Irreplaceable Moments

It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote about my experiences in starting the graduate nursing residency program at my place of hire, yet now I stand nearing the end of my training period; with my hospital orientation on track for me working on my own around Thanksgiving of this year, I’m being worked to the bone with some of the most complex cases that they can muster. The idea of being independent is thrilling, if not a little scary. … Continue reading

Thanks, Egg Man

During my second semester of nursing school, I was enrolled in a gerontology course in which I had the opportunity to spend time with senior citizens afflicted with dementia. During one of my assignments, I visited the sprawling grounds of a nearby Catholic school to attend a monthly social event for such individuals so that they could have a fresh face to converse with. I truly enjoyed it – after all, I consider myself a fairly sociable person and have … Continue reading

Two Weeks In

Over the past couple weeks, I have had a whirlwind of experiences – both familiar and new – as I have started my job as a critical care nurse in the Texas Medical Center (TMC). In fact, it is a little difficult for me to believe that two whole weeks have even passed since, as one can imagine, the process of orienting new nurses to the workplace is a gradual affair. This even more so is the case for newly … Continue reading

Endless Summer

You know the type of summer that gets depicted in anime? Real summer – the sort that leaves the sweltering streets all but deserted, save for the sounds of cicadas chirping. The kind of summer that spurs people to spend their afternoons indoors in front of a boxed fan – a brief respite from the humidity outside and an excuse to serve ice cream because it will taste that much sweeter. For many around the world, such is the face of summer. … Continue reading

In This Universe, There’s Just You and Me

Back in 2014, my friend Arujei gifted the visual novel World End Economica to me for Christmas. Though I had always been aware of their existence, I had never played a visual novel before – to me, the prospect of a story riddled with multiple “routes” and “flags” seemed confusing to me. In this regard, I was fortunate to have started with World End Economica; as a linear “kinetic novel,” its presentation was easy for me to digest and enjoy. … Continue reading

Take A Breather

As I briefly wrote in my previous post, when I found myself with a singular class that required my presence on campus a mere once a week, I had a hard time dealing with the resulting social isolation from my peers. As I also wrote, I was fortunate enough to tap into a support system that enabled me to discover ways to manage such struggles. Even so, I would like to retouch upon the same issue I wrote about before, … Continue reading

Urbanite

As I near the completion of nursing school, I eagerly await responses from the various hospitals that I have applied to for a job; my career will start soon. It’ll herald a new chapter in my life — the workplace will soon become my social setting, along with the life all around me on my days off. This thought was prominent in my mind last semester as well when I had too much free time as a result of being … Continue reading

Road Trip — Off to San Antonio!

It has been a little while! When I last wrote about nursing school, I was almost finished with the third semester in my four-semester program. Unfortunately, that term did not end well and I was suddenly faced with taking an extra semester before being allowed to proceed. As a result, this past (fall) semester was not only very busy, but also a very difficult time for me. I am thankful to say however that I will be entering my final … Continue reading

Beyond Crewmates

While I wouldn’t call myself a huge moviegoer, most everyone knows by now that I am a huge Star Trek fan. Even so, with expectations for quality at a high after having recently watched the adorable Finding Dory, I didn’t find myself feeling hyped for the franchise’s newest installment even though its movies in particular had instilled a sense of wonder within me since my teenage years. After watching Star Trek Into Darkness, I felt mixed feelings about what it had set … Continue reading

Urban Summer

… Oh. It is summer isn’t it? I forget! Due to the accelerated nature of my nursing program, we aren’t technically offered a “summer vacation” on account of having a “summer” semester. It has been a while since I have made a post showing the more lighthearted diversions in my life as a student, largely because I’m at the tail end of my program. More notably however, I am currently in the fastest paced segment of the program. Given the … Continue reading

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