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Since I created this account yesterday, but the semester started last week, I will tell you what I did. I think it was a good first week.

Although I didn’t do much the weekend. Maybe that’s why yesterday I was having a stress and anxiety breakdown😪.

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So it’s Friday so I’ll post an update.

The first two days went swimmingly. I got shit done mostly chores.

Wednesday I had some serious ADHD kick in. I was doing chores and stuff but my brain was going to mile a minute. I really struggle with prioritizing tasks. And then when my husband came home he reminded me that I was supposed to make a decision about dinner and make something. I have done a whole bunch of other productive things but didn’t do that. Feels bad man.

Thursday I got a little off-track. I did not have 15 to 30 minutes without screens. However I did have a social event where I did stay off of my phone most of the time. So it kind of counts? My biggest goal with this is to not be wasting a ton of time on my phone but I could be doing other things. Being out and social is a rare thing for me and I counted as self-care.

Today I did 20 minutes of being off my phone. I did some chores. But I think I need to start taking days to do self-care stuff. I totally get that cleaning and keeping a calm house is self-care. But I don’t want my brain to start associating this time with housework only. And then fighting with my brain every time I need to do this because oh that’s chore time. 

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Just in time for the hormone crash 5 days post partum….

We were finally discharged last night around dinner time. Baby girl put on a bit of weight (still at -9.3% from birth) and the LC came and confirmed an obvious tongue tie, limiting her tongue going past her bottom teeth (moderate). She agreed that it is the likely cause of the feeding issues and is confident that correction will put us back on track.

Tomorrow at 630am we have the consult with the dentist that does the surgery and it can be done same day! Then her first family dr appt for weight check. We’ve been doing a combo of breast and pump/tube feeding. Since it’s getting cut so quickly, LC said bottles (paced feeding) are fine but we can continue tube feeding (tiny tube with holes taped to our finger, then she nurses on our finger) to get and keep her weight up. Hopefully the cut fixes it all!

In other news, she’s adorable and we love her to death. After years of TTC, the goal became getting pregnant so actually having a baby is just…mind boggling. I’m still terrified of being a horrible parent or screwing her up and I just sit there. I hope it goes away soon. Our animals were thrilled to see us and pretty much ignored the baby. Dog licked her a couple time but that’s it. Cats have checked her out but aren’t worried of her screams and act as normal.

But, enjoy some cute photos.

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So it was my first week back at uni this year, I was only in two days but it was nice to be back on campus. I’m gonna miss this place when I leave, but for now I’m going to make the most of everything on offer! One thing I noticed straight away is they changed the recipe for the chai latte in the campus cafe and I dont like it any more so I’m gonna have to find a new drink, ah well :(  

Anyway, on Wednesday we had the societies fair, which I helped out at. I’m helping to run the pagan society this year as finance officer, and I have no idea what I’m doing but I’m sure it’ll be fine :/ the fair went great though! We had quite a few people interested and it was great meeting new people (plus we got a free box of jammy dodgers from the breast cancer awareness stall so yknow, thats a win!) also there was a poster sale on outside so I got an massive art poster for £4, thats going on my wall above my bed I think.

Thursday was our first official day back, we just got our timetables and our lecturer Sarah went over feedback from last year and some improvements to the uni and things like that. We also finally get our own studio space to work in! It’s just a little desk with a metal grating behind it for pinning things too, but I am very excited to start making it my own. Me and my friend have already talked about getting some plants in (I have about 20 aloes at home now cus they keep multiplying to I might bring a couple in to spruce the place up a bit)

The university has a “smart hub” now where all the fancy tech has been moved too. We have self service laser-cutters, a 3D scanner and printed and a risograph printer (finally! I’ve been so excited about that haha) I cannot wait to try them all out.

This weekend I’m focusing on getting as much done in my sketchbook as I can. I am a bit behind on it as I had a somewhat hectic summer (I was working at camps more weekends than I wasnt!) so its a bit of a mad rush now, but it’ll be fine I’m sure! I can’t wait to get started on our new projects next week!

(Also I should be getting some new badges soon, very excited!)

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Hey, so I landed last Friday, so I’ll start with Saturday. I got the idea from @psychedaboutstudying (Esther) who had done a similar post about her first weeks as a PhD student, but mine is a bit more ramble, far more mundane and less…professional?

I get points for trying right?

Saturday:

  • Woke up at 6 am, with no jetlag because I didn’t sleep more than 3 hours in flight (it was a 21 hour flight) thanks to the two kids trying to scream their way to the US of A.
  • Worked up the will power to go out for groceries, walked 15 minutes to a Safeway, lost and confused with how to cross the road, bought a lot of fruit, forgot the rice.
  • Planned out where to buy what from based on price comparison (I’m serious, I had a lot of time on Saturday, I sat and went through three sites).
  • Worked up to the courage to reach out to the people in my program, and had someone to meet almost every day of the week. I felt so awkward and uncomfortable leaving the house and seeing other people I had never seen, and knew that if I didn’t make the effort to meet people, I would be lonely and bored in the house.

Sunday

  • Took the bus here for the first time, was so confused, but I had luckily asked a local about it on Saturday, so I somehow managed.
  • Took the bus to the nearby Target to buy myself some rain shoes, bought these cute boots!
  • Slept from 12 pm to 6, called some friends and family and then slept again at 9.

Monday

  • Met someone on campus, had coffee, so I finally tried to befriend someone.
  • I used the bus to the campus for the first time, so that was great.
  • Finished submitting my transcripts, getting my ID card and setting up my bank account.
  • Met a whole bunch of the PhD students in my cohort- all 4th year and up. It wasn’t at all a planned meeting, I was originally going to meet two of them separately (one planned in advance and the other randomly cropping up) and then everyone just came to the same office and we chatted.

Tuesday

  • Went to understand the insurance programs and took a tour of campus
  • Met a random phd student and hung out with him, a pre doctoral student I had invited to lunch and someone in my own program for a couple hours
  • Procrastinated on getting my phone number

Wednesday

  • I wanted to get my phone number done today, but haha jokes on me, apparently I was going to spend the whole week outside, meeting other people
  • Met my immediate senior for coffee, discussed the program, his advice, etc.
  • Met the two other girls joining my program (though different track) for coffee. Then took them to meet two girls who are in the building the three of us are going to live in next week.

Thursday

  • Went for day long orientation session
  • Finally got my damn phone number

Friday

  • Went to an international student intro session where we got all the boring details of being an international student, like legal stuff we need to remember. 
  • Met a few people, but stuck by the guy I had met from the campus tour
  • Went to my new office and worked there for a couple of hours on my project
  • Met my childhood friend after 15 years
  • Went out for drinks with the girl from Monday and her friend, found a gem of an Irish pub with live music and had so much fun
  • Went to a local drive thru that is really famous

Saturday

  • Didn’t exit my house or do anything
  • Ran out of groceries and spent the day trying to motivate myself to go get food, only to exit the house on Sunday

Ask me anything you want, about my new life, my first week, etc.

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notes on attending uni on a caribbean island

- we have such a nice year round garden and ya’ll some of us are wearing flipflops to class. it’s nice that the mood is informal, yet the program is vigorous.
- the student body is so interesting. at least for law, there’s tons of 18 year old kids, but also full time working adults, ages ranging from 20 something to 60
- i think this has to do with the college fees being relatively low and the uni being very open for already established professionals
- there’s a parliament member in our class. tiny community things.
- one thing i’m struggling with is studying in a colonial language, albeit they are being understanding with us about needing some time to get used to it

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26.08.19 - 02.09.19: First week (+1 day) completed! Pros and cons as follows:
H I S T O R Y
+ Lecturer is really charismatic
- First thing on a Monday morning is not the place for a charismatic teacher 0.o

P S Y C H O L O G Y
+ so far so good, we’re only covering two of the topics I’ve already covered in my last psych qualification.
- Right now we’re going over the basics, which of course I already did last year. So it’s pretty slow right now

S O C I O L O G Y
+ Lecturer is young and really really nice. Uses current, good quality memes.
- No cons yet. 

P R O B L E M   S O L V I N G ,  W O R K I N G   W I T H   O T H E R S.
+ Lecturer seems chill. Class content seems to be a pretty chill class. I don’t expect much work from it.
- It’s an hour-long class I’m not sure how much she’s going to be able to fit in there…

D E V E L O P M E N T A L   S K I L L S
+ Topics seem interesting (crime through the ages, research methods, and Project work)
- It’s a merged class in a stuffy lecture theatre, with triple the amount of my normal class.

C O R E   S K I L L S
+ This is basically just communication, which is cool. 
- No cons yet.

I C T
+ I am allowed to use my own laptop for this class, hallelujah.
- It’s an hour long, which is concerning.

E N T E R P R I S E 
+ This is the community project class. I’m pretty excited about it because I like organising things.
- It was the only full-on class the whole of the first week. I am concerned as to how full on it’s going to be mid-semester (it only runs until christmas)

A N T H R O P O L O G Y
+ Lecturer is also my Enterprise teacher and my group tutor
- No cons yet as this class replaces my Enterprise class after christmas.

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Here is a super brief overview of what I did my first few days.

I was traveling for over 24 hours to get from Boston, MA, USA to Santiago, Chile. I had a layover in Brazil from 4:00am to 9:00am. I finally arrived at my house around 5:00pm on Monday, August 19th.

I settled in and met two people living in the house. One spoke English and one did not. They were both super nice. I eventually met the other housemate that I had initially made contact with. Two of my housemates and I went to watch a magnificent sunset from my neighborhood overlooking the rest of the city. After that, one of my housemates, the one that doesn’t speak any English, was kind enough to bring me to the grocery store.


Tuesday

I continued to unpack, explored my neighborhood, got some lunch, and researched tours to orient myself to the city for later in the week.


Wednesday

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I found the bus to take me into the city from my rural neighborhood per my housemate’s recommendation. I went on a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of the city I signed up for the day before. It was useful to see many parts of the city and get a little oriented with the different areas and learn some of the histories. 


Thursday

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I finally found a brief moment to sit down with some wifi and coffee to address some personal matters. At 3:00pm, I met up with a free walking tour that was way more informative and intimate than the bus tour.


Friday

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I went to the Universidad de Chile to attend an event related to COP25 (the next international climate summit) and networked a bit. I had lunch with a new friend who showed me some cool parts of the university and we both caffeinated and sat down with wifi. In the evening, I went to a part of the city I had never been to for an informational event for graduate school that I signed up for three months ago.


Saturday

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I organized my notes from the week for this blog and went to aquatic therapy, which I highly recommend. After therapy, another new friend and I got dinner at a wicked delicious Peruvian restaurant. I had my first Pisco Sour, a common alcoholic beverage here, and scrumptious seafood. We strolled around and came home.


Sunday

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I went for a run around my neighborhood and did some yoga. In the afternoon, my housemate dropped me off at a nearby grocery store. It was in a plaza so I wandered around and enjoyed my first “mote con huesillo,” a traditional Chilean sweet peach drink with corn husks and rehydrated peaches. 

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  • I sat in the wrong seat twice (assigned seats in law school? what??)
  • I accidentally entered the women’s bathroom (texting and walking and not knowing where I was)
  • I haven’t made study buddies yet. Which sucks. 
  • and there was one time where I was trying to finish my readings at 11 pm and I don’t want to do that ever again. 
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Uhm first of all hello 👋 , welcome to my blog, I had a good week since Monday I just had a little bit of a bump on the road. So lets start with Monday, it is just a normal day in a school for me nothing much that happens, BUT in the evening one of our friend became dramatic. I don’t know how to comfort someone so I hate that time 😢😢 . So I just watched my friends on how they comfort and talked to her. The next day is a normal day too but i just got to school too early and I have time to finish some of my homeworks that I did not finished, and on Wednesday we have no classes and thats it. Sooooo Thursday, my favorite day of this week 🎊🎉 our first subject is T.L.E and our group is next and we cooked chicken fillet and a sauce that taste like a fishball sauce. After lunch filipino is our next subject and we have a quiz. A lot of us did not review so a lot of us got a low grade 😂 😢 . That day we have a performance in MAPEH we are dancing to the song Claire de Lune and almost all of our dance did not looked that good and it is funny, and my most favorite part of that day is math 2 because our teacher did not go to class so some of my classmates and me spilled some TEAA and i drink tooo much information 😂😂 . And lastly friday it is today nothing that much happened too except english time that i really felt that I embarrased my self in front of my clssmates and that is one of my worst fear. So thats it for this weeks blog. Wait for my next blog post for next week. 😁😘

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My Friday Refection this week is week zero(orientation week).

A lil story first. One of my best friends got married in the UP of Michigan and I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid. The wedding was beautiful and so was the bride 😁. My travel back to Florida on Sunday was not so good. My flight from the UP took twice as long as planned due to weather. I missed my layover in Detroit. I spent the night in the airport because the next flight wasn’t until the next morning.

Monday: Orientation starts at 8AM. My plane lands at 11. I drive home, change and make it to the afternoon sessions and anatomy lecture. Turned in paperwork and felt pretty good considering the stress of the day.

Tuesday: I’m able to socialize more(due to good sleep). Had my first introduction to D.O. history. Learned some logistics like how to get into my email, advisor contact info, what supplies I should have when. Figured out I’m using notebook to take my notes! Also received an email about found security items.

Wednesday: Lecture heavy day. Met my advisor(happens to be my anatomy professor too!) Day goes ok with dense topics. I go to the student affairs about lost items (I never received) I got a slap on the wrist for a possible security breach. Explained my situation, and I think it’s fine now. Went home and studied.

Thursday was a good day. We had the student fair. I decided I’m signing up for SOMA and our Internal med club. A few more for their little perks like study reviews I may use. Roommate and I went to a BBQ social held by school government and met some 2nd years.

Friday… I had OMM foundations and a mental health(super important) lecture in the morning. During lunch found out my Great grandma passed away this morning :(. I was fitted for my white coat and couldn’t really concentrate the rest of the day. But I met my semester group and they seem like good people :)

Quite the first week and what an emotional rollercoaster. I’m glad to be through it and looking forward to better days.

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