LOAD (Lasallian Orientation for Aspiring Doctors)

Dear friend,

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

The Lasallian Orientation for Aspiring Doctors (LOAD) this year was held last May 29 to 30, 2014. The theme was fun and interesting. It was as if we were in a military boot camp. Thanks to the higher batch that we had a very warm welcome.

The orientation was entitled “Operation: Green Arrow”. Around 300 froshies were divided into 15 groups. We used the phonetic alphabets (e.g. Group 1 – Alpha, Group 2 – Bravo, Group 3 – Charlie…) to name each platoon (group). I was in Platoon Mike. Upon signing the attendance, we were given an envelope with a Top Secret seal. It was actually the program itinerary and some helpful information and tips for us. The concept was really fun and creative.

Top Secret

We started with an opening prayer and the Philippine National Anthem. And then, a senior taught us the Lasallian Hymn and Prayer. It was quite disappointing because most of the froshies were not very participative in singing. Nevertheless, I enjoyed singing the Alma Mater Hymn because it has been more than 5 years since the last time I sang the song during my graduation day for my bachelor’s degree.

In the morning, we split into groups for games and activities (platoon yell and banner). Merienda was provided.

(And! I was introduced to a new classmate who told me she saw my blog. Waaa!!! I didn’t know how to react, but I was very happy deep inside. Thank you! Thank you! :p I did not expect that someone like a classmate would find my blog accidentally. Just to share, I very seldom link my blog posts to Facebook. That is why very few friends know its existence. Ah! If you see me in school, please don’t think I’m a snob. I write long posts, but I am actually an introvert. I am just shy.)

Meanwhile, our parents were in Auditorium 1 (Audi1) for Parents’ Orientation. Auditorium 1 will become our classroom starting June 2. It means that DLSHSI purposely made the parents experience how it feels to sit in that room. 🙂 According to my parents, the orientation were mostly about the grading system and the security of students on and off campus.

After lunch, my parents head to my new dormitory to kick start the cleaning of my new room.

In the afternoon, the froshies gathered in Audi1 for a short briefing about the campus tour. The tour gave me very complicated emotions. I felt happy and excited to study in a very beautiful and environment-friendly campus. Audi1 alone was wow!!!…and very comfortable.

I was happy, amazed, stressed, disappointed, etc. when we moved to H.I. Laboratory. I was happy because med school suddenly felt so real! 🙂 This is it!! This is the time I have been waiting and working hard for. I was amazed because DLSHSI replaced their microscopes with touch screen computer terminals with a ratio of 1 computer:1 student. The lab was very modern. I could tell that they DLSHSI have very high standards.  But, I was stressed because there was a 2-part mock exam. One was about…about…uhm…SEE?!!!!!?!!! I didn’t even know what was that about!!!!! Oh, goodness!! I was resisting my urge to bang my head on the wall. I read some books in advance before orientation day, but I still was not able to answer a single question confidently. Sigh… (To incoming 1st year students, I would advice you the same thing upperclassmen advised me: Just enjoy the remaining days of your vacation! No joke!) But, seriously, I think that was anatomy for the first part while the second part was histology(????). There were pictures of microscopic …uhm…. stuffs and we were supposed to identify parts (or something like that). Crazy leh!!! I couldn’t decide what pattern to shade in my bubble sheet to increase my chance of winning. Hahaha!! It felt as if I was shading numbers on a lottery ticket. I was disappointed about myself. It was so frustrating. *inhale* *exhale* Finally, I decided to think positive once again. I told myself that it was difficult because I didn’t have any science background before. So what? Once I get a copy of the syllabus and the schedule, I would definitely study like crazy! *wink* *smile*

We went out of H.I. Lab, walked past the library, and queued at the entrance of Gross Anatomy Lab. Clipboards and bubble sheets were distributed. What??!! Mock exam again?!!! However, this exam was very interesting despite the fact that I was not able to answer any question confidently again. While at the queue outside the lab, I could see that there were skeletons hanging inside the room. In my head, I thought, “OOoooooohhh~” When it was my turn, I was very excited with the fact that it was my first time to see real human bones. Wait. Were those real? Well…they looked real. The second area of the room was even more real!! This time the questions were about body organs. And, again, it was my first time to see real body organs. I was so amazed!!!!!

We went back to Audi1 and watched several performances and presentations by the different student organizations before being dismissed. Free turon and some drinks were distributed outside the auditorium.

Turon with Langka

I went to my new dormitory after the orientation and found the room very clean. There was too little left for me to do. It was mostly unpacking of my boxes.

The second day was half-day. We were introduced to the 1st year subjects and the grading system. Survival tips about study habits, daily living and other matters were shared by 2nd-year student.

During the second day, I was very much inspired by a 3rd year kuya. It was not part of the program, but he took the mic and asked who among the froshies graduated from a non-science pre-med. I could not see from the front who else raised their hands, but my mom told me that she learned from the parents’ orientation that there were 3 of us with non-science pre-med courses. Anyway, Kuya 3rd year encouraged us to simply study hard and be optimistic because he was able to do it. He was a graduate of Information Technology, but he is now one of the top students in his batch. I was inspired. (Jia you, Kay! Jia you!)

I was very grateful both to my parents and to the Lord. Not everyone can have this opportunity to study and dream to be a doctor. They keep me motivated and inspired. Just as how hard working my parents are, I will also study hard!!! Like I said in my old post, “I refuse to give up when it is merely difficult.

It is important to have the ability to distinguish between impossible and possible. If it’s merely difficult, all you need is the mental strength to follow through, and an inability to give up, and things will work out.” –Philip Chesterfield

Furthermore, as in Philippians 4:13,

There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me.


Kristine G. Veneracion

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