It's hard to believe its only been about 6 weeks into the program so far and we've already had 2 block exams and have covered so much material. Last week we started block 3 Neoplasia/Heme and so far the material is challenging but definitely feasible. The program so far has really challenged me to perfect my study habits whilst breaking other routines such as binge watching Netflix in exchange for more study time, self-studies, JiTTs, etc. There is surely no room for procrastination as the courses are very fast-paced. So far has definitely been a hard transition after being out of school for 2 years! The last two block exams I have felt really satisfied in some areas and I know there is room for improvement in others.
Though not originally from New Orleans, I've been calling it home for the past 6 years. I grew up in a small town north of Monroe, Louisiana and moved here to do my undergrad at UNO. Though I didn't pursue my degree at Tulane I have worked here for the past 2 years in clinical research, so unlike many of my classmates, I'm lucky to say that I have been pretty familiar with the campus and New Orleans in general. I do envy the ability of my peers to walk to campus everyday as many of my classmates live in the student housing. I live in Gentilly, a really beautiful and quiet neighborhood of New Orleans near Lake Pontchartrain, and though my drive is about 10 minutes everyday I truly love the sense of community there.
I have always been passionate about helping others and am so excited to start volunteering. Though I have not started my community service project yet, I have an interview this afternoon for a position helping the elderly. I'm interested to see where they place me and the opportunities I will have while I to get to know some New Orleanian natives and give back to the community.
This semester is shaping up to be a fun and exciting journey and I can't wait to see what it holds!