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Happy Thanksgiving from the Caribbean

on November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope all those back home are staying warm on this unusually cold Thanksgiving of 2013.  This Thanksgiving was weird on many levels.  First I am on an island away from family, I had to go to school today, and this was the first Thanksgiving without my Grandfather.  But despite these differences I was still able to enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner with 9 of my friends.  For dinner we went to the Marriott for their Thanksgiving Buffet with fruit punch, a salad bar, stuffing, grouper, honey mustard ham, turkey, pumpkin soup, cranberry sauce, walnut chocolate chip brownies, apple pie, pumpkin cheesecakes, and a tart.  All in all, this was a wonderful dinner but was not the same as being home with my family.  But thankfully 2 weeks from this evening I will be on a plane headed for O’Hare airport.  

While on the subject of Thanksgiving here is a little Thanksgiving riddle:  If April showers bring May flowers what do May flowers bring?

The Pilgrims!  Happy Thanksgiving.

As I stated above only 2 weeks until I get to go home for 4 weeks and 2 days which means that there are less than 2 weeks left to my second semester of medical school.  This past Monday was block 3 exams which once again went by smoothly.  In fact, on Tuesday I found out my class average in Biochemisty is 96.5 after 3 exams and 4 quizzes.  Dr. Mungli, our biochem teacher, has a policy in place where any student who has an average of 96 or above at this point of the semester gets an Excellence of Biochemsity award which I am 1 of 2 students to get this semester.  At the beginning of next semester there will be a little ceremony where the 2 of us will receive our certificates from the Dean of Basic Sciences, here at University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Dr. Mungli.  I am very proud of myself but was worried I had just missed the cutoff.  However, my friends had more faith in me than I did.  They were congratulating me on Tuesday before I had seen my grade.

I recently learned to quit double guessing myself on exams and to go with my gut answer unless there is no doubt in my mind that the answer is different than I originally thought.  Still I have to learn to have faith in myself for as Dr. Mungli explained in class on Wednesday.  God tells us that with faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains.  While I have not moved actual mountains I have moved figurative mountains that stood in my way of reaching my dreams.  I just need to learn to have this faith in myself.  As Dr. Mungli to reach the moon one must shoot for the stars.

So let’s all start shooting for the stars today and when we reach the moon we can celebrate!

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One response to “Happy Thanksgiving from the Caribbean

  1. Cindy H. says:

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING KIMBER! and Congratulations on your 96.5! I know how hard this time away from your family is but what you are gaining from this time is huge and time really is going quickly. One day… you will look back and it will just be a blink of an eye.
    God’s blessings to you!
    Love, Cindy H.

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