Happy Earth Day!

Nowadays I’m trying to be more socially-aware, and I’m taking little steps to minimize my impact on this beautiful planet! I also like to attend the Plant and Green Thumb Festival every year too! I ran into some friends, and bought some plants for my air terrarium. Continue reading “Happy Earth Day!”

Little Life Updates #1: Sleep More.

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A little continuous series on small updates, goals, and thoughts.

I’m about to finish my first year of grad school.  The past few weeks have been stressful, but I’m still having fun interacting with other students whilst planning for the next year.

Am I losing sleep? Maybe, I have been sleeping a little later than usual. I set daily reminders to fix this behavior. I have a 12am alarm telling me to shut off my laptop and my 1am alarm for “lights out.” I didn’t go to bed until around 3am last night. I’m not out partying, but doing school stuff and taking long breaks in between with YouTube videos. Continue reading “Little Life Updates #1: Sleep More.”

Part 2: Panama In A Week – Singing and Exploring

Packing for Panama, Part 1: Panama In A Week – Medical Mission

This mission trip combined my education, love of traveling, and volunteering. I loved every moment of it from meeting new people, trying to improve my Spanish, and exploring with the group! One thing that I don’t love is that I’m currently sick since leaving Panama, and I have a cough that won’t go away!

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I got lots of compliments on my ombre dress.

Continue reading “Part 2: Panama In A Week – Singing and Exploring”

Part 1: Panama In A Week – Medical Mission

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Read this first to understand this post: Packing for Panama

Next Post: Part 2 – Sightseeing, budget, honest thoughts, and more pics!

This was the longest week I have ever experienced. It took us a day to get to Panama despite living in Florida. Group traveling and saving money meant taking the road that was less traveled by. I have spent a few nights and long hours in airports before, but this was by far the most uncomfortable 10 hour layover in Colombia. However, we did finally make it to Chitre, Panama. Continue reading “Part 1: Panama In A Week – Medical Mission”

Packing for Panama

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What I’ll be doing…

This is my second time out of the U.S., and my first time in Central America! I’m going to Panama in a few days with the University of South Florida (USF), the organization I’m going with is International Health Student Collaborative (IHSC) that are made up of medical, pharmacy, public health, and physical therapy students. USF has many organizations that visits Panama throughout the year, and they set up volunteer clinics at rural communities that do not have access to health care. The residents can come for free, and we provide screenings, wellness care, education, and donations. I’ll be volunteering for 4 days, and will have 2 days for sightseeing. I’m excited! Continue reading “Packing for Panama”

Put A Bird On It

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The title is extremely cliche, and I watched Portlandia to prepare for my trip to Portland, OR. Portlandia does not truly represent Portland, but I now understand some of the social context that Portlandia showcases.

In May 2016, my BF and I decided to take a trip to Portland to visit his old college roommate. His name is Chris. Chris is a marketing/business entrepreneur, and looks for opportunities to make a living while being completely independent and being his own boss. He takes short cuts, sometimes lazy, sometimes a little obnoxious, but I admire his competitiveness, initiative, risk-taking, and commitment to relocating. He has two sides: the jokster and the professional. I remember days when he opened a minor short-lived threading business, when he created perfumes, and how he tried to refurbish phones and sell them. Few will ever get to know the real Chris, and I got to see both sides. Continue reading “Put A Bird On It”

What is Public Health?

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A little background: 14, 18, 22

In high school I was the studious and well-rounded girl, and graduated at the top 10% of my class. High school is one of the most lame rite of passage any person has to take, and therefore, I hated high school. I hated missing class, I didn’t party, I didn’t like the kids too much, and I wasn’t interested in any of the guys. I wished I spent more time in high school developing skills and taking college courses.

In college I learned a lot, became more open minded, tried new things, and embraced new ideas. I became smarter, took chances, was more resourceful, and learned to be more efficient. I’m fortunate that my parents didn’t have to pay a dime towards college tuition, nor did I take out any loans. Scholarship and financial aid funded my college expenses, and left over money was used for personal expenses, my study abroad, and savings toward grad school. I also graduated in the top 10% as well. I know, bragging rights.

At 18, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and put down nursing as my major. I decided not to apply to the nursing program, and switched to public health and minor in business administration. After my bachelor’s degree, I was in full panic mode because I had no idea what was next. Luckily, I got a job and worked for about a year and I happily left that job. I knew I wanted to go back to school, and a Master’s degree was in my line of sight.

So what is public health? Continue reading “What is Public Health?”