European Med Life

It’s Labor Day for all my American friends and family, and usually I join in enjoying the day off with copious amounts of food, sleep, and HGTV. But today’s the first time I’ve actually put “laboring” into Labor Day, because it was the first day of classes over here at the University of Pécs Faculty of Medicine.

Yes, that’s right – I’ve officially began my journey as a European med student!

I know, I’ve been MIA from writing these past two weeks as I’ve gotten settled in (shout out to those whom I promised pictures and updates…they will come gradually). But bear with me; I’m a med student now (eek! I get to say that!).

Recently – as in, about two weeks ago – my Dad and I took all my packed bags (which was only 2 suitcases, surprisingly) and headed off on the long journey from Dallas to Pécs (rhymes with “h”), in beautiful southwestern Hungary. Med school is already a crazy ordeal; but to embark on that life change in a new country? Where I don’t speak the official language? Does that sound crazy? Yes? Well, sign me up! I’ve loved travelling since…forever. I’ve also loved medicine (and music and writing, but that’s a different story for another time) for practically my whole life, so in thinking of med schools, I wanted to go to an international school that would seamlessly blend these two passions of mine. And wow, the UP delivered. In my class group (about 15-20 of us), there are students from Jordan, Iran, Israel, Spain, Germany, Norway, Cyprus, Nepal, India, Canada, Argentina, and Nigeria. It’s the norm for students here to be multilingual; if you want motivation to learn a new language, just come here and make some friends. On my first Monday at the school, I met a 3rd year student who spoke nine languages. NINE. And he wasn’t kidding, because he broke out speaking those languages with various other students and patrons who passed by. I was, and am, in heaven just listening to the massive accomplishments of the other students in my med school class. Continue reading

Paris!…in 3 months

I’m going to study abroad in Paris for the fall of 2011, but if you’re reading this, you probably already know that! … I don’t leave until August 24th, but I’ll be spending a lot of time thinking about the trip and prepping for it this summer, soooo, these are my thoughts! I’ll have a few posts before leaving in August, mainly about the interesting things I find in relation to Paris.

I work at the Center for the Study of Languages Computer Lab at Rice, and our office manager suggested this great site called Paris 26 Gigapixels. It’s basically one very large image made up of about 2300 smaller pictures, and it gives you a great view of Paris. You can even see street names when you zoom in! I thought it was pretty cool. But for those of you who know me, looking at a picture map won’t prevent me from getting lost while I’m there, so I’m just settling on looking at the prettiness of the city on the site and getting to know the monuments.  Continue reading