This is my last week of classes! I'm filled with anticipation
and excitement for what this next chapter will bring. I am thankful
to all of you for reading my blog. I appreciated your emails and
feedback. Writing this blog has been a highlight of my week over
the past two years. While graduating feels exhilarating, leaving
this blog, NUHS clinic and classes, and daily interactions with my
friends/students feels bittersweet.
The parting from NUHS feels bittersweet because in many ways
NUHS has become like family. Looking back at the past couple of
years, I have spent almost as much time at NUHS as I have spent at
home. Then, when I have been home, NUHS has been prevalent through
homework, studying, and papers. NUHS was a dominant role in my
life, so now that I'm graduating, I realize all the parts of NUHS I
will miss. That solemn feeling is partnered with gratitude for all
NUHS has offered me. I have learned information and experienced
opportunities more than I imagined upon enrolling at NUHS. I
desired to work with pediatric patients, PTSD patients, in a
hospital setting, write a scholastic blog, learn AOM information
rarely found in books, and much more. But, I assumed many of these
experiences would come once I graduated. I am so thankful I have
experienced all these and more, allowing me to bring a much broader
skill set into my practice.
Now that the chapter of earning my MSOM is closing, I have a new
career chapter opening. I will be going into practice treating all
conditions. I am specializing in pediatrics, fertility support, and
pain management. I have many goals set for this chapter of my life.
My primary goals are along the lines of teachings I read many years
ago by Mother Teresa; they are very simple: "Love strongly, do as
much good in this world as you can in as much time as you have.
Remember, love first begins by taking care of those at home." These
teachings are the main foundation of all my other goals in
Thank you again for reading my blog. I have enjoyed writing it
each week. Next trimester, Dia will be the new AOM blog writer. An
introductory blog was written about her a few weeks ago. I am sure
you will find her blogs very informative and helpful!
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and Happy
Recently, NUHS did some filming for an informative video
regarding the university and its programs. A part of the process
included filming NUHS students in the various programs offered by
the school. Students were interviewed about their perception of
NUHS, what the programs offer, and how they see their future as a
result of their education at NUHS.
I was fortunate to be an AOM student interviewed for the film.
The filming process was very professional. Students went through an
initial round of interviews. After the preliminary interviews took
place, students were contacted if the production company decided to
use them for the film. Those students chosen to be filmed were
given a date and time that worked with everyone's schedule for the
filmed interviews. All students were to arrive hair, make-up and
My filming day was last Thursday. When I arrived, the make-up
artist touched up my hair and make-up. Next, it was time for the
filmed interview. The filming took place in front of a green
screen. The director and crew were very welcoming and created an
instant feeling of comfort. The comfort level greatly encouraged a
genuine atmosphere for the filming process.
During the interview, a spectrum of questions was asked
regarding NUHS. After the interview was finished, the production
crew and NUHS marketing representative thanked the interviewees and
the interview was complete.
Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the interviews and filming. It
was an enjoyable process that further helped me understand my
perception of NUHS. Hopefully, this film will help prospective
students have a deeper understanding of NUHS, and how it feels to
be a student!
This week was an exciting week for AOM students. For the first
time since the AOM program began, acupuncture and oriental medicine
students were given a pinning ceremony.
From my perception, the pinning ceremony is much like a rite of
passage acknowledging the students' advancement into the NUHS
clinic. To me, it signified the authenticity of our medicine and
the honor we must hold in it while administering it to our
patients. I felt very fortunate to be a part of this ceremony.
My dad came to watch the ceremony, which meant a great deal to
me. As I mentioned in previous blogs, I am very close with my
family and having my dad there was very special. My mom was at a
conference in Hawaii so she was enjoying sun and sandy beaches
I think it is beneficial when NUHS holds these types of events.
These ceremonies allow us to include our family in the development
of our education, which helps bridge understanding in what we are
learning and accomplishing.
The ceremony was very nice. There were three speakers, James
Winterstein, DC, president of the university, Frank Yurasek, PhD
(China), assistant dean of AOM, and Bruce Hodges, DC, associate
professor of clinical sciences. Hyundo Kim, PhD, the chief AOM
clinician, and several professors including Hui Yan Cai, MD
(China), PhD (China), and Jia Xu, MSOM, LAc, were also at the
ceremony. It was a privilege having these faculty members at the
ceremony on behalf of us and our program.
I felt very motivated when I received my pin, shook the
president's hand, and then wore the pin on my lab coat for my dad
to see. I felt motivated to continue to study hard, honor my
patients and their well being, apply myself to AOM, and apply AOM
to my patients in the best possible way. I am not sure how to
explain how a pin can help enhance these feelings, but somehow, the
pin is filled with inspiration.
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