Another year has come and passed by quickly! In comparison to the previous year, 2013 was a great year with a lot of achievements and self discovery. So many big events occurred within this year:
-The beginning of January was difficult dealing with managerial problems at work and family issues while starting to study for the MCAT again. I was truly looking forward to be able to focus in an environment that was quieter than being back at home.
- After nearly 10 years, I went back to live in Ohio with my aunt for about 2 months to study for the MCAT. It was a nice experience because it was an opportunity to reconnect with family members and friends. Waking up to 6 inches of snow after being 2000 miles away from home and studying for 9 hours straight may not have been the funnest experience but I enjoyed being able to spend time with my aunt, who is someone I’ve looked up to ever since I was younger. For someone who has more become more of a city girl, you’d figure that nothing can compare to being back in the Bay Area. However, I was surprised. For instance, I was able to find a LOT more clothes in my size at such good deals (maybe because there aren’t as many small Asian girls in ohio..). I discovered a bolivian chicken restaurant near my aunt’s house that served THE best rotisserie chicken I have ever had. People in the midwest are so friendly and open to invite you to become apart of their lives: I met my aunt’s friend, who has now become my adopted grannie. When my aunt left for Hong Kong during the last 2 weeks of studying for my MCAT, she was nice enough to take me out for lunch and drop off food. Right before I left back for SF, I met an internal medicine doctor who offered me shadow him within a days notice.
I’d would love to go back again at some point.
-I am glad to have had the opportunity to travel around in the states a lot this year:Dayton, Columbus, Philadelphia, Princeton, Palm Dessert, Chicago, ABQ, LA, Vegas, and Atlanta.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting up old friends and trying local foods at these locations.I truly enjoy traveling around but have encountered a few mishaps along the way, such as losing my luggage in Vegas. Having to scramble around for clothes and makeup after losing nearly a third of your personal stuff was not fun but it taught me to roll with the punches and try to make the best out of unpleasant situations. I’ve also learned to place identifiable tags on your luggage and NOT to check it in unless it’s absolutely necessary.
For 2014, I hope to travel out of the country during the summer.
-After returning back to home, it was exciting to work alongside my old coworkers in the opening of the new chiro office. In the years before, I felt conflicted pursuing a career in alternative medicine because it requires the ability to start up your own practice and being marketable. Working with Gustin was a great experience to understand how it could be done and provided me the assurance that I could always ask them for help in the future.
-During the summer, I applied for medical schools. The process was long and at times, made me question whether I truly wanted to commit, but you will never know until you try right?
-I’ve had the opportunity to do research at SFGH. The experiences that I’ve encountered at the trauma center is something I will never forget. I also had the opportunity to participate in the development of an acupuncture research program at SFGH, which is something I am TRULY passionate for. The research program includes a mix of program managers, acupuncturists and physicians, including my father’s oncologist. The program is still in the works but I look forward to seeing how it will develop in the new year.
-I am truly excited to be the maid of honor for my best friend of 14 years. Jenn was the first person I became friends with when I first moved here to SF and I am so honored to play a huge part of her wedding planning.
-After nearly 2 years of being on hiatus, I returned back to paddling!!! WOO! I’ve truly missed being out on the water and being back with some old teammates was quite memorable. DW will never replace the experience of being back on Cal but it sure is nice to be paddling again, esp with cal alumni. :)
-This year, I started to write more reviews and talk about restaurants and food I felt passionate about. My old-coworkers have been insistent for me to create a food website called ‘wooforfood.com’ but I figure having some practice in writing on Yelp would help. As a result, I became a yelp elite. WOOT!
-After nearly 2 years, I’ve finally switched jobs from working at the chiropractic office to being at Genentech. The transition was bittersweet. I’ve developed a lot of close relationships with my old co-workers but felt it was necessary to have a new experience with higher pay. Asides from now working at 6 in the morning, I enjoy my new job. It’s a bit risky seeing that it’s a contract position but I’ve gained a lot of experience working at such a large biotech company and meeting new friends.
-Last but not least, I’ve found a place to move out of home. It’s exciting but a bit daunting. In comparison to last year, I’ve become more appreciative of living at home and spending time with my family. Whether its because I’ve become complacent or matured, moving out now isn’t as straight forward as it was before. Just like leaving my old job, this would be a bittersweet experience as well.
Bring it on 2014! Lets see what you’re made of!