Sunday, November 9, 2014

"I'm currently facing a similar (not equal) situtation..." and Work/School Update

mddreams writes:
Hi, I'm currently facing a similar (not equal) situtation...So I'm currently evaluating caribbean medschools...Did you only apply to Ross ? or did you also apply to SGU, AUC or any other?By reading part of your I tried to find an answer ....So i was wondering if you went to Ross b/c it was the only Carib School that accepted you b/c OR b/c you only applied to Ross?? If you could clarify this, it would be really helpful. B/c I read you considered to apply to AUC after you failed, but never did. I heard AUC standards are one of the most strict ones...
Hi mddreams,

I haven't been checking my blogs lately, so I'm a little late to respond. I had the application materials for both SGU and AUC at the time I was looking for a school, but Ross responded first and quickly accepted me. I technically did not apply to any of the other schools, but I would have if I had to. I contacted 3-4 other schools days after I learned I had failed -- 100% convinced (at the time) that I was going to try again at another school. One of the schools I contact was AUC and they straight up said that they do not accept any former SGU or Ross students. I had heard otherwise at the time, but I was mistaken. Other medical schools, like American University of Antigua (AUA), were ready to accept my application, but in the end, I decided not to go for it. (I'm sure you can go back to my old posts and see how on the fence I was about the whole thing. Literally every other post I was flip flopping on my decision.)

From what I understand, SGU, Ross, AUC, and Saba are basically equal in terms of restrictions. I would just apply to all 4 if you are serious considering going to the Caribbean for your medical education.

Hope that helps.

Work/School Update

For those wondering, I'm currently working full-time as a cardiac technician. I currently have 2 EKG certifications: NCCT and CCT. NCCT is the one recommended by the class I was taking. It is generally considered to be an easier test and less comprehensive, but anything helps. CCT is more widely accepted as the most sought after EKG certification and more commonly cited as a requirement for employment. At my work, I basically receive, interpret, and triage hundreds of incoming ambulatory EKG transmissions per day. I also talk to patients over the phone to address concerns, confirm electrodes are connected properly, and/or determine if a medical emergency is currently taking place. Time goes pretty quick, so it's not so bad.

I'm also finishing up a night class in Physiology for requirement at my local community college. For those who don't remember, earlier this year, when I went to apply for respiratory therapy programs, I was actually missing the Human Physiology requirement. Even though I've learnt he material for the class at least 3-4 times, requirements are requirements -- no exceptions.

After I finish the class next month, I plan on looking for a 2nd job.

The plan is the work hard now to make enough money to pay my student loans while saving money to continue paying my students loans while in the program. My loans are now in full repayment and even working 40 hours a week, currently 65% of my income is going straight towards my loans and I never see any of it. I've been writing emails to try and try and get the repayment lowered or further deferred, but no luck so far.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Veggies Over Rice (Healthy)

Here's another healthy recipe, this time from "Laura in the Kitchen." She's one of a few people whom I'm subscribed to on Youtube who constantly pump out recipes.

I like her channel a lot because I love Italian food. It's my weakness. It's easy for me to resist temptation when it comes to sweats like pastries, donuts, candy, chocolate, soda, or ice cream. But it's the pasta and spaghetti that really gets to me when I'm craving. So I took her recipe, removed the parmesan cheese, and served it over brown rice instead of mixing with pasta and I think it turned out great. Definitely going to be cooking this again:

It's pretty simple and it's completely vegetarian and all you're doing is sautéing some fruits/vegetables together.

I've cooked it twice already and mine was slightly different. First, I started off with a little extra virgin olive oil, a red bell pepper, and 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms. Let that cook for a few minutes. Then, I spread it out like she did, put in another tablespoon of oil and dumped in 6 cloves of garlic, a handful of chopped asparagus, and a chopped cucumber. Add salt & pepper, mix well, and let that cook off for 10 minutes, tossing occasionally. Finally, dump in 2 diced tomatoes and a couple handfuls of leafy greens. I used mix of spinach and arugala, coarsely cut. Drop in 2 tablespoons of butter, let the butter melt and the leafy greens wilt down, and it's done.

I think the mushrooms and bell pepper are a must. But the thing that that really brings the dish together is the combination of the tomatoes, cucumber, and butter which all combine into a sauce. (Laura used zucchini in her video and I used cucumber and I think you could replace it with any fruit/veggie that has a high water content.)

And like I said above, I used brown rice instead of pasta and I think it works.

"Great work on your weight loss!"

TW writes:

Great work on your weight loss! You are well on your way to becoming a fitter person! I have struggled with my fitness for quite some time, and something that has helped me out in the past year is intermittent fasting and HIIT workouts. I found that I was able to lose a lot of the "hard to lose" fat with this method, all while building muscle. If you are interested, I would highly recommend checking out There are a lot of different research articles and books out there, but she has condensed it all (with references) and has a great way of explaining it and keeping it simple. No, I'm not a bot and I'm not a spammer, nor do I work for Sara, I promise! I just see how hard you are working toward your fitness goal and wanted to offer another option that has worked really well for me and wanted to pass it along. :)

Also, I've been following your adventures for a long time and I have to say it takes a lot of courage to admit to a world full of strangers that you failed. Kudos to you.

Hi TW,

I've been looking at a few HIIT workouts on Youtube, but I haven't tried them yet. I can't really make a lot of noise where I'm at right now. I could probably just find a quiet corner in the gym in the gym or something and hog some weights. And it does feel great to be in better shape; still not in perfect shape, but I was pushing 200+ pounds at the time I got of the island. (I honestly don't know exactly how much I weighed. I was too embarrassed to get on a scale.)

As for me failing, it's heartbreaking. That happened a while ago, so it's not that bad. But the worst part is that I'm still trying to get my life on track to this day. I posted a few times about some of my current goals and where I'm at and I wish I had more to share and report on this blog and I really don't -- but I hope I will in the future.