Tertiary Thursdays : apply SGU

So I prepped the following post for today :
"Waiting.
Waiting.
Waiting.
Isn't that the worst part?
Oh yes it is...
Will I get an interview or not?
That is the question!"

However the strangest thing occurred, on the same day that I finished sending in my materials, I was contacted and informed that I was selected to be interviewed. Therefore nullifying the above post!
So, stay tuned for an interview prep post. Till then I hope all is well in all your parts of the world!
Ever had a decision surprise you?
-Sadie <3

Tertiary Thursdays: Grenadian Dreams

If you found a really nice house, would you buy it even if it wasnt in your favourite street? How about if it wasnt in your preferred neighborhood?
Well that's my dilemma.
Grenada isn't necessary my preferred country.
Now before all my potential Grenadian readers leave, wait! Hear me out!
I'm not anti-Grenada. I'm sure it has many features that are unique and enticing. However, it is still in the Caribbean. And that is simply not where I see myself. However! This is not a venting post, so all negative opinions aside, let us explore St.George's University in Grenada (SGU). (After all, I did say that I found a really nice house).

Sourced from SGU's website.
My top ten reasons for applying to SGU.
1. I don't have to do a full stint with pre-med because I have completed the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). (Here are some equivalents for any confused readers,  British = A-levels,American = International Baccalaureate and Canada = college). This is wonderful, as I do one year and then I'm off to study what I love!
2. I can go to the UK, USA or Canada after. Yup! It's true. Instead of applying to one country now, I have time to pick between three of the major medical destinations of the world. See here.
3. Selectives! Did you know that you can spend a summer in Thailand? Prague? Kenya?
Indeed you can! And trust me, I intend to! 
4. It's in the Caribbean. While the sun, sand and sea may appeal to some, as a Caribbean national myself, that's not the appeal. The appeal is that I can return home much easier than if I went further away, I can also get lots of my stuff shipped in, and I'm used to the climate and the basic undertones of the culture already.
5. It's an American school. This means that even though it's located in the Caribbean, the curriculum and a large percentage of the students are from the United States of American. In fact, it's approximately 70%. Personally, this provides me with the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds, almost like going to an international school at home.
Sourced from www.grenadaexplorer.com
6. I'm not necessarily a beach person, but have you seen the beach there? No really...have you? I haven't even applied yet and I've already been day dreaming about bikinis...ahh...it's gorgeous
7. It's not home. I have NOTHING against my own country. I just want to live on my own, make my own rules, stay out and up all night! Cook, clean, wash, everything! I want that taste of independence that I know I won't be able to have if I go to medical school in Trinidad and Tobago. (Did I mention I can literally walk to the medical school here from my house? Much too close to home.)
8. It is accredited. This isn't the first thing that pops up in my head, but it sure is one of the most important. My degree needs to be recognized!
9. Grade Forgiveness. My mental health has not always been the best and it is subject to dips and fluctuations. I appreciate the fact that the university understands these struggles and that there are already measures in place to deal with this. I also like that forgiveness = forgetting. The old grade disappears.
10. Medicine. It doesn't matter where I go ultimately, medicine is my dream, my passion, my everything, and the opportunity to study it anywhere, even inside my own bedroom, is a dream come true.

I am soo excited to apply to SGU, and I can't wait to bring you along on this application journey with me. Where are you excited to be going? Any goals for the upcoming years?
-Sadie <3

Tertiary Thursdays : Medicine is who I am

By nature, I've always loved writing. I love the accurate use of vocabulary, the joy of discovering a brand new word and finding sentences that are perfectly crafted without flaws. So it was with great anticipation that I sat down to read a new personal blog that I had found. This blog promised an honest picture into life at St.George's University, Grenada through the expert use of language. And this decision to read stirred up some trouble.
Deciding whether to attend a school in the Caribbean had primarily been a money and exploration issue. The cost of attending a school elsewhere would be enormous as there'd be no way to simply fall back on the governments very kind offer to subsidize my tuition. In other words, without a significant loan, a new mortgage or the selling of my childhood home, I was definitely going to attend St.George's University in Grenada (SGU). This was not necessarily a terrible thing (see post about finding a good home!) but it was met with great trepidation as I knew nothing but the rumors that surrounded being educated there. 
Enter 'John*', the author of the above blog who tells his own personal tale of transferring out of SGU as opposed to attempting to match during his third year there. I poured through the pages until I found the post where he detailed the truth about trying to match into a program in the US. In all honesty, I did not and still do not completely understand the match process. I had intended to further explore it during my time at SGU so that I could better understand my options. However I came to the conclusion that I no longer have the luxury of dealing with this issue later.
I am an aspiring neonatal surgeon. I love babies and my greatest desire is to operate not heir tiny parts in order to help save their lives. But I as I read through the posts I began to feel very inept about my quest to achieve this goal. I honestly seemed to be going around in circles. At one point, I became so disenchanted that I contemplated quitting this profession altogether. But I simply couldn't. I was born to be a doctor. I wanted to do medicine more than I want to live.
So instead of succumbing to my disillusionment I examined the truth of the statement, "to each his own". For 'John*', the path of transfer seemed an apt road for him to follow. He wanted to study in the US and saw an opportunity to achieve this goal. This did not make his decision a positive or negative one, but a personal one. I began to realize that I was allowing others to affect my own views about an institution that I had never even visited. 
The real question then becomes, how does a confused girl forge a path through the same school that others seem to attend out of desperation? Maybe growing up in the Caribbean paints a different image of a fellow island? Maybe international medical graduates are afraid of the hard work that studying somewhere else brings? Or maybe I haven't found someone yet who has learnt that there are two sides to every coin, even a Grenadian one? But there is one thing that I know for sure. I will persevere. Medicine is already who I am.

*John -the name was changed for the purpose of annonymity. 
-Sadie <3

Tertiary Thursdays : The Beginning

So the journey to university begins now. As a gap year student there are many options available to me, in addition to the very necessary application process for next year (I don't want to be on a permanent gap year). 
The university process has become increasingly simplified. I know what I'd like to study : Medicine. I'm an aspiring neonatal surgeon :). I also officially have two main location options at this time :1. Grenada and 2. Ireland. Ireland is my primary choice, because I'd ideally like to be trained in an international environment. I have nothing against my local institution. However I do feel the need to explore the world and have the opportunity to study alongside snow! 
Grenada has become my secondary option because I will have immediate government funded tuition and I will also be able to study in the UK or the USA during the clinical years. This will solve my problem of having to locate at least a partial scholarship for study and I will eventually satisfy my odd desire to study with snow.
I'm extremely excited to explore this process and I can't wait to tell y'all all about it!


(Grenadian Campus, taken from St. George's University Website)

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