Round 3 exams are over! Only a couple more weeks until I’m back home in California! It’s been a nice time here in Grenada so far, but nothing beats California life. Round 3 exams went well. I can’t tell if I’m getting used to the workload or if classes actually got easier. What sucks is that I missed a whole week of classes to take my exams so now I’m stuck with Sonicing everything. For those of you that don’t know, Sonic Foundry is our school’s database of recorded lectures. This makes life insanely easier especially when you oversleep……. So far, only a couple of students have left the program, but everyone seems to be working hard especially in preparation for finals. There’s only 4 more weeks left on the beautiful island of Grenada. Hopefully I will be back next semester, and have way more time to explore the island.
Classes have gotten more interesting since midterms finished. In anatomy, we no longer have to memorize a whole bunch if muscles! Instead we have cranial nerves…. Also, we no longer have to take Learning Strategies after midterms so that saves even more time for studying! One of the best things about SGU is that I feel like students have a nice balance between school work and free time. For me, I find that it’s nice to take Fridays off to enjoy some dinner with friends and start up work again on the weekend with a fresh mind. Yesterday, there was a student sponsored event called “The Fort Party”. The event took place at the historical Fort Matthew which was a battle ground and asylum. The fort was filled with crazy tunnels and dungeons. Overall, the fort was pretty creepy at night, but the view was definitely spectacular. Wear a sturdy pair of shoes if you plan on going.
Now that the semester is almost over, I’m trying to think about what I will bring to next semester. The quote that has stuck in my mind all semester is
“insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”- Albert Einstein
Well, with that in mind, thanks for reading! Here are some quick pictures to end my post
I can’t believe this is Grenada
It’s been awhile since I last posted. A lot has changed since I first arrived. Grenada is a lot easier to adjust to than Saba. First off, there’s actually beaches in Grenada, and it’s hard to not be distracted when it’s right in my backyard! Secondly, there’s an actual grocery store with real food, not the canned and preserved stuff like at Saba. The amount of restaurants on this island is far more extensive (not saying crazy luxury though). I can’t wait until I actually have time to eat at restaurants other than the two that are walking distance from the dorms. I came here with all these plans to eat my way through Grenada, but I’ll have to postpone that for awhile since exams have been non-stop. Needless to say, I’ve been enjoying my time here. Maybe a little too much.
It’s been a busy semester so far. I’m currently taking 5 classes; Anatomy, Biochemistry, Psychology, Molecular Genetics and Physiology. Of all these classes, I find Physiology to be the most challenging, but then again, it has taught me how to work through tough subjects! Class starts at 8:30am :( I guess I can’t complain because I’m used to class at 8 in the morning. The one downside is taking the bus to school. On one hand, it’s nice to be isolated , but getting to school is such a struggle especially since the Professors don’t even take attendance. Surprisingly, I’ve been able to make about 95% of my lectures.
Oh right, I also lost my phone 2 weeks ago, so I don’t have all my pictures anymore. This just proves that medical students don’t just study 24 hours a day. There’s always a fun stuff happening at Bananas, and the school even hosts a couple of their own exciting events including Sandblast, which is just one huge, crazy beach party. Well off to study for round 3!
Today will officially be my 4th day on the island of Grenada! So far, it’s a beautiful place. The school overlooks the ocean and my dorm room is only a couple steps from the Grand Anse Beach. It’s taken me awhile to adjust to the time change and island because I’ve never been to a school this big. All I can say is, SGU is exactly like the pictures! My first couple days on the island was spent tracking down my lost luggage and attending orientation sessions. I’ve never lost my luggage on a flight, but surprisingly (not so surprising for locals) my luggage was left behind in my short flight from Trinidad to Grenada. Next time, I would recommend not taking a layover or just packing really light. The plane was overbooked so there was a huge backup with luggage. On my flight alone, there were almost 20 people that didn’t have their luggage. Luckily I had a small carry-on with most of my necessities.
My dad came to Grenada also to help me move in. He stayed at the True Blue Bay Inn which I highly recommend for other vacationers. The hotel has a nice restaurant that is right on the dock. All the rooms are also unique as they have many different sizes and they are cottage style. Just be careful of the birds, they will attack any unattended food here! While at True Blue Bay, I learned how to take the shuttle offered to SGU students. There are a couple different routes that the SGU shuttle takes, one of them is to my dorm at Grand Anse. These buses come at different times, but they are usually pretty packed. So far, I’ve pretty much only learned to take the shuttle to and from school.
Orientation has also just ended. There were many different “mandatory sessions” each filled with students from your class. Our sessions went about 1-2 hours each and by the end people just started picking and choosing sessions that would be helpful to them. I didn’t attend all of them because living off the main campus, it’s a hassle to wait around for 4 hours. I instead used my time to look at the various shops in the area. All in all, I found the shops to be a bit pricier than US stores, but that is to be expected. Grenada uses EC currency so the exchange rate is about 1US to 2.6EC. This makes buying items a bit difficult, but almost all stores I’ve seen takes either US dollars or credit card. My room does not have american plugs so I had to buy many different gadgets to switch from 240V to 110V. Overall, there’s still lots of exploring to be done. I haven’t even seen 3/4 of the island yet, but school starts Monday!
I am officially headed to St. George’s University in 4 short days. I’m not exactly sure what to expect. Yes, I’ve seen lots of pictures and watched just about every video on YouTube, but still, the thought of going to some island near Curacao seems so mysterious. Orientation actually starts on the 15th, but I’m heading down early to spend some time in Trinidad & Tobago as well. I’ve haven’t been to many of the Caribbean Islands so i’m in for a surprise. Luckily, one of my undergrad friends lives in Trinidad & Tobago, so I will get the insider’s perspective! In the past month, I’ve been randomly gathering everything I need to make this long journey across the country. Needless to say, I’m not even close to done packing. I found out that I need some sort of transformer thing because the voltage of some of my appliances won’t match the ones in Grenada. Also I’m bringing lots and lots of mosquito repellent. Grenada is known to have Dengue Fever, and not just that. Mosquitoes are extremely attracted to my blood.
The flight in total is about 9 hours non-stop… but of course all the flights have stops. My dad and I will be taking a flight of around 12 hours including layovers to get to Trinidad. This will give us ample time to sleep and prepare for all the adventures ahead! I am most excited about the potential exotic fruits on Grenada and lobster. I’ve traveled a lot, so I’m used to the tastes of many fruits including; lychee, starfruit, dragonfruit, papya, mangoes, pineapple, passionfruit and many others. I read somewhere that Grenada has over 300 exotic fruits! There will also be lobster. The Caribbean lobster is a bit different from the ones i’m used to in Maine. They have no claws and they’re filled with spiny points. Well, I will report back soon. Oh yeah, I guess some studying will be done also. This is Med School after all.
St. George’s University
Well, it looks like Merry Christmas to me!! As a new year is about to begin,I am also making some changes to my life! As everyone probably read from my previous posts, I recently left Saba University School of Medicine and have been waiting since then to transfer to a different medical school. My wish came true!!! I will be moving forward towards St. George’s University!!!! For those who haven’t seen or been to the school, it’s number 3 on this list:
can’t wait to experience the wonders of Caribbean life again!!
Well, since I’ll be studying up for the next couple of weeks, why not share some helpful Histology and Anatomy tools for all those going to medical school.
University of Leeds -this site is really great for an initial simplification of the concepts
Histology World - a series of games and fun histology activities
Histology Lectures Online- Pre-recorded Histology Lectures!
Blue Histology-An overall histology source
And of course there’s always Shotgun Histology videos found on youtube!