At home today, just after breakfast and it’s my day off.
I plan to enjoy as much of today as possible. Read a little, workout, do some much needed cleaning and some other things.
I’ve had kind of a stressful week. Not really dealing with my job as a veterinarian really, but I’ve been dealing with other stressful sources.
I’ve learned to just keep on going despite all the stress that I have. The more I get done, the better I feel. Sometimes I think that stress is a good thing to experience every once in awhile. It allows us to be momentarily shocked, and while we may be partially drained by it, it can allow us to adapt and become a little stronger.
It’s time to roll with the punches and keep on chuggin’. Because there’s nothing worse than a train that just decides to give up and stop working. Right?
Doctor Perez to be exact.
About 10 months ago I graduated from veterinary school and finally got my veterinary degree. After 4 years of grueling, rigorous veterinary courses I was finally able to put on my second graduation gown and graduate with my second degree. And finally, I achieved my dream of becoming a veterinarian.
I’ve been through a lot these past few months that I was away from this blog. Definitely full of ups and downs and there is definitely a lot to reflect on. I broke up with my ex-girlfriend of almost 5 years right before I ended vet school. I did some traveling within the Philippines and Korea and visited family and friends. I started playing tennis again and started to focus more on my fitness. I graduated from veterinary school. I got horribly sick for a month and a half keeping me bedridden for a few weeks. And after my time in the Philippines to mull over things and take a break from everything, I came back home to New York to start a new phase of my life. Now I’m currently in the process of taking the foreign veterinary board exams.
It’s been a whirlwind of sorts. These last few months have really been something.
After a bit of soul-searching and after a few months of working at my father’s clinic I found myself doing things that I never had time to do when I was in school. I was able to freely meet up and catch up with friends on a regular basis. I was able to reconnect with my family who I hadn’t seen much of in the last few years. I was also able to finally cook regularly and actually read some books for leisure. I was able to travel around NYC and surrounding areas just for the heck of it. I’m even in the midst of learning a new language. I stopped checking Facebook every other moment and decided to focus on the simple (albeit important) pleasures in life.
I needed time off after graduation just to reconnect with everything and everyone that I always had, but that was always on the backburner due to school.
I needed time to focus, readjust and just think–and I got it.
The end result of the entire process so far is this: I’ve become more mature. I’m now able to let things go that I hadn’t easily given up before. Now I’m seemingly able to balance my life more than I was able to before and I’m happier for it.
I’ve met some new people as well. People that are fun to be around and also make me happy. I think it’s important to find and surround yourself with positive people that you’re compatible with. Not people that will constantly be complaining about your character flaws or being petty with simple things. (Because let’s be honest, everybody has them.) We need people that are encouraging and not condescending. We need to be with people who acknowledge their faults and are also willing to improve upon them. We need people who are able to compromise with other parties who don’t necessarily have the same view. We also need people to lift us up when we are down. These are all simple things, but these were all extremely difficult to find, at least for me.
As a new veterinarian and as a person entering this new phase of his life, I realize that there is still a lot I need to learn in terms of handling people and situations. But my goal is to learn from every experience, however easy (or difficult) that they may be.
So I’m coming back to this blog to revive and finish something that I started all those years back. I’m going to do my best to post here a lot more often (not with all these extremely long hiatuses) because I had a mission back then to make a record of what I’ve been going through and although I haven’t been keeping up with it, I do want to finish it.
So say good-bye to the Filipino Vet Student blog. I’ll be starting from scratch this time to chronicle my life as a new veterinarian and a new person.
If you guys decide to follow me on this journey, then I hope you will enjoy the ride.
… and I’m freakin’ excited!
I have a lot to think about, but tomorrow’s the ceremony! I actually have to go in a little bit to help out and set up the graduation stage tomorrow (it’s currently a quarter to 11pm right now and all the Seniors have to come together to put the stage together).
My family from Antipolo is here and also my aunt, uncle and cousin from California. Actually, my cousin will be coming with me in a bit to help me out with the preparations so it will be cool.
Just wanted to post an update. Tomorrow morning will be the graduation ceremony for just the College of Veterinary Medicine, but then later on the university wide graduation at the University of the Philippines Los Banos will happen. It’s a whole day affair, but I’m excited!
Photo: I leave you with the graduation tarp that I designed for the ceremony. IT’S HUGE!
Hi blog readers!
Gosh, I really have been absent from the blogosphere for awhile… I have to apologize for that, but I’ve had a pretty busy couple of months. A previous WordPress update pretty much left my entire blog in pieces and I didn’t really have time to try and alter and fix it until now. A few months later after the crash I finally have some time to actually do that.
Now this is a previous layout that I’ve created which I’ve used before, but it seems pretty simple and easy to work with. I think I’ll keep this style of blog for now, but I definitely have to fix the background and such. Until then this layout seems pretty good.
I hope that all of you are doing well. I’ve gone through a lot in the past few months (some events bad, but mostly good) and I am a stronger person for it. Maybe I’ll go into detail about it later, but for now, just know that I am enjoying my time now with some new people and that I am just about 6 days until graduation.
I’m quite excited to say the least about my upcoming graduation. Graduation here in the Philippines is long and there is a particular veterinary ceremony in the morning and then another university-wide one in the afternoon. My father will be flying in from NYC to see the graduation.
I have the pleasure of graduating from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos’ College of Veterinary Medicine. Through the four years I’ve been a student at UPLB I suffered some hardship with classes, relationships, and other things, but I think I’ve grown a lot. Being here has been a blessing of some sort, and honestly it will be hard for me to leave here.
After graduating, I plan to finally move back to NYC and start my board exam studying. I’ll be taking the AVMA approved method of applying for a veterinary license which consists of a written and practical examination, so wish me luck.
All in all, I just want to say that I am happy with things now and will be even happier when I finally get to throw my mortarboard up in the air. With the DVM degree in my hands I can finally start on living my dream.
I’ll update you all in the coming days, but probably after Saturday which is my grad day.
Take care peeps!
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Sun Ye’s voice is as amazing and heavenly as ever.
Yubin finally gets to rap and let her skills speak for themselves.
Yenny’s amazing piano and singing skills never cease to amaze me.
SoHee’s soft voice suits this song very well.
Lim has some pretty awesome rapping skills too.
Ah, I guess I’m spazzing, but it’s just a breath of fresh air to see these girls in action again… and singing something so out of their comfort zone, but still so well! I love them so much. I know they will go far.
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