This happened YESTERDAY…I FINALLY graduated college with my Esthetics Technology Certificate w/honors 🤗🎉👩🏾‍🎓✨💖🙌🏾‼️Literally THE BEST day of my life‼️I couldn’t of done it without god first and foremost 🙏🏾, my family and friends. I cried tears of joy 😩😭..lemme tell you COLLEGE IS NO JOKE! 🙅🏾Seriously lol. NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS, no matter what your going through. Keep your head up and keep moving forward ❤️..But I DID IT, and I’m VERY PROUD OF MYSELF ☺️’s to the FUTURE 🌎✨


MARCH 2017

Hello Lovely followers- 

I don’t have much to write today, but I still thought I would share my progress over the past month. I’ve been keeping consistent and really pushing myself this month, especially as we get closer to summer! I would like to shout out to egg white omelets-  as they were my survival tool over the past few weeks :) Anyways, Thats all for now. More updates to come! 

xoxo Rory 

Things I Learned in College

I’ve been a college student for three years now and for this coming first sem of school year 2017-2018, gladly I will become a senior. The idea of college wasn’t valuable for me before. I thought it would be just like how high school embraced me. I thought college was only about whatever field you enroll yourself, new friends, dramas, and stuff just like what high school was about.

For three years of setting foot on college, back-and-forth from home to school, and being hopeful that at least I would survive this student life, I realize that all my thoughts about college were all wrong. Filtered with paper works, challenges about reports, and nerve-cracking demonstrations, college is totally a not-joke thing. Yes, I thought about that, for the first time in my life I took schooling seriously and all thanks to college.

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HI GUYS!!!! Oh my, it’s been a looooooong while. I actually went through my blog and re-read everything and I’ve noticed that I was always saying how “I don’t know what to and how to do blogging anymore” in most of my previous posts but I PROMISE THIS TIME, I LEGIT DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE OR HOW DO I DO THIS ANYMORE because I haven’t done this for like forever. It felt like I’m starting again. I’m not gonna babble more and let’s just hop right into my post.

Okay, so as what I’ve mentioned on my previous posts, I’ve entered Third Year or the Medtech proper last school year 2016-2017 and that’s (also) the reason why I was gone for a very long time. Idk, I just found myself being swallowed by acads and all that jazz that I never really had the time to write a single blogpost. There’s so much that has happened in my entire Third Year life and I wish I could’ve had written any of’em and immortalize the memories in this blog and hark back to those times… but sadly, I didn’t. Anyway, as you can probably tell on the title, this post would be a “rundown” of my experience as a Third Year Medical Technology student.

(Wait, how do I start?)

We started the school year earlier than that of the normal students in our university due to the reason that we were trying to chase the schedule for the 1-year internship because as you all know, we are one of those pabibo schools who embraced the academic calendar shift. So the clinical subjects I took this year are as follows:

1st Semester

MIC111 – Bacteriology

PAR100 – Clinical Parasitology

GPHC100 – General Pathology, Histopathology and Cytopathology

CC111 – Routine Clinical Chemistry

HEMA111 – Hematology 1

MTLBE100 – Medical Technology Laws and Bioethics

LMS100 – Laboratory Management and Supervision

2nd Semester

MIC112 – Mycology and Virology

UBF100 – Urinalysis and Body Fluids (Clinical Microscopy)

HEMA112 – Hematology 2

SIM100 – Serology and Immunology

CC112 – Continuation of CC1/ Special Chemistry

CC113 – Endocrinology, Toxicology and Drug Testing

IMH100 – Immunohematology (Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine)

I can’t believe I already passed all these freaking subjects let alone the first sem subjects!!!! Personally, I think First semester is harder than the Second Semester idk maybe because it’s the time when we were just and still adapting to the new and toxic environment of Third Year life and the transition is quite overwhelming. Also, the passing rate was raised from 60% in Second Year to 70% in Third Year. I CAN’T EVEN!!! Plus the laboratory practical exams had an upgrade to like 5x that of the Second Year pracs. There’s legit a time when I went back to my dorm during lunchbreak just to cry and for the first time in my life, I called my mom and cried for my dear life because IT WAS SO HARD.

  • It’s also during First Semester when I learned how essential it is to know the time difference from night (let’s say 7pm) to 5 the next morning and how to utilize it very well because your life literally depends on how you manage and distribute it to sleeping and studying because you know, you’ll only have to read 1-3 chapters per subject and you only have like 3 quizzes the next day for the lecture and probably a practical exam or a long quiz for the laboratory in the afternoon. JUST HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO PREPARE FOR THAT IN LESS THAN 10HRS???— is all I was thinking then. That’s how resentful and pitiful I was back then.
  • The laboratory skills we were taught— Venipuncture (of course! the freaking highlight and a must), Blood Smearing, Staining, Pipetting!! Oh God forbid, I loathe glass pipetting so much! Direct Fecal Smear… and all medtech-y skills. I love Bacteriology so much. It was the subject I got the highest grade during First Semester. The lecture and laboratory were both the But ofc, I wouldn’t forget the anxiety the Unknown has given us. For our finals in the lab, we were given unknown organisms and we were to identify it via Biochemical Testing and everything we were taught of on how to identify such. It took me so long to decide what my organism was because some of the biochemical test results weren’t at par with theoretical information so imagine my anguish. Our grades basically depended on it so… yeah.

 but in the end, I decided it was Enterobacter cloacae.

  • Another memory from First Semester is the time when we were to submit Enterobius swabs as additional points for our Parasitology laboratory. I took my bestfriend with me to hunt down possible patients. It was such a memorable experience, I have no more words. I poured all the feels on this Facebook post.
  •  Also, I’ll never forget about First Semester is the day when we had our Grand Practical Exam in our laboratory subjects and it was the time when 3rd Floor HSC was in a total dishevelment. We were taking turns and rotating in different labs to have our moving practical exams simultaneously— one section is having their Histopath moving pracs, the other is having their Bacte moving pracs, then another section is on the roil in Hematology moving pracs while the other one is having their Parasitology Moving Pracs and the like. That was the most intense day ever imaginable.
  • Also on that day, was the first time I was able to extract blood on a practical exam!!! I can never forget how stupid I may have looked for shouting “Hala may dugo” when blood oozed out from my partner’s vein. I was never able to bleed my partner in almost all the practicals we had due to my infamous phobia with needles and I was legit surprised and awed when a blood came out that day!!!

For the events of Second Semester… I’m not really sure?? lol even though it’s the more recent semester, I can’t remember much from it coz it went like a blur to me. It was so fast it was so unreal that it actually happened!!! (and that I passed!)

  • Okay. One thing I could say about Second Semester is that I fancy UBF hahahaha I’m not sure if it’s the subject itself or teacher factor hahahaha but to be honest, it was so fun to study and probably the easiest of the panel of subjects for second semester (or so I thought).
  • The laboratory learning and insights this semester gave me more of the medtech feels because most of the experiments/tests we did in the lab were the ones that are being performed in the actual laboratory setting. I will never forget the struggle of dilution in Serology lab. We weren’t allowed to use calculators during the entire semester and of course as someone who absolutely hates math and computation, that’s. the. worst. nightmare. ever. So given that situation, imagine our surprise during the Final Laboratory Written examination when our instructor finally allowed us to use calculator. Everybody in the class was in awe because that’s super unexpected. We didn’t have much of moving practical exams this sem compared to the numerous ones we had on first semester. The practical exams were more like skills-based and principle application. Slide identification-kind-of-moving practicals was surprisingly nakakamiss.

Self-pity time: Two semester have passed and no one was able to extract blood from me huhuhu do I even have veins??? :——(

Just to give you some insight, there are:

  • 4 major examinations in each lecture subjects
  • 2 major written examination in each laboratory subjects
  • (100-item identification)
  • Moving Practical Exam in each laboratory subjects
  • Skills/Application Practical Exam in each laboratory subjects
  • Pre and post quizzes in every meeting in each lecture subjects
  • Pre and post quizzes in every laboratory experiments
  • Long Quizzes every after chapter
  • Long Quizzes before major examination in each lecture subject
  • Long Quizzes before major examination in each laboratory subjects
  • Surprise quizzes whenever the professor would like
  • Not to mention the drawings of each specimen in laboratory manuals in each laboratory subject
  • 2 Journal readings in each lecture subject

So ayun, hindi po kami OA and nag-iinarte. Our lives literally revolve in exams and quizzes.

Moving on, last May 19, we had our Pre-Internship Program which is a prerequisite before you can proceed to internship. On that exact day,we took a 700-item Diagnostic Examination without any notice and I literally just came back from an 8-hour trip because I went home in Bicol so I was sitting for like 14 hours straight!!! We had series of practical examinations for two weeks, a Phlebotomy seminar with BD Philippines, a tour in a National Reference Laboratory which is the National Kidney Institute and an Oral Revalida.

CAUTION: Photospam ahead.

I’m not sure if this is enough to summarize everything because I can feel that it’s not even in the slightest bit justified on this post. Maybe it’s one of the wonders of life that cannot be really put into words. (But you tried, self what are you doing hahaha)

Suffice to say that all these experiences; the nerve-racking and heartbreaking quizzes, no-sleep days, tears, sweats, blood (hahahaha legit), cramming moments and all other hardships are the variables which played significant roles in this endeavour which lead me to where I am heading right now. I’m so happy and proud to share to you guys the next step I’m taking in this career path. I am now officially a Medical Technology Intern at St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City under the Institute of Pathology. I know, I can’t believe it myself that I was able to pass through the needle-hole like hurdle you call “Third Year life”. SLMC is actually my first-in since we are to undergo 1-year internship and we will be having our second-in next semester in another hospital.

I will be forever thankful to Trinity University of Asia especially to Dean Rodriguez for always making sure that the quality of education/ training is there. Thank you for a super hands-on laboratory experience. It’s like a simulation of the environment that we will be facing in the near future. Would also like to thank our Clinical Instructors:

  1. Mam Majo Liao
  2. Sir Jude Anthony Trinidad
  3. Dra. Mary Anne Isip
  4. Sir Mark Francisco
  5. Sir Mel Destacamento
  6. Mam Gigi Dayrit
  7. Mam Violie Bascao
  8. Mam Suzzette Lumanga
  9. Mam Rona Gonzaga
  10. Sir Joshua Descamparado
  11. Sir Nikko Onate
  12. Mam Krystal Tio

 for gearing us up with all the lectures, wisdom and skills that we would need  to be the Medical Technologists that we are aiming to be.


Other significant life event during the course of Third Year life:

  •  I became an Altar Server at the Shrine of Jesus the Divine Word. Dream come true.
  • I was elected Medical Technology Councilor in the University Student Council. Unreal.

All glory and praise to the Lord God above. Thank you for guiding me in almost everything I do. Thank you also St. Jude Thaddeus for interceding for me. Forever grateful and blessed.

That’s pretty much how I can sum up my Third Year life. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing it! Thank you so much for reading yet another long blog post of mine. See you on my next post (hopefully there’s a next)!!!


Progress Pic:
(May 13, 2017) 5/13/17

HAPPY MAY! Almost done with finals - and that means SUMMER !!🌞 Yo girl has been crazy busy finishing up work and things to end my semester- and has been KILLIN IT at the gym to cope with stress! (go gurl!!). Here Is the Progress ya’ll 🙌🏼💕

p.s. How cute is the boyf?
p.s.s. Almost have a full pull up!!