Exploring the neighborhood

February 1, 2011 —

This past year living in Michigan for rotations has been such a blur. It is very different from Des Moines when I only lived four miles away from school. Now I live at least 10 miles from everything like work and my favorite restaurants.

What I’ve found to help me explore my new neighborhood is subscribing to Groupon! The daily deals are a steal and give me a starting point to try new activities and taste new foods in town. I just recently bought 24 yoga classes for $24! I’ve also bought gift certificates for Nordstrom Rack, hair salons and local restaurants. It makes trying new things very appealing!

So whether you’re new to Des Moines or in a new town for rotations or residency, give it a shot! If you’re already using it, what was your best Groupon purchase?


Tea Nguyen is a dual degree D.P.M./M.P.H. student at DMU. She was born in Utah but raised in California and left the great state to be at one of the best podiatry school in the country.

She has aspirations in international medical service trips and hopes to hit several continents during this lifetime. Traveling is also on the top of her to-do list and she often reminisces about her prior travels to Italy, France and Greece. She also enjoys eating adventures with her boyfriend Paul and is a major food-snacker. It is not uncommon to find her lapsed in a food coma in the middle of her studies.

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