Category Archives: Graduate School

Through the Kindness of Others, Part II

As my plane once again touched down at Narita International Airport, I switched gears — my mangled amalgam of Korean and English would now be replaced by an equally broken mishmash featuring Japanese. Although my experiences in communicating with the Korean people were reassuring, I still found myself a little nervous in approaching others within my new surroundings. Still, just as the case had been at Incheon, there was a task at hand that would thrust me into my first … Continue reading

Through the Kindness of Others, Part I

Around Christmastime each year, I email my friend Arujei to share my holiday greetings and catch up. Because of the way our dynamic works, we tend not to converse much throughout the year, but are always happy to hear from one another around the holiday season. Early this year, one of the topics we touched on was his recent trip to Japan — as Arujei visited the foreign country for the first time, he would share his adventures on social … Continue reading

Persona 5 – Tunnel Vision

What is Persona to you? Do you regard its titles as stylish portrayals of Japanese culture? Dating simulators? Chances to live an idyllic school life? Second chances to impact society? Or do you prefer to view the series in more utilitarian terms such as “jRPG games”? Do you tend to focus on spending time with the characters and being a social butterfly or would you prefer to spend most of the play session inside dungeons to grind to a higher … Continue reading

Moe Moe Kyun!~ ♡

Maid cafes (メイドカフェ). A concept that is somehow simultaneously discomfiting, stirring, intriguing, and near ubiquitous in anime. Anyone who has watched a decent amount of anime series has at least had a brush with the concept of sugary sweet maids welcoming their masters into a cafe to shower them with attention. In such a fantasy world, the maids lovingly draw cutesy pictures on their masters’ food, cast magical spells to make their drinks delicious, and dedicate their attention to their … Continue reading

What I Had to Eat

Ask any nurse and they would swear that patients are simply different when a full moon is out. For whatever reason, patients who were previously improving suddenly start to find themselves getting sicker and, in the case of those already struggling against their maladies, vital signs abruptly plummet. It is during such days when one can see most of the nursing staff stay well past the end of their shifts as they frantically finish charting the relentless onslaught of tasks … Continue reading

Heart of a Scientist

At the end of 2017, I wrote a post expressing my contentment as I finally began to find my footing as a brand new nurse. In a couple months, I will have been employed at my hospital for a full calendar year and, though this is a short amount of time, I feel that I have more or less found my rhythm as I go about my work day. Since my departure from graduate nurse orientation on the unit, I … Continue reading

It’s Snowing…

Wintertime. As I write this, I am seated, one leg over the other, in a cozy little café near my house wearing a soft knit sweater that was sent to me by my grandmother. My tea is warm, the sky is overcast, and the trees visible to me outside the small shop windows possess no foliage to speak of. For the average Houstonian, today is a typical Winter day. It is also 65 °F outside. Such is the weather here … Continue reading

Now to Chronicle My Own Adventures…

With the holiday season upon us yet again, I cannot help but find myself swept up in mood to reminisce about this year. 2017 now draws to a close, and brings with it a familiar paradoxical feeling — a first impression suggests that the year passed far too soon, yet, as with every year in my life thus far, a more thoughtful reflection begs me to recall the momentous events that proudly made up another chapter in my life. I … Continue reading

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

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