Post-Midterm Week

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Midterms are OVER!!!! YAYYY! You honestly don't know how happy I am. It's been a heck of a week consisting of three tests, a quiz, a health law debate, and a lot of no sleeping. Friday afternoon slowly crawled through and I decided to treat myself. Yes, I went to Sephora. And yes, I also went to Abercrombie and Fitch (but don't tell anyone this).

I tried to control myself but couldn't resist the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit. 6 shades of highlighter for about $45.

Pork with vermicelli noodles at Lemongrass in Leominster, MA - SOO GOOD

Senior Ring Weekend @PC

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Every year, the seniors have a Senior Ring Weekend formal to celebrate the distribution of the class rings. They wear formal attire for two days while attending celebrations at different venues in New England. Then on Sunday, they receive their class rings.

I was fortunate enough to do one girl's hair and makeup and another's makeup. Here are the pictures from this weekend!!

5 Things

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

It's been a long couple of weeks and it feels so weird to be back at school. I definitely wasn't ready for summer to end. Adjusting to the school life has been rough and SOOOO busy!! My life is consumed with homework, regular work, and BMSA, a club that I'm an executive member for. 

Advice for College Freshmen

Thursday, August 18, 2016

These pictures were taken from the Providence College website
As the new school year arrives, we're all moving back to school. Freshmen and transfer students are also moving on to campus. There's that feeling of not knowing anyone at school and the insecurity that anything you do the first week of school could affect your reputation for the rest of the year. But the thing to take away from this is that no one really knows what they're doing the first week of school. Also, we're most likely to forget anything that happened during orientation week because many freshmen are testing their limits (alcohol, etc.) or are really exhausted from the jam-packed schedule the school has put to together (as I was). 

As an orientation staff member at my college, the best advice I can give is to know your values, but also keep an open mind. Don't forget where you've come from. It’s essential to know what is important in your life. Know the people who will be there for you. But also, don’t be afraid to try new things, take risks, and get to know new people.

It’s weird that as you grow up, you kind of realize that everyone has their own story. Most have us have lived two decades. That’s definitely enough time to experience some type of greatest happiness, but also something that made you feel so low you became a new person. College will do just that. You’re meeting thousands of new students. These are the people you see everyday for 30 weeks of the year. Keep an open mind and hear the stories that have made each person unique. 

Know your worth. Everyone deserves friendships that will make them happy. If you find that a friendship or club is causing more stress than happiness, maybe it’s time to find new friends/activities. But don’t completely throw away the experience. Remember your mistakes and learn from them. Learn from your mistakes, but most importantly, learn from other’s mistakes as well.

Don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable with.

Experience, experience, experience!! I really can’t stress that enough. Take in as much as you possibly can. But obviously, the most important thing is to take care of yourself. College, and the world, is filled with so many AMAZING opportunities. Opportunities to meet new people, expand your resume, and to personally grow and learn more about all the things you’re capable of. 

Best wishes with your journey! :)

My Summer at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Sunday, August 14, 2016

This past summer, I was fortunate enough to intern at Brigham and Women's Hospital as a research assistant and summer student. And I must say, this was one of the most valuable experiences I've ever had.

I came into the program wanting to do more administrative duties and more behind the scenes tasks. I thought about continuing my education in social work. I also thought of doing office work, similar to a receptionist or secretary. I was also interested in health and wellness and the education behind that. Honestly, I had no clue what I wanted to do. What I did know, was that I wanted to do something in health care (preferably in maternal and child care) where I would be impacting the lives of our future generations. The health care field is so vast and there are so many opportunities to really create your own path and advance in your career.

The culture at BWH is amazing! Everyone seems to be so kind, caring, and supportive. Maybe it's because we all possess the same goals? Or was it because I was working in the Newborn Medicine Department? Who knows, but I'm glad I'll be working here per diem throughout the school year!

Every Wednesday, about 10 other interns including myself, had a program lunch where a health professional would come in to give us insight on their careers and the paths that led them to where they are today. We were able to talk to pediatricians, researchers, neonatologists, bilirubin physicians, social workers, parent support specialists, and so many more professionals.

On Thursdays, we would have clinical rounds, which consisted of a more hands-on approach in the NICU and nursery. Some days, we went into the nurseries to watch and help perform assessments of the newborns. Other times, we were able to intubate preterm dummies.

I also had the chance to shadow several healthcare workers such as a social worker, a NICU nurse, the Newborn Medicine Administrator, and a lactation consultant. I think shadowing professionals is one of the most valuable ways to gain insight on what a career is really like. While all jobs were meaningful, I definitely enjoyed shadowing the lactation consultant the best. Their jobs seem to be really hands-on and interactive, which is something I discovered I really enjoyed doing. Not only are they up and moving, but they are also teaching the public how to feed newborns. This can be especially difficult if the baby is a mother's first child or even if the baby is born preterm.

When I wasn't busy shadowing or attending clinical rounds and lunches, I'd be helping my mentor with her research and other small tasks. This included a data analysis on a protein predictor of inflammation in the premature gut, in which I was able to present my findings to the Department of Newborn Medicine. I also helped with data extraction and entry, helping to edit clinical policies, drafting/designing information sheets for public use, and honestly so much more!

By participating in internships, you get to gain experience and learn about what you like and dislike. I believe that this extremely important because being stuck with a mundane and boring job is one of the worst things ever. From past work experiences, I've discovered that for me, it doesn't really matter what I'm doing. As long as I'm working with people I enjoy being around, I'd be more than happy to carry on any task. Honestly, I could be cleaning toilets (which I did as a lifeguard working for the state last summer) and I would still enjoy it because I'd be working with people I liked.

I arrived at BWH believing that I wanted to do something administrative and ended with possibilities in nursing and teaching. Working at a teaching hospital has truly been so rewarding. They provide so many opportunities that really allow you to learn so many things every single day. Overall, this summer has been one of the most eye-opening experiences and I really look forward to working here in the future!

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