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!
So Saba didn’t turn out so well after-all. For some personal reasons, I decided to withdraw and come back home I wish everything had turned out differently, but sadly not everything always does. Like one of my favorite quotes:
“ Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”
Leaving Saba has made me even more determined than ever to become a doctor because it’s the only thing in my life that’s has ever been an obstacle. Just like at the Children’s Hospital, when things get tough, you cant’t just give up! That could be the difference between life and death. If I wanted to, I could’ve easily gone into Music, or Math my other two passions, but that would’ve been too easy. Music and math comes too naturally so I feel like everyday would be too mechanic. Since leaving Saba in August, I’ve moved back home and continued to take Science classes that I know will be a challenge at my next school. Thank you to the lifelong friends I’ve made at Saba, I will never forget the memories we made and lessons you’ve taught me. I wish everyone all the best! Now onto bigger and better things!
Haven’t posted in awhile. It’s been an extremely busy semester. As a first semester student, we are required to take Histology and Anatomy. It seems like just 2 classes, but it takes almost every hour of hard studying and preparation to get through the class. When I last wrote, it was around Block 1. Now, it’s almost Block 4! HOW TIME FLIES.
I’ve been enjoying the island life. There are hundreds of goats and roosters that wake all the students up in the morning. The island, though small, has much to offer. This is the perfect place to study, the beach is only a small walk away, but far enough where it doesn’t become a distraction. The hills and rigorous paths keep all the students in shape. Currently, all the students are looking for housing since Saba only offers housing for the 1st semester. Other than that, not much has happened the last month or so . All there is to do here is study study study!It’s been raining like crazy (which is pretty rare for Saba).
Last week after block 3, we all went out to pick fresh mangoes! So much for a food shortage here!!
Block exams are tomorrow. To prepare for Anatomy, here’s a short song!
Well, a week has gone by already!! Saba life definitely had it’s challenges. Since I was put into the Matthews Dorm, our room has flooded, been filled with creepy crawlies and the power has gone out. This is all something that I will have to get used to though. The first week in there were 2 holidays that made moving in very challenging. since saba has no direct route, everything gets shipped. The shipments don’t come in during the holidays leaving only processed foods on the shelf (probably not a problem since I cant afford fresh food anyways). Luckily a couple restaurants were open in the Bottom and at Queens Garden. However, for future students, I highly recommend checking the schedule before arriving on the island.
On the way to school every morning there are also 20-30 wild goats roaming around everywhere! Classes have been quite challenging. As first semesters, we start every morning with a 2 hour histology lecture. Histology can be quite the guessing game looking at all the different slides. Next there’s anatomy or embryology. Last Thursday, we started our dissections. My group of 8 or 9 people were given a male cadaver. Unfortunately, our cadaver had little to no fat so from the beginning we cut right through the tensor fasciae lata. We also had the white coat ceremony this week. It is a tradition at most medical school, but now my belief that everyone comes from Canada has been confirmed. Now on to week 2!! Block exams are coming up very soon also! It seems that each of the days pass by so fast! Thanks for reading!
Learning science can be fun!!
After 3.5 years of undergraduate work, my next journey will be to Saba University School of Medicine. School starts in less than a month! Medical School at Saba will be very different from undergrad. At Chapman, I had many luxuries such as internet, iPhone, and online shopping. Since Saba is a small island owned by the Netherlands, many of the luxuries I had in California will be much more difficult. Starting my housing paperwork, I noticed that the fastest internet speed in the dorms is 512 kbs!! To put that in perspective that is about 1/60th of what I’m used to. Also grocery stores have to import most of their food from other islands (I’m hoping the seafood will still be there!) Also hitchhiking is very common to get around the island. I am told that Saba has very low/ no crime and less distractions, which makes it the ideal place for my studies.
- The whole island is only about 5 miles
In the meantime, I have been working on so much paperwork to study on the island! I thought applications were difficult…. NOPE there’s more! Immigration to Saba requires, as expected, a police clearance letter, immunizations, banking letters and passports/IDs. I wish I had started much earlier, but I was at Chapman finishing my degree.
Unfortunately, even though I had all the required immunizations since birth, some of the tests still came out negative. Luckily I’ve been given an extension on my immunizations. There’s also school supplies and flights and ferries (Saba doesn’t have an international airport so all students have to take the ferry/plane from St. Maarten). For this trip, I wasn’t brave enough to take the Winair flight. Saba has one of the most difficult landing sites for aircrafts since the whole mountain is a giant volcano. So much work still to be done before school starts!