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The Fit Student—Medicine Won’t Clean the Trash

Medicine alone won’t clean the trash. I went on an anti-depressant.  Right away, my brain felt frozen.  Have you ever felt dental freeze in your mouth?  If so, imagine that same dental freeze in your brain.  After two days, I stopped taking the drug, but the brain freeze stayed.  Over the next month, I could… Read more »

Women of Interest—Alexandra David-Neel

Alexandra David-Neel was an explorer and author who studied Buddhism and other Eastern religions extensively and brought their teachings back to the Western world.  In 1924 she was the first Western woman to visit Lhasa.  Lhasa is the center of Tibetan Buddhism.  One of the highest cities in the world, it has been the religious… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Passion Never Dies

Do you have the passion to make it big in film?  Well, you can with just a cellphone and a video editor.  In the past, you needed hoards of funding and state of the art equipment.  Not anymore.  Author Danial O’Brien claims, “Virtually anybody can make a movie today.  In 2015, ‘Tangerine’ was premiered at… Read more »

Course Exam—HSRV/WGST 421

HSRV 421/WGST 421 (Advocacy from the Margins) is a three-credit course that introduces students to the meaning, history, tools, group processes, and strategies associated with advocacy for women and other marginalized groups who face injustice around the world.  This course stresses the importance of advocacy group processes as well as advocacy strategies and tools.  It… Read more »

Dear Barb—Toxicology

Dear Barb: I have a friend of many years, but I don’t know if I have changed or if she has changed, because lately I find her very annoying.  Sometimes she is unsupportive and judgmental of everything I do.  If I have a great achievement or reach a goal I’ve set myself, she is uninterested… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants

“Money & Debt” is a touchy subject for a lot of people.  Some people just feel uncomfortable talking about money to strangers; others are confused about how money and finances work, and others just like to keep things private.  Hide their money under the mattress, if you will.  But it’s a topic I absolutely love… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—New Year’s Resolutions? No Body Needs ‘em!

Shadows lurk like clouds across the moon as we recollect the recent memories of New Year’s festivities.  Sooner or later, amidst the frolicking and laughter, the ominous questions arose, “Have you made any resolutions?”  It was as though Champagne or Canada Dry bubbles froze in mid-ascent as gaiety met psycho-social inquisition. Queries regarding New Years’… Read more »

The Fit Student—Disease is Profitable

Two nights ago, I had a dream that I worked as a med student in a hospital.  In that dream, I walked with my supervisor outdoors across a sprawl of hospital towers.  I asked my supervisor what three unusually large towers housed.  She said they housed the people with chronic diseases.  The patients, she said,… Read more »

My Best Four Life Advice Stories from Teachers

With 2018 drawing to a close, I took some time to reflect on my own education and career path—from starting my Bachelor of Science to a specialized clinical specialization. For many AU students, their journeys may be far from traditional. Some may be upgrading their credentials, others may be aiming to learn to keep their… Read more »