終わりの始まり第2 – The End and the Beginning

Perhaps I’m a bit over-dramatic.

Dear readers, I have survived my first semester of med school and will be returning to Ross in September as a second semester student. The good news is that I actually managed bring histology up high enough to offset the disaster that was Mini III. The bad news is that I only managed to pull one A. Because of this, I may not be able to take the SGA position (Student Health Rep) I was elected to. I suppose in the grand scheme of things, it won’t be the end of the world. It’s far better than the fate I feared, having to repeat the entire semester.

Since I’ve been home, everyone has been asking me the same question, albeit it different forms. What did I think of my first semester at Ross? I suppose on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give it a 6.5. As I’ve said before, Dominica, for all its tropical glory, is not paradise. It’s a rainforest and sometimes the rain can get you down (not to mention the ants, rainflies, centipedes and occasional water outages). However, the greater part of what keeps me from loving my Ross experience is administrative issues. Sometimes, it is very easy to believe that they see students as dollar signs and will only do the very least to support them. Organizational issues can be maddening  and it often seems that the campus isn’t really equipped to deal with the technological and administrative needs of over a thousand students, even as they accept more and more students each semester. Rumor has it that the incoming September class will number around 400.

It’s fortunate that I’ve made good friends so if I or they need support, we can nurture each other. The faculty, for the most part, is encourging as well. I’ll admit, first semester wasn’t easy and I didn’t focus as sharly as I should have. Luckily, I’ve learned some lessons that will serve me in good stead for Semester 2. They say that second semester is the most grueling. Hopefully, I’ll be able to surpass my showing in Semester One.

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One Comment on “終わりの始まり第2 – The End and the Beginning”

  1. Lilly Says:

    I know you said that you will be in Queens. I live in Philly and got into MERP and now after 4 years of trying to get in to med school, i am afraid that i won’t pass, and will be too indebted so i think i don’t want to go. Its horrible not knowing if you are making the right decision or not for your life. you seem to love the same things as i do, mac and writing- and health science. your blog is totally helping. if you can lend an ear…track me down PLEASE! i feel like i’m the only one that has these fears and i need resolve so i don’t live in regret.


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