Meet our Student Bloggers 2012

About Abby:

Hi! I’m Abby and I’m setting sail into this first year of med school at Loma Linda. I just finished churning out four stellar years of biology undergrad at Point Loma Nazarene in Ron Burgandy’s favorite city, and am going to be missing the waves, sand, and jazz flute like crazy. But rumor has it that there won’t be much time for wallowing, and I’m thrilled to kick off the learning this fall. In the words of Bob Goff, “Whimsy doesn’t care if you are the driver or the passenger; all that matters is that you are on your way.” And I think this journey plays by the same rules. All that matters is that I’m/you’re/we’re in the car and on the way. Here’s to hitting the lights green!
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About Giovanna:

I’m Giovanna, and I’m a first year medical student! I cannot believe this new beginning is finally here. My journey has consisted of being born in Brazil, coming to America as a wee pup, and moving all over the place! You name it, I’ve lived in it. Exaggerations aside, nature and nurture have shaped me into a passionate and outgoing nerd who balances her need for adventure with a need to sit in the library for hours at a time! I received a BS in Nursing over at York College of Pennsylvania, was able to work as a registered nurse for six months, and am ready to delve deeper into the sciences. I’m looking forward to participating in this blog, for it will be a great tool to focus on growth from self-reflection and my ultimate goal of service.
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About Janna:

Hi! I am an incoming med student with mixed feelings for the year ahead. I’ve heard pretty much all the stories: inspiring, encouraging, horror, etc. But now, it’s my turn to live and tell my story, and to help others do the same. Broadening my horizons at Pacific Union College with a Public Relations/Journalism major, I am excited to get back into the sciences. “I want to be a doctor,” has been my goal since I could form complete sentences. And, believing in the school’s mission—“to further the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ ‘to make man whole,’” following in the footsteps of my relatives, and playing Pomp and Circumstance on the flute for five LLUSM graduating classes, I dreamed of studying only at one medical school: Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
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About Mike:

Do you ever wake up and feel like a walking stereotype? Try this: I’m a lanky, asian, glasses-shod former biology major and medical student. Oh, yeah, and my name is Michael Lee. I studied really hard for my SATs, and … hey, where are you going??

There are good reasons for you to stick around and read my entries, I promise. For one, I can’t imagine my life without my saxophone, listening to jazz, going to concerts, discovering new places, reading good books, and the company of good friends; throughout the year, you’ll be able to see how successful I am at keeping med school from swallowing my hobbies whole. Also, I’m fairly tactless, so you know I’m going to tell you how ridiculous and silly medical school actually is.

But the best reason to follow my entries is because I have absolutely no idea how I’m going to make it through this harrowing maelstrom of block exams, not weekends, blistering desert heat, and lonely mornings when I’m weeping in the fetal position in my bathroom before classes. Also, group discussions. Especially group discussions. When I start figuring it out, bit by bit, I’ll let you know – hopefully, you can use my insights to your advantage, preferably with the minimum amount of mocking laughter and derisive finger-pointing. Hope to see you around!
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About Paige:

Hello! I’m Paige and I’m a first year medical student (it’s going to take me a while to get used to saying that). I am a born and raised “Loma Lindian” and I graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Biology. I love spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball and softball, eating anything and everything (especially boba), watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and learning (yes, I’m a self-proclaimed nerd). I also enjoy teaching and helping people understand the things that I’m most passionate about. I’m not sure what specialty I’m interested in, but I know it will have something to do with children and I hope to become involved in academic medicine and teaching in a university setting. I firmly believe that we are all capable of accomplishing extraordinary things if we utilize the talents that God has blessed us with and I hope that I will be able to live a life that, above all else, points others toward Christ.
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About Tedean:

I was named Tedean.  Most people comment that I have a very unusual name, and they are right.  My father, Ted, made it up (I was his third and last daughter).  Born in Florida on November 1, within the first year of my life, my native Jamaican family had moved from Florida, to the Cayman Islands, and then to Michigan.  During the next 18 years, I grew to love God, reading, movies, tennis, traveling, camping, hiking, and a lot more.  Moving to Alabama to be a pre-med major at Oakwood University was natural since my sisters were both attending.  Thanks to God and the support of my mentors, family members, and friends, I was accepted to LLU SM for the incoming class of 2016!
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About Ariana:

I’m a second year med student at Loma Linda University. I love the beach, snowboarding, traveling, chasing food trucks, and playing cello, just to name a few. My philosophy is that if you want something badly enough, you can and will get it (possibly with a few bumps and bruises along the way).
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About Marly:

Hi! I’m Marly and I’m a second year student at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. I was born and raised in New Jersey, and received my Bachelor’s from Seton Hall University. I love online shopping, possibly more than my love for all things Hello Kitty. I am also an avid basketball fan (go Celtics!). I’m not sure which specialty I want to go into, but I’m pretty sure that whatever I end up doing will most likely involve children.
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About Zach:

Hey! I’m Zach and am in my second year of medical school. I spent the year before last in Kenya volunteering and the previous four at Walla Walla University in Washington, studying biology. While there, I was lucky enough to research for two summers at Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory, where I learned that the glaucous-winged gull is the most elegant of all living organisms. I’m from Montana, enjoy the outdoors, and hope to make my life story as interesting as possible.
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About Ryan:

How would others describe me? Random, quirky, hyperactive, feeling, open, always daydreaming, and generally holding on to every last ounce of childhood I can… I’ve often been compared to the character JD from the TV show Scrubs! I’m a born and raised Ohioan and proud of it. I love cheering for my Cincinnati sports teams, even though it seems we only make the playoffs once every 30 years. I’m about to marry my classy and gorgeous best friend Brianna, and she and I are excited to journey through life together! My hobbies/interests are wide and varied, including things like water sports, brunch, anything with a good story, swing dancing, photograph and videography, playing racquetball, baseball, or beach volleyball, laser tag, almost every nerdy tv show with “star” somewhere in the title, jazz music, and lots of other things. Recently I’ve been trying to keep up with my fiance’s adventure hobbies, so I’m now alpine skiing and scuba diving, and loving every minute of it! But most of all, I love people and I hope someday I’ll meet you too! 🙂
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About Angie:

Hey readers! I’m a 3rd year medical student with a penchant for visually-stimulating blogs, honey + you-name-it, and avocados. I grew up in Orange County, went to college in Baltimore, then came back once I realized that the West Coast was the BEST coast. I believe that “an ounce of public health is worth a pound of health care” and that education should never be compromised. If I’m not in the hospital, you’ll probably find me at Starbucks.
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About Barry:

Among many other things, I grow tomatoes, run barefoot, play the violin, kiss my wife at every opportunity, read philosophy for fun, wear bow ties, dream about sailing, and attend medical school. If I hadn’t chosen medicine, I might have pursued an academic career in philosophy or theology. After doing 8 months of forest ecology research on a Fulbright in Central Asia, I almost decided to get a degree in forestry. Before coming to medical school, I applied for a Rhodes scholarship to study international relations at Oxford. You get the point: my curiosity is out of control. Thankfully, medical school is a great place to learn a broad range of subjects. Stop by my blog any time to find out what I’m learning as I travel through my junior year.
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About Leanna:

Hola – it’s Leanna, your friendly neighborhood third year medical student. Med school thus far has been both challenging and amazing, brutal and yet totally worth it; I am excited to share some of my experiences on this blog. A snippet of my life: I have an incredibly supportive mom and pops, two cool but often quite odd siblings, an amazing and encouraging boyfriend, exceptionally loyal friends, and a very, very, very gracious God who is ultimately responsible for getting me through the day. I love hiking, bunnies, good salads, the beach, dinosaurs, pretending to be a Jedi, the state of California, painting, and colorful clothes.
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About Rhonaldo:

Selamat! This is Rhonaldo, your friendly junior med student at LLU. I’m originally from Indonesia, and grew up in Southern California. Went to UCLA studying the fun major of microbiology and doing research. I love to travel, experiencing new surroundings, cultures, foods, meeting new people, etc. Snowboarding, tennis, hiking, beachgoing, dessert-hopping. Ahhah, the things I love and the things I don’t do as much to do well in med school. But I always wanted to become a doctor, and work in the mission field. No surprise, I ended up studying medicine at Loma Linda. My philosophy is simple. Work hard, but not too hard; love life and be kind.
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About Stephanie:

I am currently a third year medical student at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. I earned a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity International University with a double major in biology/pre-med and chemistry/pre-med and then did a master of arts degree at the same school in bioethics. I grew up in a small town in northwestern Illinois (Morrison) and have relocated to Southern California with my husband for the four years of medical school. Some of the hobbies that I enjoy the most are spending time with my husband and our pets (a dog, Addison, and a cat, Blaze), dancing, running, and cooking.
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About Ryan:

Medical school just isn’t long enough. Wait, who says that? Apparently I do. Here I am, delaying residency by one more year. Why would I do such a thing? Because to me, it isn’t enough to know how to do something right––I must know what the right thing is. This irrepressible thirst for a foundation led me to pursue a Masters in Bioethics from Loma Linda’s Center for Christian Bioethics. This injects a year of graduate classes between my third and fourth year of medical school. I’m happy for this brief reprieve from all-consuming medical study so I can pursue my other loves: wilderness, cooking, politics, and friendships. Maybe I’ll even break out my old structural engineering text books, too.

If it’s an outdoor activity, odds are pretty good that I enjoy it. If I haven’t done it yet, it’s probably something I want to do. Rock climbing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, backpacking, skiing, and scuba diving are all my favorite ways to experience nature, and the associated equipment is overflowing my storage unit. The most recent pursuit of mine is completing my second barefoot marathon, in which I hope to qualify for the Boston. Go big or go home, right?

I love being kind to all people, but mostly I relish the development of relationships with a few very close friends––most of all my wife. I’m usually a private person, but I’m honored to share with you my perspective on this grand medical school adventure as I live it through for the next, last two years.
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About Michael:

I’m entering my third year of graduate school as part of the MD/PhD combined degree program at LLU. I’m doing neuroscience research with Dr. Salvador Soriano, investigating cholesterol dysregulation in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. A proud geek, I’m a music lover and avid technophile. At home, I’m surrounded by a number of computers as well as my long-suffering wife of four years.
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About Brandon:

Hey Everyone! My name is Brandon and I am a first year PhD student here at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. I recently graduated from Oakwood University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Chemistry.

I am an only child (No, I am not spoiled. And Yes, I do know how to share) and was born and raised in one of the most amazing and beautiful states in the country, the original Sunshine state, known as Florida. In Florida, I hail from the city of Melbourne, which is about an hour from Orlando and is really close to Cape Canaveral and NASA. In fact I am used to standing outside, looking up in the sky, and seeing space shuttles takeoff and land! Although I call Florida home, I am quickly learning to love California!

Pursuing a career in biomedical research and discovering new information that no one else in the world knows about, is something that I am quite passionate about. One of my dreams since childhood is to discover cures and better treatments that will enhance the quality of life for people around the world.

I know that the road ahead is going to be arduous at times, but with God’s help I will make it, and I will endure. So, I hope you have enjoyed what you have read so far, and that you will continue to read and join me on this incredible journey! I promise, you won’t be disappointed! ;D
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