A Colorado Winter

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Perfect timing is how I would describe my return back to Colorado. Although it was a cold adjustment, I welcomed the downpour of snow that the mountains regularly received, enabling me to get the most out of my first season pass in five years. By the 2014 season’s end, I had made it up to the mountains thirty times, a new personal record. In the process of shaking off the rust, it was fun getting back to what I know best, and no … Read More

Health Care in Haiti

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On New Year’s Eve, I boarded a plane to Port au Prince, Haiti. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I was participating in a three-week study with the University of Colorado, traveling with a group of individuals who I had never met. Our research would be focused on the implementation and sustainability of a number of proposed health care models, as well as other components to improve the social well-being in this struggling nation. Despite being … Read More

The Channel Islands

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It was Memorial Day, 2014. That evening, I left my sister’s beachside college house and boarded a train headed north from San Diego to Ventura. Upon arrival, I managed to catch a ride to the harbor where I found myself an empty bunk beneath the ship’s deck. My sleeping area was slightly larger than a coffin, leaving me exactly no room to lean forward or move from side to side. Nevertheless, it was a free night’s stay, and something I appreciated. The … Read More

Backpacking Southeast Asia

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In six weeks, Allain and I visited twenty cities in five countries, three of the Seven Wonders of the World, and experienced a culture far removed from the American way of life that we had grown accustomed to. We began our journey in Bangkok, Thailand, which was nothing short of out of control and in your face. We then headed north to the jungles of Chiang Mai, across the mountainside on the backs of elephants, down the Mekong River, and … Read More

The End of an Era

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Departing ways with the University of San Diego was a depressing experience to say the least. On the flip-side, I suppose there is more to life than beer pong and Mission Beach. I graduated in three and a half years as the first Biophysics major in school history, and subsequently spent my eighth and final semester in San Diego, taking no classes, enjoying my last months in Southern California. I was also preparing to the take MCAT, again. Despite the … Read More

Mending Faces, Philippines

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In the spring of 2013, I joined a group of medical and business professionals to participate in a two-week medical mission that provides free reparative cleft lip and palate surgeries to impoverished children in the Philippines. As a prospective medical student, my responsibilities ranged from screening patients, assisting in the post-operation recovery room, and managing the ward.  Although volunteers often worked long days, upwards of twelve-hour shifts, the impact of every procedure was truly life changing. By the end of our … Read More

The Colorado Hiker

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It was the summer of 2011. I was taking Calculus III and Intro to Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, just blocks away some of the most iconic views in the United States. Although I was balancing school and work, I took advantage of my days off, spending the overwhelming majority of them exploring Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. That summer, I was also hired at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in the Transport Department – physically moving patients from place to … Read More

Florentine Wine & Roman Ruins

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For two weeks, I spent my winter break studying art history in arguably the best location in the entire world, Florence, Italy. Overwhelmed by the Gothic-Renaissance architecture and picturesque vineyards, instantly, it became clear why Florence is regarded as the icon of Italian culture. From the remains of Galileo’s bony hand to the world’s largest brick dome ever created, any void space in this town was filled by large statues and awe-inspiring artwork, including originals from Michelangelo and Da Vinci. … Read More

A Mayan Adventure in Mexico

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I had just finished my freshman year of college. It was the longest time I had ever spent away from home. To build upon this, one week later, I left for Guadalajara, Mexico. There, I would spend two months living with a Spanish-speaking host family. Upon arrival, I absolutely no idea what to expect. Would the violence be as prevalent as the media portrays? What about the poverty? As I pulled up to my host-mother’s gated home, surrounded in barbed-wire, … Read More