So much is happening in my life right now, it’s hard to know what to put on a page.
Starting week six of the program, already more than halfway through the first term! It’s incredible what they can teach you in that amount of time, the information just comes hurtling in on a daily basis. Two tests already this week, thank heavens I studied anatomy in undergrad!
A few stats:
Courses: 10 (5 lecture, 5 lab)
Classes per day: 2-3
Distance from home: 1.8 miles
Exams completed: 7
Exams looming: 10
Avg class size: 18 or 100
This past weekend I got to move into my new home. Two helpers and three trips to storage. Now I have more of my things and a bedroom of my own, to organize in the coming weeks. Besides a desk and a dog, I think I have basically all I need.
I am touched by how many of you remembered me today and sent a word of support on my first day of medical school. It was a sweet day all around. We had a welcome from the NCNM community, complete with drums, clapping, and a show of many faces in our first lecture. I had more opportunities to connect with fellow students. I even got to have dinner with my little bro. There will be a lot of work to do, but I am confident that I’m in a supportive community, surrounded by resources, and with an auspicious bent.
Where have I been since April? Primarily Southeast Alaska! Frederick Sound. Chatham Strait. Stephen’s Passage. Juneau. Sitka. Hoonah. Kake. Petersburg!
What a summer it was too. Having been hired on a 67′ charter cruise, I flew up to spend some time with friends I love. After a week of R&R, it was time to board the vessel and heave to. My summer was spent in a continuous cycle of 7 days out, 2 days in, viewing the wildlife, the scenery, eating fresh fish, and enjoying diverse company, followed by two days of recovery! And what wildlife, spectacular! Whales and mountain goats, seals and seal lions, otters, birds, and bears, oh my!
I plan to write a more detailed account, but I wanted to thank you for visiting in my absence! Much more to come in the weeks ahead!
So it’s 2013 and the school apps are in! One to Bastyr University in greater Seattle, and one to NCNM in Portland. Yes, back to Oregon. I did a campus visit to Bastyr and got very excited, love their campus, but I am
first frost & a clear day