Second Semester Begins!

It has been a pretty fun, exciting, yet relaxing past two weeks of winter break. I’m really happy to have seen my family in Georgia and to have gone on an awesome adventure with Irene to Puerto Rico. Today is my last day of break and it is time to start school again tomorrow. Since moving back to St. Maarten…

Common Questions About AUC Classes

First semester flew by really fast for me. It somehow didn’t really hit me that I am now actually considered an “upperclassmen,” until I met many first-semester students here these past few days. Coming back, I am suddenly being asked for advice and to answer questions people may have. It’s quite a change in mentality for me, but I love…

Study Tips for First Semester

I recently received a message from a blog reader asking about study tips for first semester classes. Here, I’d like to share my response to him. Hi Benji,
I wanted to ask you if you had ANY study tips at all for me as they will be greatly appreciated. Also if you could tell me the best study method/s for…

Holidays in Puerto Rico

About: Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States and it is only 30 minutes away from St. Maarten by airplane. As it is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, there are tons to see and you can easily spend weeks here and still not see everything. Highlights: Old San Juan, El Morro, Vieques, Bioluminescent Bay, Arecibo Observatory, Heladeria de Lares, Plaza Las Americas, El Yunque Rainforest, Bacardi Rum Factory.

Three Ways to Sleep in the San Juan Airport

As you all know, Irene and I are in sunny Puerto Rico spending the holidays. As Irene and I arrived at the San Juan Airport at 2:50am on Christmas Eve, we decided to save on getting a hotel for only a few hours and instead sleep in the airport. Little did we expect all the seats at the airport were…

Christmas at Home

Hello everyone! Happy Holidays! It feels wonderful to be home, especially with my brothers and Irene home for the holidays, and it feels great to touch the keys of a piano again, run into old friends at the bookstore, and go out for dinner to a warm place on a dark, chilly night. With only three full days at home,…

I’m Heading Back to Georgia!!

Sunset on Fort Louis

It was a semester of ups and downs, a semester of past challenges to resolve and new challenges to face. It was a semester where we found out our greatest friends are also our greatest competitors and our greatest collaborators.  No matter whether we struggled to pass a class or struggled to be the top of our class, we all…

Rumors

Today I finished my last final, in Molecular Cell Biology (MCB), and I am happy to announce that…. I HAVE JUST COMPLETED MY FIRST SEMESTER IN MED SCHOOL!!! I was feeling lots of anxiety going into the final, not because I felt I wasn’t ready but because I knew it would count as 30% of my course grade. Wouldn’t you…

What Stats Do I Need to get into AUC?

There’s always a mystery as to what goes on behind the closed-doors of the admissions office. Here at AUC, after the applications are received by AUC’s very own Medical Education Administrative Services (MEAS) in Coral Gables, Florida, they are sent off to the island of St. Maarten...

Guide to AUC: What to Pack?

If you're willing to spend money, there's not much you really need to bring, as you can pretty much find anything you want or need on this island. The most important thing to know about packing for St. Maarten is that things on the island can be expensive compared to the State and Provinces (on average about 1.5x more expensive). Whatever you can fit in your luggage...

My First Shelf Exam!

Today’s the big day that we took our first med school Shelf Exam, in Anatomy. It is a 2.5 hour test with 125 questions, nationally standardized and administered by all accredited schools, covering everything that we have learned about anatomy. Normally in U.S. Schools, this test is given to students in their 4th semester. But at AUC, we take it…

Negative Feedback

So I’m here studying in the Rotunda, and a student studying at the table next to me turns around and tells me, “you must have a very noisy home for you to be able to focus with all this noise around! I’m going home, I can’t concentrate here.” After she said this, I suddenly heard all the sounds around me..…

Anatomy Lab Memorial Day

It has been quite an exciting 3.5 months in anatomy lab. First we worked on our first patient’s back, then slowly, we revealed her face, looking back at us. Then as we dissected deeper and more thoroughly we began to unravel the details about her life and her last days, as she left for us to find, all without knowing…

The Pain of Learning and the Therapy of Blogging

“Congratulations on finishing Block 4! We have now officially learned everything we needed to learn for Genetics, MCB 1, Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology………….EVER.” yeah… I wish it were that easy. Now the hard part has just begun.. to remember it all and apply it right off the bat when I see it in my career. Now with no new material…

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Hello everybody! As you noticed, I haven’t blogged in about four days, and probably won’t have much chance to blog in the next week and a half, and you’ll see why. The next week and a half will be the busiest I’ll ever experience THIS YEAR. First we have our 4th Block exams on Monday for Anatomy/Embryology and MCB/Genetics, then…

Island Time

It was such a beautiful day today. Like yesterday, and every other day before that, it was warm, around mid-80′s, partly cloudy, blue sky. The trees are greener than ever and the flowers are in full bloom. As I walked around in shorts and a t-shirt, I could feel the warm breeze against my skin. I thought to myself, if…

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

I am thankful for…
  • The new friends I have made at AUC.
  • The opportunity to pursue my career and to learn about medicine.
  • The beautiful warm weather we’ve been having, despite it being November.
  • The challenges I have encountered these past few months and my survival so far.
  • The help and collaboration from my colleagues in class.
  • Being healthy! You’ll
  • AMSA and Phlebotomy Workshop

    Today I performed my first phlebotomy! Like most AMSA workshops here at AUC, the phlebotomy workshop was taught by current students who used to be registered nurses, CMTs, and EMTs before coming to med school. I’ve given vaccines before, many many times, to children at the pediatric clinic this past summer, so giving shots was no big deal for me,…

    The Rotunda

    The Rotunda is the beating heart of AUC. Every day, there is always something going on here. Every night, there is always somebody around. Whether you are just walking through it to get to class, stopping by one of the booths to pick up something, or simply hanging out, the Rotunda is the place of contact and exchange for the…