Finals and Final Goodbyes — Part One

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27th June

Well, it’s been a very interesting couple of weeks, and by interesting I mean stressful. Why? One word… finals.

How am I even at the point of finals? Didn’t I just get here? Well, apparently not.

Finals came up right behind all of us, and before you know it, the going out and traveling had to come to a halt. We all have spent these past couple of weeks jamming our fingers to the keyboard to get papers in and get ready for presentations. Although stressful, finals here are a little different. When I say different, I mean quite different. For my finals with international students, I had to write a paper for one class and then make a presentation for another. The unique thing is how we get graded. Letter grades aren’t used in my university here, but numbers are. If you get … Read More »

From Epidemiology to Etiquette

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24th June

Konnichiwa! (Hello!)

Our week began in a classroom with the Epidemiology veterinary students. In a nutshell, Epidemiology is the study of diseases, disease distribution and disease control. Each of the students had researched a disease, and one by one, they shared their findings with us. It was fascinating to hear what they were working on and learn about some of the common diseases in the world. Many of them had even traveled to other countries in order to collect data! I have always been passionate about zoonotic diseases (diseases which are transferrable between animals and people) so some of their topics really spiked my interest!

In the afternoon, Professor Kitazawa, who came to Findlay this past spring, taught us about animal pharmacology. He even showed us how certain drugs can speed up and/or slow down heart rate by using a mouse heart hooked … Read More »

An Inside Look

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22nd June

I had no idea what I was getting into with this internship. As a children’s book illustration major, all I knew was that I had to intern at the Mazza Museum in order to graduate. I had no objections about this, because the museum is amazing. It is a large collection of original art from picture books. By large, I mean over ten thousand pieces! Only a fraction of that is on display, but it still makes for an impressive and fun viewing experience.

It made the most sense for me to spend my summer in Ohio, doing this internship, so that I wouldn’t be distracted by a full load of classes. As a bonus, I would then be around in July for the Mazza Summer Conference.

Things were interesting right away. I gave Bessie the Lake Erie Monster some cosmetic assistance, … Read More »

Weekend Escapades

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17th June

Hello from the other side of the world!


My weekend stay with Marina started off at full speed. Marina is a graduate of the Rakuno Gakuen/Findlay exchange program. Many of you may have met her when she came to Findlay in 2013. On Friday night, we all went out to eat at a Japanese-Korean barbecue. Many Japanese (and Korean) restaurants, such as the one we went to, have a grill or cooker built into the table in front of you. Diners order raw meats and vegetables and then barbecue them at their tables. It was delicious! Some of the interesting “meats” we tried there were pig intestines and cow tongue. The intestines had a good flavor, but they were SO chewy. It was like chewing meat-flavored gum. Surprisingly, cow tongue was delicious! It tasted like a really good steak.


Marina quickly figured out the way … Read More »

What It Takes To Be The Ultimate Tourist

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16th June

I’ve been spending a lot of time traveling outside the city of Buenos Aires- truly bonding with nature. Trying to capture penguins (they’re friendlier in pictures), showering in the falls of Iguazu and walking on (not sunshine) but glaciers. However, it occurred to me — I’ve been a terrible tourist to the city.

After this month, I will have spent four months in this country. It definitely does not seem like that long. There are so many “cultural” things that I need to get out and see. I’ve spent so much time leaving the city that I forgot how much is truly here. So, this weekend was time for me to be the ultimate tourist.

The first part of being the ultimate tourist is looking the part — something I have thrived at. It’s safe to say I stand out here. Why do I say that? Well, … Read More »

Embracing Experiences

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9th June

Hello from Japan again!

During our first week at Rakuno Gakuen University, we started at the small animal veterinary clinic, where we shadowed veterinarians and vet students during clinical hours and surgeries. I saw ultrasounds, x-rays, MRI’s, and CT’s on Monday as I tracked with the internal medicine students. On Tuesday, I switched to shadowing the surgery students. The first case was a cat that severely broke its leg jumping off a sofa. The surgery was long and complex because the bone broke in September and was cast improperly – the bone was also totally rotated.

Veterinary medicine differs greatly between Japan and the States. This cat was 16 years old, and had numerous other medical issues. The easiest and cheapest thing to do would be to amputate the leg, however, that is not the way of Japanese veterinary medicine. They try to do literally … Read More »

Pata- What Else Could Go Wrong?- gonia

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7th June

There are three things I need in this world: the Lord, free food and beaches. However, my last excursion fit none of those things. I went to the ever so stunning (and COLD) Patagonia in Argentina.

Where is Patagonia? Well, it’s a region in the south of the continent shared by Argentina and Chile. There’s no heat, beaches or coconuts — it’s all cold. As someone who has an intense love for beaches, you can imagine my face when my friends said we should explore Patagonia (umm… how about not). But as soon as we arrived, I bit my tongue… hard. It was INCREDIBLE.

We flew from the international airport in Buenos Aires to El Calafate, which is a smaller city in Patagonia. From there, we took the bus and arrived at our first destination, El Chalten.

El Chalten is, what in Spanish, you call a … Read More »

Sushi, Sightseeing & Sports

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1st June

On our first Saturday here, Megan, Maria, Grace and I went to Otaru with our hosts. Otaru is an ocean town known for its glass. We ate sushi (raw fish) and went shopping. The raw fish wasn’t terrible, but I do not foresee myself choosing to eat it again any time soon. Tuna was the best one because you could actually tear off pieces instead of having to shove the whole thing in your mouth! The sushi went around the restaurant on a conveyor belt (see picture above). If you saw something you wanted, you simply had to grab it. The price of the food was indicated by a plate color code system. Each plate contained a microchip. When you finished eating, your stack of plates was scanned to determine your bill. (See picture on left)

Adventurer Grace chose an adorable … Read More »

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