Who said we can’t learn from Rocks?

Who needs college? That’s the title of the NPR talk that featured a young entrepreneur who dropped out of Princeton to pursue an idea through Peter Thiel’s fellowship and gained an experience that would not have been provided in college. During the time away from college, she found her inner calling of what she wanted to do and decides to go back to college.  Now she can take advantage of the opportunities and reap the true benefit of college.

How many of us know what we really, really want to do entering college? At first, I thought that’s why we go to college—to find our true calling of what we wanted to do. But aren’t kids in college much more confused on what to do after college? In this case, would it be wise to consider delaying college plans and venture in real-life experiences? Or maybe this is why those who pursue graduate degrees took time away to learn what they are really passionate about so by the time they enter their graduate studies–they can truly enjoy and take advantage of the resources that are readily available.

A philosophy that have always stuck with me is that resources and opportunities are not limited in the academic setting. Anybody, anywhere can learn from anybody, anywhere and anything. Everybody or even any animal or anything has their strengths and weakness so if we look around us–we are surrounded by gems and pearls that can enlighten us. The world is fascinating!  Now, I spy a gem, do you?

Thanks NPR for inspiring this reflection on my personal philosophy. Now back to the game-face–bring it on Finals!


Learning from Kids.

Learning is quite a phenomenal process.  As I browse through the artwork and assignments of a kindergartener, it made me realize how much every stroke and word can reveal about a kid’s personality. No wonder pediatric psychologists uses drawings to decipher a child’s psyche. This is probably why I really appreciate artwork and design from anybody. The process of constructing a masterpiece takes brain power and thought. How can a psychobiology major not love something that have so much innate mind and brain connection, thought, and creativity. It’s hard to describe the joy I get when I look at the one-of-a-kind coloring and drawings my little cousins hung on my wall. While studying for finals, those mini breaks observing those drawings makes me smile. 

Children and their sincerity and innocence are so adorable. I am learning so much from them. 



A constant reminder

Inspired by a post from Marc and Angel on “Things I wish someone told be when I am 18” . I looked back on college life and what I thought about it. I still agree that many of the things listed in that article is true but many times it is always easy to say than to do.

Here are the top things from the list that I thought would be most helpful

  • Explore new ideas and opportunities often
  • People are not mind readers.  Tell them what you’re thinking.
  • Talk to lots of people in college and early on in your career.
  • Sit alone in silence for at least ten minutes every day.
  • Exploit the resources you do have access to

Though the list was meant for people who are 18, but I feel like it is still applicable to anybody. In fact, it’s a really good reminder to read this article because I was loosing the “steam” . At some point, I even felt like a retired fellow. But I am recollecting my thoughts and hopefully I can walk the talk that I thought.

Limitations sprout creativity

CPR class was a good workout for a saturday morning. Five sets of 30x compression + two breath+ counting aloud is definitely an upper body plus back strengthening exercise. The record for the longest CPR was only four hours before the victim regain some vital signs (which was pretty amazing since cpr is usually used to buy the victim some time until an AED is used to shock the heart back in rhythm). I wonder how many people who are CPR certified actually have a chance to apply their skills in a real life scenario. For some reason CPR makes me think about emergency responses in the jungle or somewhere where medical professional and supplies are not available. Ie along the same line of “man versus nature ” kind of business. What do we do then? Its going to be a test of knowledge, creativity and resourcefulness. At one point of my life or even now, I would want to be knowledge enough to know what to do at those scenarios. This is Another reason why I have so much respect for Doctors without borders and doctors who work @ third world countries, those physicians need to adapt to their environment and work effectively with what they have. Perhaps, in general I have a lot of respect for people who can make the best out of their scenario by simply using some creativity…

Does limitation sprout creativity or does it depend on the person?? I like to believe it’s a combination of both

” sometimes the longer path IS the shortcut”

I am very grateful that I am in a position to meet many professionals in the medical field.  I had a good conversation with a doctor from China and he gave me his 2 cent on this crossroad that I’m in.  He also concluded with a phrase ” sometimes the longer path is a shortcut” that made me question: ” should I challenge myself and also pursue a track in western medicine?”.

I persuaded myself that the western medicine route was not necessarily the path I wanted to step into. I am a true believer in the holistic modality and wanted to learn other tools to help people. I also know that western medicine is obtainable if I needed to search for something medical so was it necessary to go through the training if I wanted to help those who are in their sub-clinical conditions?

BUT,  little did I know that politics play such a big role in the real world.  If I wanted to do something, I will need a recognizable credential. If I am a fresh graduate out of oriental medical school, I will only fall under a big category of CAM that is constantly struggling for recognition of its effective clinical outcomes.  Medical doctors are still the ones at the top of the hierarchy in US Health field, unlike China where Doctors from both Eastern Medicine and Western medicine are on the same level. If I want to do something more, I will eventually need to partner up with a Western Doc because this is the way our society works! ‘sigh’

As I am reconsidering my path in medicine, I revisited some of my fears that I had such as 1) the work in preparing for application (MCATs, Courses, Resume Building…etc), 2) the dreadful application process, 3) the uncertainty of being accepted to a medical school,  4) The cost of application, and 5) the long, rigorous medical program. Ultimately, the actually fear and concern was the long training that might not be enough to be an effective healer that really steered me away. I would much rather be practicing a hands-on therapeutic modality (ie. chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, etc.) and be connected to treating patients than to immerse myself in books. I wanted to have a set of tools, something hands on. I grew up observing western doctors who only prescribed medication and wrote referrals–nothing that really made me feel that my doctor did something for me. I realize I may be very naive at that point because medical doctors are underestimated for their medical knowledge…

“sometimes the longer path IS the shortcut” …what do I want to do?

A Bag of Goodies

Here’s a bag of goodies to live with (found it on my cousin’s profile).

Rubber band- to remind you to be flexible – things may not always go the way you want, but it will work out.

Toothpick – to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others.

Candy Kiss – to remind you that everyone needs a hug, kiss or word of encouragement everyday.

Penny – to remind you your thoughts are important – Share them with others.

Band aid- to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s.

Pencil – to remind you to list your blessings everyday.

Eraser – to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it’s okay.

Mint – to remind you that you are worth a MINT!

Gum- to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.

Tea bag – to remind you to relax daily and go over that list of blessings.

Bag – It’s important to keep it all together. Find the balance in your physical, professional and spiritual life. Explore the resources available to you in the community.

At this point of life, it’s easy to loose sight on what I want to do. I start to loose energy on what I want to pursue. What happened? Perhaps, It’s just a wake-up call to start pushing myself forward. Perhaps this is part of the process of .. preparation? exploring? Once this brainstorming process is over, I’m ready to take this bag of goodies and charge towards something amazing. Just wait.