I went home. I flew in and out of Boston on my way to and from a
wedding in the Adirondack Park in northern New York. My parents
have 2 more weeks to pack before they move out of my childhood
home, a place they have lived for the past 30 years. While the home
itself is large and lovely, it is really the neighbors that make
that place home.
On Sunday night we had our neighborhood grandmother, Mrs. Chris,
over for apple pie to celebrate her 80-something birthday. She
brought the remainder of a box of chocolates to share and when I
asked if she had eaten the others for lunch, she giggled and
The Hartnetts, our other neighbors, also came over to sing happy
birthday and share dessert. You have to understand that all of this
transpired over the course of about 15 minutes; my parents realized
they had a pie to eat, Mrs. Chris popped her head in the door on
her evening walk, I called my best friend Annie (living momentarily
with her parents next door while she and her boyfriend wait for
their new apartment to be ready), and within 5 minutes she and her
family had walked the 100 yards from their front door to ours. And
we had a little party!
After pie, Annie's boyfriend Drew helped my brother with his
statistics homework, while Annie and I tried to come up with the
perfect caption for the photo of Mrs. Chris and the birthday
sparkler in her piece of pie.
This is the community I come from. It explains the high
expectations I have for Home, wherever that place turns out to be.
I know that Chicago is not my true Home, but while I am here, the
NUHS community is serving and supporting me better than I ever
imagined it would. I chat with my professors in the hallway and I
see them at our botanical garden, on the train, and walking around
campus. There is an online community too, on Facebook pages, where
my fellow students and our professors post links to relevant
articles and information about upcoming seminars, workshops,
presentations and club meetings.
The recent improvements on campus at the library and the ongoing
work in Janse are providing us with more places to congregate
during downtime and create community on campus. You might think
that 28 credits and all the work that goes into keeping current in
all those classes would leave us little time to engage with our
community, but it seems that all that work actually brings us
together. We commiserate, we struggle together, and we experience
success together. We are a small community of hard workers with
similar goals and morals when it comes to healthcare. Some of us
come from different states, some of us love Chicagoland, and some
of us feel lost in this expansive city, but no matter your
perspective on this place as Home, the NUHS community certainly
offers a supportive community if you are willing to engage.
Happy Post-Memorial Day! I had an exciting week and weekend.
Week 3 of the trimester meant 3 quizzes to test our recall of
information covered thus far, and also a review of some basic
science information. I am still figuring out how to study for this
new phase of my education because we are building upon an
already-laid foundation. For example, we are learning to understand
EKGs in my Cardiology class, and the process cannot be separated
from reviewing the anatomy and physiology of the heart. As you
know, I am also studying for boards and reviewing for class is a
I stayed busy outside of class by coaching lacrosse on two
beautiful evenings this week. Spending the time to engage with my
community is made even better by doing so outside. My beginner team
is finally starting to understand the game and ask good questions,
how satisfying! I also attended the wedding of a college friend and
her awesome fiancé over the weekend. It was such a treat to catch
up with college friends I rarely see or haven't seen in 4 years! I
took the time to play tourist in the city and lounge on the beach
with old friends; so refreshing!
The highlight of my week at school was my Friday lunch date with
my group of ND student friends. Most of my buddies that I started
the program with last January have taken the flex track, while I
have stayed on the full track of coursework. This means that I no
longer have classes with my best friends here at National.
Thankfully, my closest friends don't let my absence from their
classes affect our friendship, and we all make the effort to spend
lunchtime together throughout the week. Yeah, we eat our lunches in
good company, but we also play together! Above is a picture of this
week's group effort; Allison and Miranda make the base while I form
the wheel on top! We couldn't have done this without 3 spotters
(JheriAnne, Kate, and Mia) and the photographer (John.)
What's the moral to this week's story? Take the time to play,
explore off campus, and get some sun in the midst of all the
classes and studying; it is so nurturing, and definitely helps me
to love this process of becoming an ND.
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