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My large step but God’s small step

on December 16, 2014

Those who know me know that it has long been my dream to become a doctor and I can say that I am well on my way to fulfilling this dream but it has not been easy.  In 2011 I took the MCAT and began to apply to Medical school and was accepted to University of Medicine and Health Sciences.  The one problem the first half of the program takes place on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.  Realizing this is the school where God wanted me a million questions flowed through my head.  How could I ever survive so far from family and friends?  What happens if there is a hurricane? What if I don’t make any new friends?  What about church? to name a few.  From the moment I reserved my seat I doubted I would make it even through the first semester.

Well I decided to risk it and paid for my first semester, I mean what would be the worse that could happen?  I would be out of $8000.  Then it came…that April morning of 2013…the morning I took a HUGE LEAP OF FAITH and boarded the plane with my parents heading to this island.  The next challenge came that Friday when I had to say goodbye to my parents, I did not think I would let them leave without me, I cried my eyes out…it was the first time I had a goodbye like that (let me tell you they do not get easier).  That first semester was not easy learning how to be away and losing my Grandfather.  But despite the challenges I did amazingly well and made some great friendships that I expect to be lifelong despite the fact that we all live in different parts of the country.

Fast-forward 19 months and here I am today having just completed my last final of the basic science portion of my medical education.  These months have been hard having to miss out on so many things at home.  These months have been challenging with my nose buried in the book most every day (medical school is not easy feat it takes determination).  They have been filled my self-doubt.  I honestly thought on multiple occasions that I would fail.  But through it all God has been here to show me what I can really do and to give me so many new experiences:

1. I have experienced multiple earthquakes.

2. 2 tropical storms (1 was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane after it passed my island)…for those of you who have never experienced on let me tell you the wind is so loud and annoying.

3. My first time living on my own without having friends next door (like in my college dorm suite)

4. My first time living outside of the USA

5. My first encounter with a live patient as a medical student

6. My first experience with healthcare in a developing nation (more about this in a future post)

These are taste of my life of firsts these past 19 months where I have tried to soak up as much as possible about anatomy, embryology, cell biology, histology, biochemistry, behavioral sciences, microbiology, physiology, pathology, neurology, pharmacology, and epidemiology.  Now I am transitioning to clinical sciences portion of my education.  As such I will be moving up to Maine in January.

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2 responses to “My large step but God’s small step

  1. Z says:

    Congrats! Looking forward to reading more about your clinical years.

  2. Cindy H. says:

    We are so proud of YOU!!!!
    Love & Hugs xox

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