April 22, 2014

RSO Bukidnon Summer Immersion Program: No Dull Moments!

Almost a week ago, one of the most awesome trips of my life officially ended. In two and a half weeks, I was able to experience so much! No Dull Moments, as my co-Bukidnoners (I, Nash, Therese, Divine, Aina, Cherry and Jab) would say.

Meet the group :)

The official date for the immersion-proper was April 7-11, but our trip lasted a lot longer because of the side trips we took. We explored not just Bukidnon, but also CDO. Aside from our immersion in Bukidnon, RSO also had simultaneous immersions in Batanes, Polilio Quezon, and Quezon Quezon. I'm sure those who immersed in other areas also had a wonderful time.

In this entry, I will give you a glimpse of how our Bukidnon/CDO trip went. I'll try my best to relay to you our adventures concisely, without sacrificing accuracy. 

Warning: This post is extremely long and image-heavy, but please stay with me.

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