Medical School

What if you don’t get into medical school…



If you truly want to become a physician, whatever your reasons may be. You can do it.

Becoming a physician is NOT a race. & I repeat. Becoming a physician is NOT a race.

Yes, it’s annoying when you see your friends go through medical school and residency. Yes, it’s annoying when you feel like you are so far behind. Then you ask yourself, why you can’t be there with them? Trust me, I have been there. And you won’t get far moping and whining. Done moping and whining? Let’s move forward!

The process of getting into medical school is a learning process. You learn so much about yourself — mentally and physically. So don’t be too hard on yourself! We are only human!

If I don’t get into medical school with my first attempt,  I plan to re-evaluate my application and go from there.

My recommendations include (Which I’m doing now!!):

#1 Call or make an appointment with medical school advisor

This is your chance to ask the committee yourself, what is missing in your application? How can you strengthen your application for the upcoming cycle? Even though your medical school/physician friends will offer well-intended advice, the experts know best since after all they are the ones looking at your application.

#2 Volunteer

This might sound cliche. But volunteer smarter. Volunteer your time with something you are passionate about and not just an ‘I’m volunteering because I want an extra volunteer story in my updated application.’ The committee can see when you volunteer to just volunteer or when you are giving your free time to something that interests you and where you are growing from it. Make your time worthwhile, because you deserve it!

#3 Work

Just because you want to become a physician in the future does not mean you have to work in the medical field while you wait for your acceptance. You’ll have the rest of your life to work in the clinical office, emergency department, OR…etc. Take a dip into other positions where one day you can connect with non-medical personnel!

#4 Special Masters Program for Pre-Health students

There’s a handful of special masters program (SMP) out there where you can increase your chances of getting into medical school if you perform well. Some programs have guaranteed interviews if you get X.XX GPA and XXX on your MCAT. Do your research!  These programs are hell-o tough (&& expensive), but if you work hard it’ll help your chances of getting into school.

Just sharing a few of my tips that I will be looking into in the next couple months! I’d love to hear any other tips you may have!!

Happy Monday!!


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2018 goals.

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Happy new year!!

There’s something about a start of a new year that motivates you to be positive about the year ahead. Start of a new chapter?

I’d like to share a few goals I have in mind and  hope to have some ticked off by the end of the year, if possible!

In no particular order!

#1 Downsize!

This will be the year I will downsize and only buy things that I need, not things ‘I plan to use in the future,’ Anybody else do that? I have way tooo many things and those things causes me stress since I am also looking for reasons to use them (i.e. clothes, kitchen clutter, bags..etc). Less stuff = stress free.


I probably read about four books last year and I’m going to try to double that number to eight! I dare myself!! Challenge accepted.

#3 Self love 🙂

I tend to put everyone first before I put myself. But it’s okay to be selfish sometime! That’s what I am going to do from time to time this year! It’s okay to say no, and just have dinner by yourself. It’s okay to be a homebody and pamper yourself!

#4 Get into medical school

I am still waiting to hear from medical school. It’s nerve wrecking. But I know nothing always goes as plan. It is OKAY if I don’t get into school this round. There’s always next application cycle. More on this on the next blog.

#5 Travel more

Have you seen how massive this world is?! I’d love to travel more, if possible. Even if it’s to places I have never been in my own hometown.

#6 Learn a new language

I’ve been toying with this idea for the longest time. This will be the year where I can speak and read Spanish a little more than last year. A little each day goes a long way. (I use Duolingo!)

#7 Do something I’m scared of!

Public speaking. I get nervous about having everyone’s eyes on me and then my voice cracks. I want to work on public speaking this year and do a speaking event. It makes me nervous to think about that!

#8 Spend more time with my love ones

I get so wrapped up in my work and looking into the future that time flies oh-so-quick! Most important thing in life is to spend as much time as you can with your love ones because they matter most!

extra goal: Blogging on a schedule. I have been so random at blogging that it doesn’t make any sense! Life has been so busy and I need to work on a thing called time management!

May this be your best year yet!



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Happy Friday y’all!

September came and went! October, welcome! Please stay a while 🙂

Are you doing anything fun this weekend? or just kicking it back and relaxing? Whatever it is, I hope you’re having fun, spending it with people you love and making you happy!!

I’d like share with you some of my favorite things I have stumbled/re-stumbled upon this week….

I have extremely dry skin and since winter is approaching, I have to be on top of moisturizing my skin. I have been digging the Buffy body butter from LUSH. It’s tad bit pricey (boo.) which I highly recommend requesting a sample to see if it works for you!

Gotta Share this!

Perfect day and night top.  I have the black but want one in every. single. color. Anyone else like that?

What’s your sign? (perfect birthday/teacher/nurse/bridesmaid/just because gift!)

Such a cute couple. #relationshipgoals

I can eat these for days…yum.

Positive note of the week: I recently tried out to become a spinning instructor! Unfortunately, I did not make it the second round but that didn’t really bum me out. 🙂  I had so much fun during the try-out (meeting new people, getting a workout and leading a workout I made up in front of a group of people!)! I went out of my comfort zone & tried something new.

What I decided to de-cluttered: lipblam. I have way too many to count. Way more than one person needs (I think I might’ve had enough to cover me for years)! I decided to give the ones I haven’t opened to family or donate them. Seriously, they add up!

Enjoy your weekend!!




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Hello stranger!

How are you? Happy Autumn/Fall! Are you ready for everything pumpkin spice, sweater weather and brunswick stew? I know I’m not! Okay, maybe a little. Trying to soak up the warm weather before it’s gone! eek.

I have been really awful at writing for this blog! Smh. Maybe, I’ll be better this time! hehe. 

Life update: This summer flew by oh so quick! 😦 In short — I had the opportunity go to see Cuba with my better half for a couple days, spent an amazing week with my family in Florida (i love family time!!) and got a new job! It was bittersweet to leave my old job, but it was time I try something new! I’ll blog about that another day, if you like! 

Medical School update: First time applying here! I submitted my application towards the end of August and have received secondaries. Wish me luck! I’ll update you from time to time about medical school. 

Something positive: I’m going to try to jot down something positive I have done or noticed during my week! Something to remember when I re-read my blog posts! 

What I’ve decluttered: I am attempting to live this minimalistic lifestyle I have made up in my head. I want to be able to live with less and experience more. Each week, I will attempt to remove unnecessary things in my life and prevent myself from re-cluttering! I’d like any tips you may have!

Thanks for stopping by,


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stress eating.

I have a tendency to snack while studying (or during stressful events) and for the longest time, I was binge eating on unhealthy snacks (potato chips, candy bars, fries, cookies, more fries..etc). I would feel awful at the end of the evening and somehow I ended up eating the same things the following day.

For the past couple of months, I have been slightly better at munching on healthier snacks. I usually buy more from the produce section (especially when fruits are on SALE! the cantaloupes here were only $1.28! what a steal!) Here’s a peek of what I bought this week:


BOOM CHICKA POP (amazing!!!! — I usually eat more than the recommended serving!)



Asian pears (one of my favorites)

Nature Valley bars (Oats n’ honey, sweet & salty nut)

vita coco (I’m testing to see if coconut water DOES really help my skin)

sanpellegrino & perrier (to help supplement my soda cravings)

Lindt dark chocolate (it’s one of the better chocolates!)

For the fruits, I like to pre-cut the night before and pop it in the fridge. That way you would not have to worry the morning of and just grab and go!

Since I have switched to eating healthier snacks (I still sneak in a couple junk food here and there! hehe), I noticed my mood is slightly better, I lost some lbs and have more energy to study after work.

I would love any suggestion snack suggestion!



FYI: My opinions are my own and results may not be the same for everyone! Let me know if you have any questions!


Being bilingual.



Growing up, I attempted to hide the fact I was bilingual. In fact, I was annoyed with how people kept asking me to ‘say something in Vietnamese’ because obviously they wanted to learn the Vietnamese language! I eventually told everyone that I only knew English and that was that. No one dared to ask me again!! (I guess I was mean back in middle school…oh the awkward years!)

However, ever since I became involved in medicine, I have the utmost appreciation for multi-linguals. I have been in situations where I assisted with translating for the provider or was the [BLS] provider during EMS talking in Vietnamese with patients.I was a bridge between the patient and provider.

Recently, I put on a holter monitor (holter monitor: personal cardiac monitor to record heart rhythms that one wears for 24-48 hours) for an eighty-something year Vietnamese patient. She had her son with her (who spoke fairly decent English) where they greeted me with warm smiles and started speaking to me in Vietnamese. (Side note: A good number of patients guesses my ethnicity wrong which doesn’t really bother me! I was surprised this duo knew I was Vietnamese or maybe my they saw my last name on my ID — that’s a dead giveaway). I never shy away from using Vietnamese and I think it benefits me since patients seem to be more open and trustworthy of me. I gave the patient and her son instructions about the holter and let them on their merry way. This story is so near and dear to my heart is because I have taken my grandmother to her physician’s visits countless times and translated for her. I like to make anyone’s time at a doctor’s visit as easy as possible.

This patient interaction (along with many others) was a friendly reminder of why I want to go into medicine. Not to only improve patient’s health but to be an advocate for the patient and invest in a kind of relationship where patients and their family knows you are wanting to help them!

I love the fact that I know Vietnamese (and English!) and thank my parents endlessly for teaching me to speak it! Even though I I try to connect myself with non-English speaking patients since they have a hard time comprehending providers that use complex medical terms rather than layman’s terms. I wished I knew more languages! Quiero aprender espanol!! Slowly but surely!

Thanks for stopping by!!




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Medical School

note abbreviations.


I like to write notes rather than typing them! Do you? There’s something about pen and paper 🙂 (More reasons to buy stationary!! hehe.) I have come up with a list of abbreviations/shorthands that I often use while writing my MCAT notes!! It might not be new for some but I thought I share some of my commonly used abbreviations!


  1. to change/changingScreen Shot 2017-03-19 at 8.17.47 PM.png
  2. doesn’t have, none, no
  3. with
  4. amino acid
  5. negative
  6. positive
  7. water
  8. reaction
  9. because
  10. phosphate group
  11. increase
  12. decrease




Do you have any abbreviations/shorthand of your own? I’d love to know!!




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mini emergency kit.



I like to carry an emergency bag with me around for those just in case mini ‘personal’ emergencies! (or if a co-worker or stranger needs anything!) I’ve had many personal emergencies in the past and a number of people have helped me! Why not pay it forward?

I bought this cute medical bag a couple years ago from Etsy and I still adore it! (I don’t remember the exact store I bought this item from but here’s a similar one!) yay, for supporting small businesses.

Here are a few things in my emergency kit:

  1. bandaids – because all emergency kits need to have band-aids. And besides, I have had my fair share of paper cuts! (those MCAT books, hehe)
  2. hair ties and bobby pins – I have long hair that always gets in my way. Most of my co-workers are males where they carry rubber bands with them — which I prefer not to use.
  3. deodorant- I have run out of the house many times without putting on deodorant and luckily, I have a small one I carry around with me! I don’t want to have BO around my patients!!
  4. Ibuprofen- for headaches, abdominal cramps … etc. These are a lifesaver for those random, out of the blue pains! We do have a gift shop that carries OTC medications but why must they charge so much?!
  5. chapstick- I seriously carry at least THREE chap sticks with me everywhere and at least one stays in the bag in case I forget the others!! I am trying a new lip balm a follower suggested on Instagram! (thanks for the suggestion!!)
  6. energy beans/snack – a little pick me up during those hungry times/low energy. These energy beans are soooo good (I prefer the orange flavored ones). I don’t know if they give me the extra energy but I’ll take it!!
  7. tampons- who knows when mother nature decides to drop in and say hello!
  8. perfume – I like to dab a little perfume around my neck. It makes me feel nicer! and a little fancy 🙂
  9. hand sanitizer – I rather wash my hands when I can but carry hand sanitizer with me just in case I don’t have a sink/soap nearby!

What’s in your emergency kit?




I’m dating a med student…


…and he’s just like everyone else!

The boyfriend and I are both nontraditional, premed students (technically, he was a nontraditional premed and now an M1 #proudgirlfriend 🙂  )that met during a post bacc program. We have been dating for two years (!) now and fortunately, everything thus far seems doable.

I work at the teaching hospital in town where he goes to medical school and his classes are literally right next door. We see each other daily; before class/work where I usually scoop him up from his apartment, during lunchtime and after work where he picks me up since his class ends at noon most of the time (for the first year) — which is such a timesaver!
Catching the bus to where my car is parked takes AT LEAST 30 minutes. Oy vey.

unnamed-1.jpgWe have nothing but respect for each other. When he has a test coming up, I usually like to give him some space and time so he can focus on his test. I’d make lunches for us that week since we all know every minute counts during crunch time! I confess, sometimes I bother him with motivational texts and surprise hugs! + coffee! + dinner if I’m still on campus. I think he likes that? I hope he does. lol.

He does the same for me. He knows when I need to spend time studying for the MCAT. He’ll give me space and says ‘hi’ during my study breaks. Sometimes we’ll study together 🙂

People always talk about how difficult dating a medical student is, but honestly, it is up to the two people in the relationship. The boyfriend and I have an open communication and I believe that’s what works for us. Don’t be so demanding of someone’s time when they’re trying to work on their career! (My relationship advice: If something is bothering you about your significant other, talk about it! Don’t bottle your feelings up just to let it explode later on!

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I am applying this coming cycle and would love to stay in town but I have to be realistic about the possibility not getting into the same medical school. Nothing is guaranteed. We talked about our future  (where I might go to medical school, residency, fellowship, travel plans, babies?!, etc). We are committed to each other and willing to make it work. You just have to build a strong foundation and believe in one another.

Not a lot of people are fortunate as us to have a relationship so close, and I admire those who have long distance relationships. Stay strong, the end is all worth it!! (positive vibes!) Who knows, I might have a long distance relationship when I start school/if he lands a residency elsewhere!

I’d love to answer any questions related to dating, being a nontraditional premed, medical school application…or if you just like to chat! Comment down below or send me an email!

Sidenote: I meant to say that the open communication is 99% true, the boyfriend has no clue that I started a blog! Hehe. So if you have any questions on his end, I will ask him randomly. He’ll just think I am being me since I am forever asking him random questions!



p.s. This list. lol.


Gift guide for soon-to-be residents and medical students!

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Match day is right around the corner, and so is commencement!! Congrats class of 2017!!

Here are a few things I’ve gathered from the internet that I recommend giving to soon-to-be residents and incoming medical students:



What is a physician or medical student without a stethoscope? Stethoscope-less. #badjoke. Besides wanting a white coat, I think a good, quality stethoscope is the second item physicians-to-be dream about! Am I right or am I right? You can either go with a Littmann ~ $180 — bought one for my boyfriend for med school and he has not used it because he’s afraid of losing it! 😐 –, a StethoHope ~ $80 (the company donates a stethoscope each time a purchase is made to practitioners with limited resources! isn’t that amazing?! StethoHope, you are awesome!) or an EKO stethoscope for all you tech savvy people out there ~$300. I use Littmann at work and I can vouch for their quality! From the reviews of StethoHope and EKO on Instagram, I have heard nothing but positive reviews!!

Discount for StethoHope: use #Hope2017 for $10 off your purchase. 


Surgical caps

For anyone you know that is going into surgery that needs a cute cap to cover their hair during surgery! You can help them start their surgical cap collection by getting their first one! (Monogram with their initials to make it extra, extra special:) I have this one that I love (boyfriend bought for me!! and trust me, it’s monogrammed!), and this store has awesome designs!



We all know physicians and students have to carry their badges around with them everywhere!! Why not add a cute reel (or pin) to spice up their badge! Especially if they are going into a specialty. Conversation starter for all those single males and females physicians and physicians-to-be? (‘Hey, nice band-aid!’ ‘why thank you, it’s for fixing broken hearts!’) Love this, THIS, and this one too 🙂 This is such an inexpensive gift and the recipient will most likely love it!



This gift is questionable since most hospitals provide scrubs for their employees but for medical students, it’s a great gift (esp during anatomy class!). Scrubs can get expensive so gifting one will help medical students be in less debt! Everything counts! I like how soft FIGS scrub look, IguanaMed has really cute ones and Maevn uniforms are giving out free scrubs this month (check them out on Instagram)! There are other brands you can check out on allheart !!

Discounts: (FIGS) 15% off FIGS when you sign up on their mailing list! (Allheart) Free shipping with allheart!



I really enjoy wearing a watch. Not only do you look professional with your scrubs (or white coat!), you look stylish with a classic watch! That way when patients ask you for the time, you don’t have to pull out your phone! One of my 2017 resolution: Look at my phone less! I love, LOVE my Daniel Wellington watch! I have had it for a couple of years and still can’t get enough of it 🙂 I can do a review on it later if you’re interested!


crossbody bag

A good ‘throw-everything-in’ bag is necessary for residents and medical students when they’re on the run! I recommend a timbuk2 crossbody bag! They are built to last. I have had one for about 5 years and it’s still going strong. I use it for everything and plan on using it for medical school (hopefully, soon!). A more feminine bag for females would be a Longchamp le pilage! I currently use the Longchamp (mine’s a large) as my work bag! So easy to clean! Confession: I have at least 3 Longchamps! Hehe.

Discount: 10% off timbuk2 bags when you sign up for their emails!


water bottle

Many times, we forget to hydrate ourselves (let alone EAT!) when we are super busy! I recommend carrying a small water bottle around with you as a friendly reminder to hydrate! And who wouldn’t want to show off their cute bottle!

These are just a couple cute ideas I feel the recipients would love and use! I know I would. (I hope my boyfriend uses his stethoscope soon, though!)



all opinions are my own. images were taken from Google.