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Monday, 26 March 2012
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Saturday, 10 March 2012
|Spectacular view of aurora borealis in northern BC|
It is no secret that I’m a small town girl, born in raised in a remote community in northern BC, and that I am proud of where I come from. Medicine is more than simply a subject I’ve developed an interest in: medicine is a tool that can be used in order to benefit my community.
I will admit that living in the north can be difficult: we don’t have as many resources available to us as our urban counterparts, and we can feel isolated at times. In spite of this, rural living can inspire one to become a leader in his or her community. Above all, these skills can allow individuals to make a lasting and much needed impact.
With that said, if I am accepted to UBC medical school, this summer I would like to return to my hometown and inform secondary school students about post-secondary education. I would also like to discuss my experience attending a northern university, and how the medical school application system works for those who have a passion for medicine. It is important to me to make clear that where you grow up does not alone determine success in academia: rather, understanding how the process works and the opportunities available are vital in understanding and achieving one's goals.
In retrospect, I acknowledge that I was not realistic in my academic goals. I had no one to talk to in my hometown about what university was like, let alone what the road to medical school would be. Our information was out of date and university was much more of a dream to me than a reality.
Now, my hometown is very industry-minded, and not academically focused, so the support was lacking. The closest university from my hometown is 7 hours away, and even though the internet is a wonderful medium to find relevant information, I found it difficult to even know where to begin searching for resources. Consequently, I had a very rocky start that could have been very much smoother had I been better informed and prepared.
Yes, I'd also like to take some time to travel, and if I am accepted I’d like to celebrate and enjoy the coming summer with my family. But, more importantly, youth in northern communities need to become realistically educated about what post-secondary academia is like, and I want to help them start their own journeys.
Thursday, 8 March 2012
|Study Tipz guy is |
enjoying his time.
- Eat your favorite ice cream
- Read a good blog
- Create your own blog
- Learn something new
- Relearn something old
- Buy new clothes
- Give away unwanted belongings
- Meet up with old friends
- Make new friends
- Perfectly match your outfit one day
- Wear mismatching socks the next day
- Listen to a brand new band
- Re-listen to your favorite oldies
- Watch a scary movie with your friends
- Watch a scary movie by yourself
- Send a card to someone who you've lost touch with
- Re-read old birthday cards
- Start up a new sport
- Start up a new hobby
- Plan a road-trip
- Plan a train-trip
- Go for a walk
- Go for a jog
- Try out a new restaurant
- Re-visit a gross fast found joint
- Visit your local museum
- Visit your local art gallery
- Do research if you enjoy it
- Do research even if you don't know you'll enjoy it
- Don't think about med school
- Think about med school every day