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Meet Me in the Media!

by Nov 16, 2018

How would you feel if technology just went…BLOOP…gone!?

Do you agree, in some aspect, that people spend so much time on their technology boxes they forget what it is to spend quality time together? Look around the next time you go to a public area like a restaurant, or the best one yet, a waiting room. People are probably on their phones. I won’t go into statistics, but I’m sure there are probably many articles, news stories, and blogs with pros and cons of people being on their technology boxes: aka Smart phones.

Being a med student at National, I am very dependent on technology, not only for research, papers and projects, but for the most part my “social” life. Most of us who do not live on campus still spend nearly 24/7 on site for clinic, classes, club meetings and of course studying. We work hard in our studies, but by using technology to our advantage, we can leave school life a bit by visiting Facetime, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, or by texting, calling, or emailing.

Please forgive a few of us who are constantly looking at our phones or laptops to see if our significant others got home ok…to hear that dinner is waiting for them on the stove…a phone call or Facetime-ing to say good night to our babies before they go to bed. On occasion, we also call our families to say “Happy Birthday” for those who live out of state, or even across the world in China, Korea, Thailand, Egypt, etc.

National has a very diverse student body, and even though we leave our personal lives, family and friends at home, we have our school families as well. We have such great support and love for one another. It’s almost like saying, “Welcome to your home away from home!,” when we see each other in class. It gets a little bit easier and more fun when we can laugh and play while taking a study break. Like using Snapchat to liven things up and checking on each other to be sure we are still alive during board exams!…Practicing taking blood pressure to make sure we are not close to hypertension with “that” one patient…Checking each other’s pulse and (according to Oriental Medicine) tongue so we are not in any Zang-Fu organ deficiency…Sending each other positive vibes of love and support when we know it’s OK, that we will get it next time on the exam.

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It’s tough being a med-student, but in the end it will be a great reward for our businesses, patients, and especially for our families.

#MedStudentLife #HowIMetMyBestie #WeSurvivors #WeGotThis! #AOMNUHS

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Rina Sem

Rina Sem

Rina Sem is a student at the Lombard, Illinois campus studying in the Master of Science-Oriental Medicine program. Though working in the medical field for 10 years, she is keeping the promise she made to her father to complete her master’s degree. Rina is a first-generation American of Cambodian heritage, and passionate about her studies in the field of complementary and alternative medicine.


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