Research.. While Abroad?!

Research. The never ending quest to discover the unknown, that all to often leads you to more questions than answers. If you’re a pre-med student like me, or if you plan on going into any form of post-graduate education you know how important research is. If you’re unsure about your plans after college, I’ll let you in on a little secret– research will help you gain more professional connections, enhance your chances at landing a dream job, and just give you more experience in something that you’re passionate about.

There is research everywhere, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a psychology, chemistry, finance, or forestry major; I guarantee you there is research being done in your field. Humans are greedy, we want the best of everything and in order find the best you have to explore a little.

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I currently have a research position at The University of Western Australia, partnered with Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Cancer Western Australia, looking at hormonal effects of/on breast cancer. However, a new study looking at Indigenous populations is in the works, and I’ve been training with DNA research of head and neck cancer as well. You may wonder how this is possible for someone under the age of 20, but I promise it’s easier than you think.

Where to even begin?

Whether you’re a Uni student or not, the place that you’re most likely to find entry level research opportunities is at a University near you. If you’ve had some research experience and are looking for a step up, I would suggest looking at a professional medical or business center.

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Most University’s have a tab on their home page dedicated to ongoing research and its conductors– let’s face it, as humans we love to brag. I would suggest creating a spreadsheet of all of the research going on in your field that interests you with the name and contact information of the person who is conducting it. Rejection is imminent so a list of 7-12 is a good start in my opinion. However, do NOT be snobby when trying to find research. Anything that sounds remotely interesting should go on your list because you never know what you’ll end up enjoying. 

So I have a list.. Now what?

Here’s a tip that will set you apart from everyone else applying for research opportunities, and it’s so simple many people over look it. Do research on the researcher. Familiarize yourself with their past publications, read and summarize their articles so you’ll have talking points. On top of that, their previous research will be a big indication as to whether or not you’ll actually enjoy/want to work for them.  

Sophisticated Spam

Now that you’ve compiled everything, you’re ready to send emails. I personally have a generic email template and swap out the researcher’s name and details in order to save time and effort. I usually try to make the subject something more than just, “Undergrad research opportunity.” First impressions are everything, and they may not open your email if they’re swamped with hundreds of others. Make your subject catchy, yet professional like, “Undergrad interested in your FSH work.” Click on the document below to see one of the many research emails I’ve sent! 

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Remember the more emails you send, the more likely you are to get a response. In addition, if the researcher wants to meet you should never say no. Researchers talk, so even if they may not have a space in their lab, they may know someone who does. At the end of the day connections are everything. 

Going above and beyond

Many people ask me how I got a research position while abroad because the requirements and lab standards can vary between countries. When applying for a job, you hand out a resume, so I decided to make a research resume with all of my previous experience divided into subject matter. This made things a lot easier because at the end of the email, it was just a file attachment and a, “P.S. If you’re interested in seeing what experience I have, it’s in the attached file.” Most people are extremely impressed by those who a. took the time to look at their work, and b. made a resume of everything they’ve ever done in a lab. It shows dedication and passion, which is exactly what researchers want in their labs. Click on the document below to see my research resume. 

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To sum it up.. 

People are going to tell you no, but when one door closes the back door or window opens. Life is too short to accept no for an answer and if you’re truly passionate, you will always find something else. John Lennon once said, “life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” Everything happens for a reason, and life tends to work itself out as long as you have patience and vision. Best of luck finding research and I hope you all discover something life altering in your practice! 

I believe in you! 

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-XO

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12,464 Miles with Emirates

12,464 miles and 36 hours later this little girl from Vermont (the tiny state near Canada) has found herself in Perth. For the next four months, I’ll embark on one of the most soul-searching journeys there is- studying abroad.

A lot of you may not know me or what I do, so here is a little inside scoop. I’m a biochemistry major, pharmacology and nutritional food science minor, studying at The University of Vermont (UVM). UVM is a rowdy University nestled in the quaint city of Burlington, Vermont. Burly is absolutely breathtaking and full of genuine, down-to-earth, kind souls. It’s hard to get bored here, there is always something to tie dye, a new vegan recipe to try, a rally of sorts, or just a creeemee (fattier soft serve) to accompany you at sunset on Lake Champlain. However, being the sixth generation to grow up in the same town, I figure it was time to get away, about as far away as possible.

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Picking My Flight

I began searching for my flight four or five months before my departure, and although I wanted to get one of the cheapest flights possible, I also wanted to ensure that I had a smooth and safe trip as well.

Residing in Vermont blesses you with one of the most expensive international airports in the U.S.– BTV. Therefore, by simply getting your friends, family, or Megabus driver to take you a state or two away you can save hundreds of dollars. The cheapest airport I found to fly out of (round trip) the East Coast to Perth, Western Australia was Boston at $1200.  REMEMBER the cheapest is not always the best, it had a 17 hour layover in Qatar. A few hours later and I settled on Emirates with a seven hour layover in Dubai on the way there and a three hour layover on the way home for a whopping $1350– before traveler’s insurance.

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The Departure- Flight One

A six hour car rider later and I was in Boston to have one last dinner with my family until Christmas. Navigating the airport wasn’t hard, everyone was helpful enough and the halls were labeled. Security took about an hour to get through and the barista at Starbucks made a mean green tea frap in record time. However, all good things must come to an end. There was a problem with overbooking certain premium economy/ economy seats so not everyone got the seat they had originally paid for. Luckily, Emirates being the kind, sensible airline that they are upgraded all of those who had paid for premium economy (and lost their seat) to business and first class. YES, I got upgraded to FIRST CLASS for free, talk about the biggest blessing for a 13.5 hour flight. 

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In Cabin Experience- Flight One

Hot towels. Scented hot towels. Then, a kit with a luxury sleeping mask, Bvlgari perfume, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, and other toiletries was passed my way. On top of that, a menu where I got to write what I wanted from my own personal chef WITH the option to request times to be woken up if I’m asleep, came through. Oh, and did I forget to mention that I had my own cubicle with a desk, lamp, TV, and bed? 

I wasn’t feeling too hot– I get really bad jet bloat– so, I decided to sleep for most of the flight and requested to be woken up for a scrumptious French Toast breakfast an hour before arrival. 

The French Toast was delicious, way better than I anything I was expecting to come from an airplane. The hostess was absolutely marvelous, always checking in on me asking if I needed anything, offering mimosas and more hot, scented towels. Unfortunately, whatever goes up, must come down and we began our descent. Bellies full and hands sanitized. 

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The Layover

Seven hours is just too long for a layover. In my opinion, the perfect layover is 3-5 hours max. I arrived in Dubai at 19:00 and wasn’t scheduled to depart again until 02:00– what is there to do? I explored, walked around, ate an overpriced, subpar muffin, and tried to rest while clutching my personal belongings. Time crawled. 

The Departure- Flight Two

I’m sure your wondering if I’m the luckiest person alive, but sorry to burst your bubble. I’m not.  It was back to the peasant life of economy for me. One hot towel rather than endless, a mere toothbrush, prescribed meals, and bare minimum leg room was what I had to look forward to for the next 12 hours. That being said, I can’t complain about Emirates, the second flight was good for what I paid and I’m sure there are much worse stories about flying around the world. 

The Arrival

Legs wobbly, and not a single familiar face in sight, I touched down on the place I’ll call home for the next four months. Emirates was very quick with baggage retrieval; they managed to keep all of my things together and in one piece! 

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The Verdict

All in all I would give Emirates an 8.3/10 for my experience. Their customer service was impeccable, but I got to see how both sides live on an airplane and let me tell you money certainly talks. However, I would recommend Emirates to anyone who is looking to travel long distances and who knows, maybe you’ll get lucky like I did! 

Stay tuned for many more adventures in Perth! 

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-XO 

 

July 13th– Shimmer Through 

To all of my makeup lovers out there, I recently discovered Younique and I’m obsessed!!

Younique is an all natural, hypoallergenic, animal cruelty free makeup line that is absolutely stunning for all types and shades of skin. On top of that, Younique helps combat domestic violence against women through The Younique Foundation.

Whether you’re looking for liquid gold foundation (only 3-5 drops for your entire face), 3D fiber Mascara (#1 on Cosmopolitan online make up), Royalty skin care (masks, anti-wrinkle serum, e.t.c.), or some fun lip and eye shadows we’ve got it all!

Go to dxglam.com to purchase yours today!

Message me or comment if you want the experts to match your skin tone to our products or if you have any other questions!

Below is a video of today’s shimmer look and how I achieved it!

Featuring:

⚜️Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

⚜️Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 1

⚜️Moodstruck Precision Brow Liner in Light

⚜️Moodstruck Splash Liquid Lipstick – Sentimental

⚜️Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation in Organza used as p​rimer

 


Here are the before and after!! Just look at what so little can do.

 

-XO

 

Passing Your PTCB

Have you ever thought about becoming a pharmacy technician or going to pharmacy school? In order to become a pharmacy technician you have to be 18+ and pass something called The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) otherwise known as The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) . The PTCB is required in 46 states and is not hard to pass as long as you have the right tools and time to study. I passed my exam, so I figured why not help you out.

THE EXAM

When arriving at the testing center, all you will need is a photo ID. They provided me with a calculator and scratch paper to ensure that no one was cheating.

The exam consists of 90 questions and is on a scale of 1000 to 1600, a 1400 is considered passing. Luckily, only 80 questions are graded because 10 are randomly thrown out. You are allotted 120 minutes to complete the test which is online and multiple choice. Luckily, the program allows you to flag questions and go back for further review at the end. Once the review is complete, it will give you a preliminary pass or fail print out and your official results will be given in 1-3 weeks, explaining which questions you got wrong.

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Topics covered on the exam and their break down:

  • Pharmacology for Technicians (13.75%)
  • Pharmacy Law and Regulations (12.5%)
  • Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding (8.75%)
  • Medication Safety (12.5%)
  • Pharmacy Quality Assurance (7.5%)
  • Medication Order Entry and Fill Process (17.5%)
  • Pharmacy Inventory Management (8.75%)
  • Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement (8.75%)
  • Pharmacy Information System Usage and Application (10%)

PREPARATION

There are lots of materials and apps out there that claim to be the best. However, I’ll tell you what worked best for me.

I read the PTCB Exam Study Guide 2015-2016: PTCB Exam Study Book and Practice Test Questions for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination by Trivium Test Prep ($35). It is broken down into five chapters and tells you almost everything you need to know about the exam.

I also used the official PTCB application by Pocket Prep which was $10 from the app store and had over 800 questions and customized practice exams for whenever I wanted to study and didn’t have my book.

Finally, I made a Quizlet with all of the mathematical conversions, medical terminology, drug names, classes, uses, and adverse effects. (I’ll post the link to this as soon as I take it off private).

SCHEDULING YOUR EXAM

Go online to ptcb.org and make sure you’re in the Get Certified tab. Click on apply for certification and you’ll need to create a profile. It will ask you personal/demographic questions and then you’ll need to complete your application. The application comes with a $130 fee which actually counts for your testing fee. Once your application is approved they will send you an ID number and then you can schedule your exam. You can schedule your exam online or over the phone. I found that the phone was easier, but to each their own. The phone number to call and schedule your exam is +1(866)902-0593 which is the Pierson VUE Center.

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ADVICE AND OUTLOOK

If you do all of the above diligently, I have no doubt in my mind that you’ll pass your exam with flying colors. I recommend studying up to two to three weeks in advance, maybe more depending on your lifestyle.  A pharmacy technician can expect to earn from $12-$18 an hour, but there is room for expansion if you specialize in various drug preparation methods such as compounding or chemotherapy. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), employment rates for pharmacy technicians are expected to increase more than 9% between 2012 and 2022.

Best of Luck! You’re going to kill it!

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XO

 

 

 

 

Getting your CNA/LNA

Most medical schools would prefer if you have some patient contact experience. One of the easiest ways to acquire these hours, while getting paid, is obtaining your CNA/LNA. A CNA is a Certified Nurse Assistant, and an LNA is a Licensed Nurse Assistant. Essentially, they are one and the same, but the requirements and terminology vary from state to state. If you’re not applying to medical school but are thinking physician assistant (PA) or even nursing school, your CNA/LNA will give you the upper hand. In fact, most PA schools require 1000+ hours of patient contact experience, so getting your CNA/LNA early can help alleviate a lot of stress and help you save for school.

What does a CNA/LNA do?

I’m not going to sugar coat it. A CNA/LNA gets the $h!tty end of the stick, quite literally. A CNA/LNA’s job is to help a resident or patient with activities of daily living (ADLs). For example, an LNA is in charge of helping a patient get dressed, brushing their teeth/hair, helping them toilet, and even eating. That being said, your job description varies depending on the facility that you’re working at. In a hospital setting, there is a lot more cleaning involved and a smaller person to patient ratio. In a nursing home or assisted living facility, the residents tend to be more dependent and there is a larger person to resident ratio. All in all, if you’re not willing to get elbows deep in human excrement I wouldn’t suggest this particular career path.

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How do I become a CNA/LNA?

In order to become a CNA/LNA you will have to take a course that has anywhere from 40-80 class hours, 40+ shadowing hours, and then pass a state board exam. The class is not cheap, usually they range from $1,000 to $1,500. That being said, many classes offer scholarships and a lot of facilities will pay for your course if you agree to work for them for 6-12 months.

The easiest way to figure out what classes are available near you is google. Simply type, “CNA or LNA classes near me,” and a list should come up showing you nearby facilities. Most classes have websites for you to look in order to see the class requirements, syllabus, and cost. Use the websites to compare prices and potential experience gain when deciding which class is best for you. Classes may also run for different lengths, i.e. there may be a Monday-Friday course for a few hours a day for ~six weeks or a Saturday/Sunday course for the entire day for ~10 weeks. Make sure that you pick a class that suits your lifestyle. For example, I took my class on the weekends during the spring semester of college because I was a full time student Monday through Friday. In my opinion, it was not hard to manage at all.

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Once you’ve finished the class you have to take the board exam. It is typically divided into two sections, writing and practical. In the writing portion you are given a multiple choice exam and in the practical you are required to demonstrate skills that are chosen for you at random in front of a state examiner to prove your proficiency. For example, you may have to demonstrate how to clean dentures, reposition a patient, take a patient’s blood pressure, dress a paraplegic patient, e.t.c. Although this sounds intense, your class should fully prepare you for this exam. As long as you do well, pay attention in class, and feel comfortable with the skills you should have no problems passing the exam.

What should I do once I have my CNA/LNA?

Start the job search. Keep in mind that some facilities will offer to pay for your course if you agree to work for them for 6-12 months. This is a great option if you’re looking for a job immediately after the exam, and you don’t want to pay for it. However, if you cannot seem to find a facility to pay for your exam, a lot of facilities will offer you a sign on bonus if you agree to work for 6-12 months which will essentially reimburse you for the class.

As a CNA/LNA you can work in a lot of different patient settings. There are acute and long term rehabilitation centers, hospitals, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, long term facilities, and even doctor’s offices and clinics. Basically, the possibilities are endless, and CNA/LNAs are always in need.

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As an LNA you can expect to make anywhere from $11-$18 dollars an hour starting out, depending on where you work and your preferred shift. Health care is a 24 hour job, so you get can choose from day, evening, or night shift.

To sum it up, being a CNA/LNA is not the most glamorous job in the world, nor is it something I would suggest making a 30 year career out of. However, it is a great stepping stone into the field of healthcare and the experience you’ll earn is priceless.

Best of Luck, 


-XO

 

 

Flyin’ Frugal

A lot of people ask me how I can afford to travel the world while in college, but to be brutally honest with you, I can’t. Whenever I decide to go on a trip I start planning about eight months in advance. I have to think about my destination, the time, and most importantly the cost. Everything I do is calculated and I fund almost all of my trips.

The Destination

The first thing that I do when planning an excursion is sit down with a calendar and look at possible dates. The two things that I keep in mind are my desired duration and destination. For example, I don’t want to travel to Asia in monsoon season, nor do I want to go to Africa for only a week. To me, in order for a trip to be enjoyable it should last anywhere from 10-30 days.

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Europe is typically cheaper in the fall and winter months (November to March), while Asia and Africa are cheaper in the summer months (May-August). That being said, make sure to research the weather patterns during the time in which you wish to travel. Cheaper flights typically correspond to a less picturesque experience.

Guesstimating The Cost

Once I have settled on a place and time frame I check lots of websites in order to estimate the cost of the flight, living, and potential adventures. I find that one of the easiest ways to keep track of everything is to make a spreadsheet listing the cost, activity, and website link– just in case I accidentally close out of something or forget where I saw a coupon.

I typically start my search by using an incognito browser. I’ve read articles in the past that explain how an airline company tracks your interests and can potentially raise the cost because they know you’re interested. That being said, I’ve also read articles that debunk the myth, so to each their own– but I personally like feeling stealthy.

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With my incognito browser open, I first go to Skyscanner or STA Travel. Skyscanner/STA are some of my favorite tools because you can set a range of destination dates (Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually cheaper), which allows you to see a range of flights for all different prices. It also helps you get an idea of layover lengths/locations. In Skyscanner/STA, I play around with various departure locations as well. Sometimes flying out of JFK vs. YUL can make a $500 difference and it would only cost you $50 to take a train/bus or you could opt for a 7 hour drive. Once I’m satisfied with the departure location I take my search to other websites in order to find the best deal.

In addition to Skyscanner/STA Travel, I like browsing other travel websites in order to find deals. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing your ticket from Skyscanner, you could from STA but in my experience I always find a slightly better deal on the other websites. One of my favorite websites to visit is Student Universe, they have endless deals for people who are trying to fly frugal. I also really enjoy Kayak and Google Flights. That being said, do not forget to check the host airline company’s website. Sometimes you’ll find that they are providing the same deal and you can earn miles for future trips!

 

All in all, the key to flyin’ frugal is patience and research. The more research you do, the better deals you’ll find. Rome wasn’t built in a day, meaning I don’t know how you thought you could plan a trip there in one either.

Bon Voyage! 

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-XO

 

Berry and… spinach smoothie bowl?

Out of all of my friends, I think I consume the most amount of pureed fruits and vegetables and there is only one explanation– smoothies. This is by far my go to, and it costs less than $3 to make. Every time that I drink it, I feel ready to accomplish anything and it is great for both the summer and winter. Whether you’re trying to boost antioxidants or cool down, a smoothie is always the answer.

The Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups of frozen triple berry mixture
  • 1 cup of frozen spinach
  • 4 oz of greek vanilla yogurt
  • 4 oz of orange juice
  • Granola
  • Fruit of Choice

 

If you’re really into organic produce you can go to a co-op or your organic produce section and then pre-freeze the ingredients. However, I’m ballin’ on a budget so Walmart/Price Chopper are where my spare dollars reside. At Walmart, I typically buy the 48oz Triple Berry Mix for $10. At Price Chopper I buy the bag of frozen spinach that is on sale (usually $1 or $2) and the cheapest tub of vanilla greek yogurt ($5). I also buy the granola ($4) and fruit of the week ($5) at Price Chopper– this week it was BOGO strawberries and 1.99/lb cherries! As for the orange juice, I’ll buy it from either place.

The Layering

Most people don’t understand that the key to efficient blending and equally distributed flavor is all in the layering. The thing that is furthest from the blade should be the largest/hardest ingredient (the berries) followed by the less hard/ big ingredients (spinach). After that, the liquid can be added so that it reaches the top of the frozen ingredients (orange juice). Finally, add in the yogurt– this should be closest to the blade.

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The Presentation

I get it, you’re busy, so I’ll let you in on a little secret. You don’t actually have to eat this in a bowl and/or add fancy decorations. Simply skip the granola/fruit of the week topping and blend a little longer in order to reach a smoother consistency. All you have to do now is throw in a straw and call it a day.

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That being said, if you have a little extra time on your hands and are a Pinterest lover like myself, the smoothie is your canvas and the fruit, your paint. I typically add two fruits ranging from strawberries to clementine. It all comes down to what is on sale and in season.

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If you’ve never had a vegetable/fruit smoothie combo, the first sip may taste a little more Earthy than you’re used to; but like cheap alcohol, the more you sip the better it tastes.

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At first you get this cool, sweet, berry flavor that is hushed by the spinach, and then brightened by the orange juice; followed by the added thickness from the yogurt as the refreshing bolus slides down your throat. Wait… sometimes there is an added burst of texture or flavor from the granola/fruit that keeps you wanting more until you hear that dreadful pang of the spoon against your bowl.

Keep in Mind

The world is round, do not limit yourself to my preferred ingredients. Add and swap as you please, and if you find something better let me know!

Hope you enjoyed!

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-XO

 

What does it mean to be pre-med?

Medical school is typically thought of as an unattainable facade that only the most brilliant and privileged can reach. However, in my experience that is not even close to the case. Medical school is not for the smart and privileged, it is for the passionate and dedicated. The people who are willing to put in extra work in order to make a difference in the lives of others.

Many people assume that medical school only requires an impeccable GPA. Unfortunately, being able to regurgitate facts in an exam will only get you so far. You have to show that you are a well rounded person, someone who can handle stress and all types of people. After all, you never know who is going to walk into your practice and what their circumstances might be.

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Most medical schools require the following:

  • One year of general biology with lab
  • One year of general chemistry with lab
  • One year of organic chemistry with lab
  • One year of general physics with lab

Although it may not be required, I suggest taking the following in order to give you an outside edge:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Neurology
  • Pharmacology

 

 

Aside from academics, most medical schools will look for the following:

  • Shadowing medical professionals
  • Volunteer experience
  • Research experience
  • Leadership skills
  • Healthy habits
  • Mind broadening/life altering experiences

All in all, what ever you put in is what you’re going to get out, and not everyone’s path is the “standard” four year plan. There are many options; such as a 5+ year plan, post-baccalaureate programs, or vocational schools. The most important thing to keep in mind is that it is a good thing to be different, and it is YOUR journey to success. You are human, you will make mistakes, but maintain desire and enjoy the hardships. The road to medical school is not a sunny interstate, it is a winding backroad that has black ice and unplowed spots in the depth of a frigid winter. That being said, it is important to remember that winter is not forever, spring and summer are always just around the bend.

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XO

Vietnam

Vietnam is a country abundant in opportunity. Whether you’re interested in religion, history, or relaxation, there is something for everyone! I spent a month exploring the country and these are the things worthy of your interest.


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Hanoi is home to the Noi Boi International Airport (HAN), an excellent place to start your journey around the country. Due to the immense time difference from the United States, I landed around 22:00 Vietnam time in an attempt to rectify my soon-to-be shattered sleeping schedule. I was fortunate enough to start my trip off in style and stayed at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

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Once I was rested and bathed in a fresh coat of SPF 70, I decided it was time to let the adventure begin. In Hanoi, there are no road/lane marks, and the only traffic rule seldom followed is that red lights means stop. It is almost impossible to navigate your way through the city without calling a taxi (if you’re in a group) or renting a moped. The moped is the cheapest option, but be prepared to honk and WEAR YOUR HELMET.

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In Hanoi there are a lot of temples/pagodas and museums. Some of the religous sites wirth noting are: The Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Su Temple, Temple of Jade Mountain,Cua Bac Church, and the pagoda in the Hoan Kiem Lake. Some museums worth seeing are: The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and The Vietnam Fine Arts Museums. However, if temples and museums aren’t your style I suggest visiting the Old Quarter or taking a trip to the Hanoi Botanical Gardens. The one thing that everyone should experience in Hanoi is a water puppet show.

 


Halong Bay

If you get the chance to visit Halong Bay, I suggest a junk boat cruise or outing. An outing will be cheaper and you’ll still have access to dangerously sweet beverages, but some of the cruises offer extra exploration activities such as kayaking away from the ship through caves in order to find hidden temples and fishing villages.

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Warning: The jellyfish in the bay can be very large, they look comparable to a gallon of milk and spiders may fall onto your canoe while kayaking through caves. That being said, wear a life jacket and you’ll be set.

 


Hue

Hue is a city full of exquisite detail and history. I would highly recommend visiting the Imperial City in order to learn about the dynasties and a few temples if you have time. In my opinion, the ones that are worth your time are The Pagoda of the Celestial Lady and Thê Mieu.

 

If you’re feeling athletic and would like to hike or climb stairs I would recommend Mount Ngu Binh (Royal Screen) or the Tomb of Khai Dinh. Any other interests should refer to google search.

 


Hoi An

Shop until you drop, relax on a beach, drink pure coconut. Simply indulge. However, if you’re feeling adventurous head into town and make a wish on a paper lantern at night while eating food on the river.

 


Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Night life, traffic, and more shopping. Check out the amusement parks if you’re traveling with kids who need to cool down in the Sun. Eat a bowl of pho, I promise it is more flavorful in the South.

 


Mekong Delta (Vietnam’s Venice)

One of the coolest places to explore, both literally and figuratively. Enjoy fresh fruit from the river market– obtained by linking boats that are MOVING– and see how the other half lives. If river lounging isn’t your pace head into the depth of the delta and bike around winding narrow paths with the locals.

 


HOPE YOU ENJOYED TRAVELING WITH ME!

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-XO