Posts by Tea Nguyen

Piggy love

We call all three of our guinea pigs our babies. They are in so many ways – they eat, poop, whine & sleep (repeat daily). But they are a joy to have around the apartment. Our first concern moving out to Des Moines was finding apartments that accept small animals. We wanted to be near […]

— Tea Nguyen

Food, glorious food

What a joy! I think I found my new favorite restaurant in downtown Des Moines. The place is called Centro (pronounced Chen-tro) and they serve pastas and pizzas and everything I like.  I started off with the steamed mussels appetizer which tastes like it’s bathed in butter blended with sweet roma tomatoes. Oh so juicy and […]

— Tea Nguyen

What are you doing for spring break?

I am going to El Salvador for a medical service trip with 13 other DMU students and oodles of supporting faculty and community members. This is DMU’s second time going to El Salvador. Last year, they served about 2500 people in the community. I am so excited about this opportunity! There are many opportunities available […]

— Tea Nguyen

A good read

It’s been very hard to catch up on leisurely reading with school and that’s why I took advantage of my winter break to pick up a book. There were a few challenges, however, in deciding what book I think I can actually enjoy and finish reading.   So how did I decide? First thing in mind […]

— Tea Nguyen

A typical school day – in case you were wondering

Alarm goes off at 6:45 a.m. Breakfast at 7 a.m. Off to school by 7:30 a.m. Class from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (including a lunch meeting). We’re back in school and I’m entering my second semester of my second year in podiatry school. Today, we had lectures on biomechanics (analysis of foot pathology based […]

— Tea Nguyen

Mourning a great teacher

I do not know much about Roxane Joens-Matre, but with few encounters, it was apparent she enjoyed teaching, which made me enjoy my online class in Social and Behavioral Science with her. She made the time to help many of us on our final project; she organized conference calls to help us sort out our […]

— Tea Nguyen

Interview tips

I was listening in on the residency forum provided by Sigma Sigma Phi where they rounded up current/graduated residents in different programs. One student asked the panel, “What makes for a bad impression from an interviewee?” The answers not only apply to interviews for residency spots but also for prospective students interviewing for medical school […]

— Tea Nguyen

Shadowing as a second-year D.P.M. student

Second-year D.P.M. students at DMU have the opportunity get ahead of the curve now and shadow clinicians on campus before rotations. I was there yesterday tagging along with the third-years who made it a positive experience for me and the clinicians who, naturally, were happy to teach and answer all of my questions. I spent […]

— Tea Nguyen

Feet?

I’m in my second year of my podiatric education and have found new appreciation for the profession. If you’re not a podiatrist or a podiatry student, you may be thinking, why did I choose the feet? Well this is a mini-story on my initial reaction about podiatry and where it has taken me up to […]

— Tea Nguyen

Honoring veterans

I always look forward to lunch meetings at DMU. Yesterday, we celebrated veterans’ day over lunch and to my surprise, there were many students dressed in their respective uniforms representing their service in the military. I am amazed at how many students there were on active duty or in the reserves. I don’t think there […]

— Tea Nguyen

Halloween stinks!

Contrary to what you might think what the title means, Halloween is actually one of my favorite holidays. It’s so fun to see how creative people get with their costumes. Being a bit frugal, I decided to make an economical costume that I could re-use after Halloween. I decided that my boyfriend and I should […]

— Tea Nguyen

Runnin’ the race

I truly admire people who can commit themselves to running more than a mile. I remember back in middle school that we were only required to run one mile in P.E. so from then on, I never saw that it was necessary to go any further than that. There was a point in my life […]

— Tea Nguyen

Tapas review by Tea

And in this week’s series of Tea’s Eating Adventures… Paul, my boyfriend, and I really enjoy exploring new restaurants in Des Moines. This past weekend, we adventured into the modern day concept of tapas (small dishes) at a place called Trostel’s Dish in Clive. Although the term tapas originates from Spain meaning appetizers, Trostel’s features […]

— Tea Nguyen

Takin’ a break

The definition of a weekend will vary among medical students. For many of us, it’s the time that we use to catch up with sleep and relax with our family and friends — that is, if there are no exams looming over us on Monday. For some of us who cannot be with our dearest […]

— Tea Nguyen