After the happy winter holiday, semester 2 of year 3 which I call hell has come. This time, there was no excitement anymore. On the contrary, it is very tense. But no matter how uneasy I am, the semester starts as usual. In addition to the same pharmacology and pathology as last semester, there are also anesthesiology and clinical pathology course this semester, which are very relevant courses.
What made me most profound was clinical pathology. In the first class, the teacher said: “You must have the sense of empathy and understand the pain of the patients, so today your task is to find a team member and help each other to pump 1 cc of blood. In this process, whether you draw others’ blood or others draw your blood, it will be very nervous. It is because the one who draws others’ blood will afraid that he will hurt the others, and the person who is being drawn will fear that it will hurt him. Fortunately, I have a teammate with obvious blood vessels, so I complete the task with one shot only. However, as my blood vessels are not obvious and easy to bounce off, so I have been drawn by my teammate twice. Therefore, I think the two needles are normal. With this experience, I have a deeper experience in blood drawing. I believe that in the future when I am in the internship, I will be more calm and accurate when I draw blood for dogs.
— Chau Sin Lee
The time to return to Taiwan had come. I had insomnia around a week before the semester started because everyone around me told me that this semester was going to be the toughest one. I enrolled an English presentation course because I felt that my English language skills were going down since I had very little chance of using it after studying in Taiwan. Also, I registered a course about bone regeneration and prosthesis since I am interested in this field in my future career and studies.
— Yeu Ernest
In Taiwan, I was told by many people that travelling to Japan is one of the items in the must-do list studying here, so as to make use of the geographical advantage. Therefore, at the end of the semester break, my friend and I finally started our trip in Hokkaido, and then took flight directly to Taipei to prepare for the start of the new semester.
Indeed, I haven’t been to Japan before, so this was really an eye-opening experience, creating many ‘first-times’ for me! February is a winter month in Japan, and there was even news reporting the new lowest temperature recorded in Hokkaido several days before we went, which made me a little bit worried indeed. Really, once we got out of the flight as we arrived, a freezing breeze came across us. At the same time, a snowy and endless white came into my sight. I was so fascinated by this as it is my very first time seeing snow in my life! In the following days, we visited the Ice festival, got up to the snow mountain and took the ice breaker. Basically, everything here is about snow and ice! Though the freezing weather was overwhelming (especially when the snow got into my shoes!), having got myself into such an amazing and beautiful view is just worth it!
— Lau Wun Lam