November hours- 10 hours
Total semester hours- 40 hours
November is coming to an end and marks the start of our last block of the semester, the GI block. This past month has focused heavily on Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology which we will complete with this last block. It has been a hectic month in the program with two block exams for each the Renal and Pulmonary blocks, but fortunately we earned a long and well deserved break for Thanksgiving.
This month I continued volunteering at ARNO with Mythili and we even signed up for a couple of adoption events one event took place outside of a pet store and one took place at Lafreniere Park in neighboring Metairie. The events allow for people to meet and play with puppies that are currently being homed by the shelter in hopes of finding them a forever home. At the shelter I have been working mostly with the pups taking them for walks, a few of the dogs there are kenneled together and can be walked side by side, so for those Mythili and I are able to walk them together and chat. The time there really flies by as it's such a fun time, it has truly been a rewarding experience. Aside from ARNO I also volunteered at the Alzheimer Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's which took place in New Orleans' Audubon Park. At the event I helped with participant registration and helped hand out water to participants along the course of the walk. It was a lot of fun and I got to meet a lot of great people who work with the organization. I am looking forward to volunteering at more of their events in the future and maybe volunteering at the association's community homes for Alzheimer's patients. In December I am scheduled to volunteer at ARNO on the 4th and 11th for a total of 8 hours.
It's really hard to imagine the program is halfway over and this semester is coming to an end. The fast pace of the beginning of the semester really made for a progressive semester and I cannot believe how much material I have learned and am able to use in everyday contexts now. Being a part of this program was such a great decision and I am excited for everything the spring semester will bring about.