Island Hopping Adventure!

About: Lucas Bay is a very shallow bay with a few islands and sandbars just barely rising out of the shallow waters. The knee-deep water makes it a great trip to wade to the different islands in the bay. Highlights: Reach the first, then the second, and then the third island. Each island is very different and interesting to explore. on the far side of the third island, there is a treat... a natural swimming pool!

Horses By The Sea

St. Martin is an island divided between two nations. They cannot be more different. The Dutch side is bustling with resorts, casinos, and clubs by the sea, whereas on the French side, there are quaint country houses, little churches with steeples, and horses by the sea. Here is our quick stop on the road while driving around the Cul-de-Sac of…

My Very Rough Composition…

of an AUC wikipedia article in Chinese… I’ve been speaking Mandarin Chinese all my life, and never learned how to read and write it until the end of high school. Speaking and writing are completely different, especially literary writing. The grammar, and even specific terms you use are different. I’ve always wanted to be proficient in Chinese writing composition, but…

I Had No Idea Conchs Had Eyes!

I guess I always assumed they were like clams, oysters, or mussels… just a piece of meat at the buffet line, ready to be dipped in cocktail sauce. Last post-block weekend, Chris, Arif, and I traveled the island to explore the northeast part of St. Martin, on the French side. At our first destination, Lucas Bay, we found a lot…

Renting Cars During the High Season

My St. Maarten travel tips during the busy tourist season (From late November until the end of March): 1. Rent from somewhere outside the airport, like at the Windham or Empress, because chances are, you'll be competing with tourists at the airport and the booths will not rent anything less than 2 days during the busy season. 2. Call several days beforehand to make a reservation. That way you'll be more guaranteed to get what you want!

AUC Classrooms Tour

Like me not too long ago, many prospective students are probably curious to see what the classrooms at AUC look like. So here, I have posted some pictures of the indoor places around campus. But first, some info about the facilities here at AUC: Lecture Halls In the old academic building, there are five lecture halls of different sizes: Lecture…

How Do You Start A Blog?

Hello everyone! Here is an email (edited for confidentiality) I received from a reader last semester that I’d like to share with you all. At the time he had just been accepted to AUC and was interested in starting a blog too. This semester, I finally got to meet him… he’s a nice, jolly fellow! Hi Benji, I was visiting…

Wave

By 12 noon, I turned in my third and last exam of the day and walked out of the cold classroom into the warm Caribbean sun, thinking to myself how time flew by so fast this first block of the semester, much faster than last semester! Today was a big day, the first block exams of the semester, but even…

Why did you choose AUC as opposed to St. George’s?

Last semester, I received an email from a reader and prospective applicant to AUC. Here, I’d like to share the letter (which I’ve heavily edited for confidentiality reasons) and my responses. Hi Benji! I did a google search on AUC and stumbled across this great blog! I’ll keep it short – I am a senior in college and started out…

Addiction

I absolutely love TA-ing! There’s just something about it — dropping by from table to table, talking to students and fellow TAs, explaining things, and helping people out — that’s so fun and intellectually rewarding. There’s also something very satisfying about reviewing all that material that I learned last semester — brachial plexus nerves and the muscles they innervate, clinical…

Brachial Plexus and Muscle Innervations

Today was my assigned day as a TA for Anatomy Lab. For those of you who missed it, this is a diagram of the Brachial Plexus nerves and the muscles that they innervate that I drew on the board today! Learn this well! Want to know what AbOF stands for in the diagram? Please visit my study resources!…

AMSA Phi Chi Barbecue

Every semester on the Saturday after White Coat Ceremony, AMSA and Phi Chi jointly host a BBQ at Mullet Bay Beach, just right outside campus. Everything’s free: free food, free beach volleyball, free sun… you get the idea, and open to everyone part of the AUC Family. Because I spent most of my own White Coat weekend last September with…

White Coat January 2010

Last semester around this time, I walked across the stage with 198 of my fellow classmates, struggled clumsily to get my two arms in as I received my first white coat. This semester, I had the privilege to see the White Coat Ceremony from a completely new perspective. Yesterday, I volunteered as an usher for the ceremony. As the students…

White Coat Ceremony, Webcasted Live!

Tomorrow (Friday, January 15, 2010) will be an important day for many new students here at AUC. As first semester students scramble to finish their first full week in med school in preparation for their induction into the world of medicine at their White Coat Ceremony, I will be scrambling as well. Tomorrow is going to be a very busy…

Haiti Earthquake Relief

As we all heard, an estimated 100,000 individuals* lost their lives and another 3 million people were affected yesterday on our sister island of Haiti after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit 10 miles off-shore of the capital city of Port-au-Prince. As Haitians around the world and others residing on the island struggle to find their loved ones among the ruins and…

My First Day As Class Rep

Today we elected for new SGA class representatives, but given that there were only three candidates to fill three positions, my inauguration as class rep was more like an assignment. Nevertheless, I am glad that I sought this position, and happy to receive the opportunity. I had been thinking about running for class rep only within the last few days.…

Student Organizations at AUC

There are 18 official and unofficial student organizations on campus. In order to renew their official status, student organizations must maintain 20 members every semester. At the beginning of every semester, the Student Activities Fair is a great place to do just that, as well as for new students to learn how to get involved at AUC...

Anatomy TA Program

In a crowded room with students constantly moving around, talking, and working on cadavers, the anatomy lab seems to be a busy place where nobody in particular gets noticed. Little did we know as first semesters, however, that the TAs and professors have long been watching us. They took note of our behaviors around the lab, our dedication, our dissection…

A Night of Italian Opera

Being on an island as Caribbean as St. Maarten, we often don’t think about a “night out” as anything more than going with some buddies to a club by the beach or a party on a yacht blasting reggae music. Although to the average tourist this island seems to be just a big playground for adults, with casinos, clubs, bars,…

One Amazing Week

Along with the 93 first-semester students who are about to embark on the start of their medical careers, it has been one amazing first week for me since I came back to AUC to start on my second semester. First, it was wonderful meeting a lot of new faces and names, passionate, driven individuals who are about to embark on…