Thursday, 22 October 2015

How I Got a Full Scholarship to Medical School

Hi there! Ni hao! (Trying out my Chinese hehe)
To any Caribbean people reading, I'm going to explain how I ended up in Taiwan, in med school, and not paying a cent.

So let's rewind back to 2013 when my cousin, who actually received the scholarship and went to Taipei (Taiwan) told me all about it. Of course I was ecstatic to know that there is an option for me to finally fulfill my dream of becoming a medical doctor.

Fast forward to 2015 and it's my year of graduation from Undergrad! (Man, time flies huh?) I had finished my degree in December of 2014, so I was waiting on graduation in May of 2015. This provided the perfect time for me to apply for this scholarship as I was back in my home island (St. Lucia) and I could have dome all the running around myself. The scholarship was offered by the Government of Taiwan, and is called the ICDF (International Cooperation and Development Fund) Scholarship. The deadline of submission /admission for 2015 candidates was the ending of February into beginning of march.

ICDF Scholarship info here.

With my HORRIBLE memory, here are the things I remember doing at this time:

•Fill out the scholarship application and write an essay saying why I need the scholarship and how it will benefit my country

•Fill out an online application to the actual University

•Submit 2 or three passport photos along with the scholarship application

• Do a chest x-ray and get some blood tests done

•Wait for a response

(N.B for those applying, just go ahead and get about 20 passport photos done to save yourself the hassle.. you'll need a lot of those)

Fast forward some more, in the month of June/July and I got a confirmation email from the University saying that I got accepted to study my post graduate in medicine! You guys, I was feeling all the feels within a space of one minute! Excited, nervous, scared, happy, sad, everything! Within this same week, I got confirmation from my Taiwanese embassy (who represent ICDF) that I had been successful with acquiring FULL SCHOLARSHIP to study at my selected school. Of course, I had everyone's whatsapp blowing up because I was telling them the good news. Well mainly family, as I still had a lot of paper work still left to be done.

The next step from that point was applying for my United States Visa, as we would have been transiting through New York, then to Taiwan. Since I had been in Trinidad at this time, (I stayed there after graduation in May). Since Trinidad has a U.S embassy, I went ahead and applied, getting through within 2 weeks with a Transit visa.

The sad time came for me to leave Trinidad (and my boyfriend) to go back home and handle some more things for the scholarship.

First thing I did when I got back home was to go pick up the medical form from my Taiwanese embassy and get it filled by a doctor. I already had chest x-ray results from before so I had to do over some blood tests and get a physical done. In addition, I had to fill out some application forms for the Taiwanese visa, which, like the U.S visa was going to be stamped on my passport. Of course I had to submit one or two passport photos with each document.

If I can remember correctly, that was all I had to do. And at this point I was going up and down to town, doctor, embassy, health center, lol everywhere. Oh and yes, I did pay for all the tests and stuff.

Fast Forward even more to the end of August and I was packed and ready to go! Among all St. Lucians going to my school, there were 5 of us.
Time to leave! this is my family.. Surprisingly, I didn't cry... thought I would lol

The 5 St. Lucians (in this particular school) There are more St. Lucians in other schools

Oh, I should mention, not all Caribbean Islands are eligible for these scholarships, so please check with your government or their website. There is also the MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Scholarship.

Thanks for reading! Catch you later! ♥

Sunday, 4 October 2015

I'm Back! Graduating College and Getting into Med School!

Hey, anyone still reading :\

I haven't posted in AGES oh my goodness! So much has happened since February (shame face)!!
Well First off, I finally GRADUATED FROM UNIVERSITY!!! This was one of the most proudest times of my life y'all! I am one of few in my family, and the first in my household to graduate uni, and I couldn't be happier to not only represent myself in my accomplishments, but my lovely family as well. It was a pity my little sister couldn't have made it to Grad.

Family and Boyfriend :)

Big Sis aka BAE ♥

All Grad Photo Creds: My brother in law Carson Smith

And in other awesome news, I AM NOW IN MEDICAL SCHOOL as we speak! I still find it hard to believe sometimes, but yes, I am a medical student :D eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

And you wouldn't even begin to guess where I am.......... Taiwan! Yessir! I applied for a scholarship and got through. It's 100% paid for! I feel so blessed :').

From St. Lucia, it took approx 23 flying hours to get here. The time zone is 12 hours ahead so that was some getting used to lol. I feel like I'm typing all over the place but I guess I will explain in more detail next post. I do hope I'll continue blogging and not take SUCH LONG BREAKS in between.

Plane to Taipei

Orientation for International Students

Anywho, thanks for reading, whoever you are :) 

Future Dr. Henry xxx

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Beautiful St. Lucia!!!

Hi beautiful people! Amongst the "worries" of applying for jobs here and there, I had the opportunity to visit the beach twice so far (although it SHOULD be more). The first time I went, it was with my cousin from Trinidad who came to visit for about a week and the second was this past Sunday, with another cousin to celebrate his 22nd birthday! Both occasions were to the Pigeon Island National Park in St. Lucia.

Sister and I (with the fro's). Cousin in striped bikini

I think it's official that the beach is one of my favorite places on earth. Need to travel more to find more! :D

Birthday boy!

Look's like a postcard right?

After an awesome lunch, we climbed the fort. You can read about some of it's history here.

Looking through the fort's windows

Hope this inspires you to discover your own island, country, city, or whatever it may be! And also, maybe visit St. Lucia while you're at it hehehe ;)

Have an awesome day/week/month, etc!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Completing University?!?

Why hello there beautiful person!

You may (or may not) have realized that I've been MIA for a minute. Well I can safely blame it on school, as I had tests and exams to study for, and independent papers to write. However, all of this was completed mid- December, so after that, I really have no excuse :\

In other, HAPPIER news, I've completed Uni!!!!!!!!!! I don't really want to gloat just yet, as I still have 2 outstanding grades.... so let's just whisper shall we? *yaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy*

That being said, I am now officially unemployed.. so yeah, there's that. I've been applying to places here and there, and gonna apply to a lab at a hospital (I majored in Biology) so hopefully that turns out well? Pray for me folks.

Another update: I've bleached the ends of my hair! I've been talking about it for months, and finally did it! Along with my sister who did highlights in hers. The color isn't really that visible on camera though...

Oh and I turned 22 on Jan 15th!!!!!!!! *Insert Taylor Swift song here*

To make up for my lack of posts, here are a few photos I've taken recently (excuse the non HD quality):

Peep the sea in the background though! At my aunt's place

Sisters!!!!!!!!!! ♥

My love :) baby cousin

At home hair bleaching - baking soda and hydrogen peroxide lol

The results! Not too bleached

Twistout - peep the bleached color

Sister's highlighted hair!

Red velvet cake for my 22nd! Also a surprise b-day party!

Anywho I'm just playing catch - up for now, so until next post! Kisses!

Friday, 7 November 2014

Be Proud of Others

HHHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII peeps! I have awoken from the rock I was sleeping under lol!

How is everyone doing? I think I've been pretty o.k of lates: I'm in good health, my family and friends are fine, my relationship is good, and school well, remains school :/

I've been thinking for the past few days, how seldom we express how proud we are of the people we know, and are so easy to overlook their accomplishments, no matter how small. Sometimes, all someone needs to get them through a day, is some encouragement and recognition to boost them up!

I'm saying this because throughout my life I have gotten constant reassurance from my parents, aunts,  uncles, and other family members and friends of how proud they are of me, and my efforts (mainly school related), and I know that without the positive surroundings that I was raised in, that I wouldn't have been working as hard as I do right now. Even with living a more active lifestyle, I'm encouraged and inspired by my boyfriend, who leads by example, following his fitness goals.

Because I know how this (positivity) has impacted my life, I've begun to adopt that role, to remember to tell those I love, that I'm proud of them, even in the smallest of efforts and accomplishments, because who knows, you might be just the thing that keeps them going!

An encouraging word is a gift that keeps on giving. So, after you've read this post, think of at least one person you know that you think needs a push in the right direction, or just a nudge to keep going on, go tell them how proud you are of them, and they they're doing a fantastic job!

See ya next post ☺ ♥

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Updates and Randoms!!

Hey everyone! I've been meaning to update for weeks now, but every time I'd think about typing something that doesn't result in a grade, some bonus marks, or some some sort of benefit to my GPA, I've simply just said a mental "nah" to (lol).

So on to mini updates: I'm still following the training program on !! I'm actually sticking to it guys! This week began week 4!! I've missed a couple of days training, but I did't let that discourage me from just picking up right where I left off. Some of my recent improvements have been:

• Leg pressing three 45lb plates a side
• Deadlifting 35 lbs a side
• Shoulder pressing 10 lb dumbbells
• Spinning comfortably at level 6 on the spin bike (I think the highest level is 12)

There are others but that's just to mention a few! Oh and I try to eat clean, too!

After a gym session!!

Hair Updates

I think I can say that my hair has reached Mid Back Length (MBL for those who know the natural hair lingo)! I haven't been treating my hair the best these past couple of weeks, as a bun has been my staple hairstyle, and I've run out of eco styler gel :'( now I'm just strugglin' man!! I'm currently in need of a wash and I AM SIMPLY TOO LAZY FOR THAT RIGHT NOW. Don't judge me, you know how it is sometimes :/

Mid Back Length YO!

School and Work Updates

School has been, well, school. What's there really to say? LOL. Nothing really exciting in that department, to be honest. Oh, BIOCHEMISTRY is partly from the devil I believe. It's not a horrible subject but it's not a good one either, ya feel me? Maybe my fellow non - mathematicians will get this (sigh).
Working on one of my research papers at around 4 a.m! 

As for work, it's been pretty normal and routine. Sitting behind a counter selling stuff to people can get like that lol. A few days ago I was so bored and for that one day I had put on some light makeup, so I took what seemed like 40 - 50 selfies (no shame), but everyone knows 90% of selfies don't make the cut ;') bahahaha!!

That's it, for now I guess! I hope you enjoyed my attempt at another update and cramming stuff into one post to make up for lack of posts!! Enjoy the rest of your week everyone! Stay happy and healthy ♥☺

Oh, if any of you would like to follow me on Instagram, my username is @islandqueen_758

Sunday, 14 September 2014

I Work Out!

Hey hey hey! Hows everyone doing? I'm alright, thank you very much :)

So, school has resumed for me, my final semester of Undergrad! My course load isn't so ridiculous this semester, so I've taken up a part time job on campus as a lab assistant, and still working my summer job 3x a week! For this I am grateful.

In other, and more exciting news, I've resumed exercising at my school's gym as of last week Monday (Sept 8th)!! I thought it would have been more difficult to get the motivation to get up and go, but so far I haven't missed a day! It also helps that I have my bf as a trainer ^_^.

The program we're following is a 12 week program from and I'm on day 6 today. Let me tell you something, I was sore as a MOFO from Tuesday to Thursday, not fun.

ANYWHO I've done squats using the barbell! (pictured below) I've always wanted to do that and look like a badass lol. One thing I wish I had, though, was a blender or nutribullet! I hate eating veggies sometimes, so it would help A LOT if i got one of those. Howeverrrr I still am a college student, so this is just a little out of my reach at the moment.

Not me in this photo. Credit from
For those reading who need a little motivation, here it is! Go get fit and kick some ass, you won't regret it.

Until next post lovely people :D ♥♥