the University's Lantern Contest, the winner of which will represent the University in UP Diliman's Lantern Parade. A greater pressure was placed on our shoulders to make an award-winning lantern because for 2 years, our College has won first place! We had to rise to that level to uphold our batch's name. Thanks to my awesome batchmates, and to God, we won! On top of that, we had to study for our exams, one of which, the Renal Physiology exam, is dubbed the most difficult exam ever in LU3 (1st year). I hope now you understand why once again, I failed as a blogger.

October 20, 2013

The Come Back - My Blog's Not Dead!

My blog's been silenced for a couple of months, and that's something I haven't intended. I hoped to keep on updating this blog, and follow others' even if I knew medical school would keep me busy. However, my academic load, and my being a slacker prevented me from doing so. I've poured so much work on this blog before medical school started and I don't want my efforts to go down the drain. So, now that I'm officially on break, I will try my best to revive it.

Just like how a mountain is conquered peak after peak,
so am I going through medical school - sem after sem.
The first semester of my first year in medical school is now over. Even though I will still be haunted by exam results, I'm still glad it's done. Thinking about the experience, I would like to describe it in one word – DIFFERENT. Different because it was far from what I've expected. I thought this time, I would change – be more sociable, responsible, diligent at the same time explorative. I also hoped to be come joyful amidst the pain of studying, because at last, I am where I wanted. Sadly, none of that happened.

Medical school turned out to be a different kind of struggle. The kind that until now I still could not completely define. But in retrospect, I realized that it wasn't so bad after all. I met new people, made new friends, and had myself exposed to a world different from what I was used to. Though medical school turned out to deviate from my romanticized vision of it, at least I feel like I'm doing something worthwhile. I still can't imagine doing something else with my life, but I do hope I start enjoying this academic torture.

In the last semester, I watched more movies and shows than I ever did before (1 season of Emily Owens MD, 2 seasons of Two Broke Girls, and 8 seasons of How I Met Your Mother), slept more hours than when I was in college and ate a lot more (yes, I'm a stress eater). Though my stress response mechanism turned out to be more of “flight” than “fight”, thank God I did not suffer as much as my attitude and habits deserved. I know that it's God's will for me to be here and I can feel Him pushing me to my limits so that I will grow in full acknowledgment of my limitations and His capabilities.

I know what I'm experiencing does not compare to the future workload of my chosen career path. I know I have much more time now than I would in second year (or in future years). but that isn't my concern right now. My goal is to adapt to this new life, and to do so fast. I don't know what the second semester will be like, but I've got a whole semester to think about that. Right now, a break is a break, and rest must be enjoyed when it's due. With that, HAPPY SEMESTRAL BREAK! :)

August 12, 2013

Next Chapter: Medical School

Ever wondered what has happened to me? Well, Medical School - that's what happened to me. It's been so long since I've posted anything on this blog and that's because medical school abducted me from the rest of the world. For the past 2 months, I've done nothing but to try to survive it.

June 10, 2013

Encouragement Weekly Photo Challenge - #4

June 8, 2013

A public birthday greeting for Karen, my sister

What a way to get back to blogging, by giving my sister, Karen, a public birthday greeting! Happy happy happy 20th Birthday Karen! 

Dear Sister, 

Today is the day you leave your teenage years behind, and start being a non-teenager, pressing on to become a woman! With this, new challenges and responsibilities might come your way, but I know you are prepared for what life will bring you. You’ve got a strong God with you so you do not have anything to worry about. 

I’m so happy for how God worked in your life so that you can be where you are now! God has been using your college years, to mold you into a better person, and I can see that. Now that you’re approaching the last of your college years, I hope that it will be the best college year ever. I also hope that as your life unfolds, it will get better and better. 

I wish you all the best my dear sister! Whether in the future, it would be medical school, or working overseas as a med tech that you would pursue, as long as it is in God’s will, I will support you!  Happy Happy Happy Birthday! God bless! 

Love lots,

PS: I miss you already! I’m alone here in my room, how I wish you’re still around so that I have somebody to talk to. I’d rather argue with you than not have anybody around at all! But I know I got to be strong especially because medical school is starting in two days! I hope you’ll decide to do medical school in the future, and become my room mate.

*Sorry I rushed this greeting because Dad's here already and he's making me rush!