My First Tri Mixer

Hi, everybody! The "First Tri Mixer" is the first social event of each trimester where currently enrolled students of the professional programs officially welcome the new students who are in their first trimester, so the name "Tri-Mixer."

I had a great time and had the opportunity to meet four of our new students outside the classrooms and busy schedules we each endure. Talking with each other about our journey that led to medical school, our choice of discipline, and the changes and sacrifices each made to pursue a medical degree helped me to reflect on my personal reasons for entering naturopathic medical school - both on a personal and professional level. 

Now the funny part: I guess I'm past my clubbin' years as I arrived at the club around 9:30 p.m., texted a few classmates, and they informed me they would arrive around 11:00 p.m.! At that point, I realized my mistake of asking my colleagues in their mid-20s "when" they would get to the club. My responses ranged from "Come on over to the apartment, we won't leave for a while," to "Wow! You're early. Save me a seat in the reserved section," to "It's past your bedtime Grandpa, why are you still up?" :) Fun times! 

Once my classmates started trickling into the club, I was overjoyed to share laughs, hugs and smiles with students from just about every trimester, including the new students and our Trimester 10 interns just a few weeks away from graduation (I'm going to miss them!). After I sang/rapped "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock (thus revealing my "era" and also while trying to dance, ahem), a couple of my classmates tried to get me onto the dance floor but I'm not much of a public dancer. Ironically, as outgoing as I am in everyday life, I'm a bit of a wallflower when it comes to dancing. Maybe I need a few lessons and I can get over my self-effacing approach to dancing. (Hoh! Yeh!...It takes two to make a thing go right…it takes two to make it outta sight!)

Naturopathic Student Gathering Update

The Tri Mixer wasn't the only thing going on this week. You remember before that I mentioned some news about the Naturopathic Student Gathering coming up in November? Well, the Opening/Closing Ceremonies Team has gotten a lot of work accomplished! We have the structure for the stage built, props for the stage, lobby to the auditorium, a display for the bookstore window, our choreography for something special (to be revealed later). 

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I have included a pic of the structure for the stage. Disregard the messy workshop; despite appearances a method exists to the madness in the background! This structure was built without nails or manmade connectors. It is free standing and pretty solid! We used wood gathered from streams, ponds and fallen limbs after storms in order to do our best to use what Nature provided us for our conference. This is just the framework as we intend to use Willow, Pine and Ivy boughs as accents for the conference. 

I'll keep you updated on the "goings-on" of the Gathering Teams as we each prepare to host our student solleagues from the six other schools in North America. I had a blast last year and made many new friends!  I, and many other students at NUHS, look forward to seeing our colleagues once again this year!

That being said, and I've said this before, I am fully grateful for my classmates here at NUHS. I never imagined that I would be at a club on a Friday night having a blast! Thanks to all of you for getting me out of my "Friday night rut" of movie, pizza and bed by 10:00 p.m. Maybe next time, I'll hit the dance floor, who knows? :) 

Until next week, in the meantime, while I'm loading my iPod with new club tunes, don't be afraid to dance a bit and sing out loud!