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My last flight back to China (for the foreseeable future)

February 27, 2013
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I’m about to embark on what will be my last flight to China for quite a while.  As it turns out, I got into med school, and that means I’ll be living in America next year.

There are a few things I won’t miss about China, and 13+ hour flights are one of those things.  The freezing cold is another, the birdpoop is the third, and the disgusting humidity is the fourth.  Other than that, I’m going to miss just about everything.  I can already feel that it’s going to be a rather emotional semester of tons of fun and tons of goodbyes.


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Last minute travel

February 22, 2013
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It was on purpose that I left my break practically empty.  Not so that I could relax, but so that I could be at the beck and call of medial school admissions committees.

The weeks went by, and I loitered at friends’ homes in Boston, New Haven, and New York, waiting to hop up and go to whatever East Coast school invited me.  .  No interviews opportunities arose.  I left the East Coast for the Midwest, with still no word from three East Coast schools.  I regarded those three silences as pigeon hole rejections.  I think they’re technically called silent rejections, but I like the sound of “pigeon hole rejection” better.

Then, just as I was getting excited to spend three luxuriously empty days sitting at home, finally finishing choreography of the musical, and walking 2 miles each way through the Indianapolis suburbs to Zumba classes, I got a most unexpected email.  I heard the wonderful email “ding” sound as I was kneading pizza dough.  It was an invitation to interview at Dartmouth the day after I get back to China.  I called the office, and before I even knew what was happening, I had an interview scheduled for Thursday.  That was on Tuesday, by the way.  The very next day, I was on a plane, then a bus, then an air mattress in the closet of a med student.

I missed at least two Zumba classes for this interview, but seeing Dartmouth was a good use of my time.  Its location and small size give it a very different feel from any other med school I’ve seen.

And now, I am on my way back to Boston.  Again.  Oh well.  This is, after all, precisely why I left my break empty.


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Hometown

February 15, 2013
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I’m back in one of my favorite cities ever:  St. Louis.

Coming here after being away for so long, I have this strange feeling of, “Oh, right, that’s why I’m like this.”  My personality makes a lot of sense here.

Unrelated, but cool, check out my teaching report.


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Serious snow

February 9, 2013
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I came to New Haven to go to a ball and help at an event.  But now, the ball was cancelled, all traffic is illegal, and there are 34 inches of snow.

On the bright side, I’m snowed in with my best friend, Christina, watching Chinese romantic comedies on hulu and going to med school dance parties.


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Brooklyn is better

February 5, 2013
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Manhattan has a lot of unappealing qualities that don’t extend into Brooklyn.  I could live in Manhattan; I would get used to the things I don’t like until I didn’t notice them anymore. But  I wouldn’t have any adapting to do at all if I moved to Brooklyn.  The food is cheaper, there is space to eat it, people seem more genuine and less stressed, the young families seem more plentiful, the dogs seem more friendly, and best of all, it doesn’t smell like a dirty American city.  I always wondered why nobody else seems to notice that Manhattan stinks, but then my Kenyan friend confirmed that our cities smell, so I know I’m not crazy.


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