Sunday, February 7, 2016

UNC Physician assistant program

One month in! I haven't posted in several years, mainly because although my life has been full of many exciting things I haven't felt the need to journal or share the journey that I was on. To catch you up to my life to date after studying abroad. I graduated from Bellarmine University in 2011 and then went on to get my master's degree at the University of Louisville and finished in 2013. After that I spend the next few years deciding to become a physician assistant, working on my pre-req's, and applying for two years in a row while living in North Carolina.

My first round year applying to PA school did not go very far. I think part of the reason was my heart was not in it. I had so many personal issues in addition to moving to North Carolina to be with my fiancee as he started his medical residency, that my application may not have reflected the best candidate I could be.

During the year off I worked on myself, both personally and academically. I volunteered at a free medical clinic, I took an anatomy class and I started working again as a pharmacy technician as a specialized oncology pharmacy.

I got two interviews out of the 10 or so schools I was initially applying too. I am not sure if I would have gotten more if the schools that I applied to weren't some the best in the nation. Although I hoped I was a great candidate, my GPA was not the highest and I had just reached the correct number of direct patient care hours.

My first interview, in September 2015, I BOMBED! I believe that it was a combination of over confidence and excitement (hey! if you can't be real then why write). I thought that I did okay, but I will admit at one point I cried. I am not going into details, but I was very excited and when I get excited I get emotional.

My second interview was for a new program... UNC! I had made my interest know earlier in the summer for the program and did not receive the positive feedback that I hoped for, but because my fiancee was matched at UNC I truly thought it would one of the best programs for me and for us as a team.

I got an invitation to interview. At the interview they told us that around 900 people had applied and they invited 60 to interview and would be taking 20 students.

Through my pharmacy work I had set up several mock interviews in the weeks before my UNC interview. Thankfully I was much more prepared!

Two weeks after my interview I found out....... I was waitlisted! They hoped to give the people on the waitlist more information in the following weeks so although I was very disappointed I held out a small shred of hope. I contacted UNC in order to figure out if there was an update on the waitlist (about 2 weeks after the initial email) and found out that everyone had accepted their seats and that I would be welcome to try again in April. I was crushed. After being on the waitlist I thought maybe, maybe I'd still have a chance.

The day before Thanksgiving I got the good news. One of the faculty reached out to me to tell me a spot had opened up in the class and I was the next person on the waitlist. I immediately accepted (probably while talking a mile a minute about how excited I was).

My program started January 4th. I have been in class for 1 month. It is the most exhausting work I have ever done. But I can honestly say that everyday I am excited to go to class. I love the fact that I feel constantly challenged and that I am slowly learning to "drink out of the firehose."

The first month of school I felt as though I had to prove to myself (and everyone else) that I deserved that spot that was given to me. (I don't know who turned down UNC but I thank you everyday for the opportunity you gave me!) I realize the act of proving myself is all a mental mess in my own head, but I think it makes me fiercer, more determined to prove that I can be an amazing asset to the team that UNC is building.

Right now, as I should be studying for Microbiology, I am writing this because my journey it amazing. And I want to share it even if it is only with myself because I feel amazing and am loving the life I have been given everyday. No matter the trials and tribulations that I have been through 2016 is a great year.

I am going to hope that I can continue to write about my PA school journey with my family and friends and anyone else who is considering following a similar path.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies



I love Chocolate chip Cookies and I thought I'd attempt to post some recipes although it won't be on a regular basis :)

This is my go to favorite recipe that I have used for the past 5 years. It's simple and basic and just an adaptation from the nestle toll house cookie recipe...

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter flavored crisco
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips ( I rotate between semi-sweet and milk chocolate) 
Pre-heat oven to 450 F.
1. Combine your dry  ingredients: Flour, Baking soda, and salt in separate bowl. Beat your crisco, sugars, and eggs in mixing bowl then add your vanilla.
2. Slowly add your dry ingredients until all is incorporated.
3. I then hand mix in my chips (this is because I feel like my mixer is too strong and the chips don't get incorporated evenly.
4. Grease your cookie sheet, spoon out the cookies, and cook for 9-11 minutes. :)

(P.S. In the past I have had trouble with the cookies spreading out on my cookie sheet and seeming to melt while in the oven -- to compensate for this I will sometimes put my cookie dough in the freezer or fridge for 15 or more minutes)

Then you have wonderful, great tasting cookies!





Monday, July 23, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Study Break

Spring is here!










Thursday, April 5, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Zoo

Animals have become my favorite subject lately for taking pictures and the weather has been so wonderful that I've already gone to the zoo several times this year :) Also animals really don't care if you take their picture once, twice, or ten times...


I thought that this guy had only one eye, but really his left lid is closed apparently zoo pictures aren't that interesting to him


I was able to get really, really close to the giant tortoise because he was located in the petting zoo area


The lorikeets are my favorite. Whenever we were at the zoo a few weeks ago they were pretty wild and I ended up getting nibbled on. THe zookeeper said that this was the young group and they'd been cooped up all winter





Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring Break




Although I am no longer in Italy I recently got a new camera and have been hoping to share my pictures. Enjoy :)