So I finally have a little break from studying (but not really because studying never ends in dental school, but at least I’m done with midterms). Sooo I’m going to try to catch up on some posts! This was from more than a month ago from our 5th anniversary trip to Napa.
Here we are wine tasting at Artesa Winery. The views were gorgeous and the wine was great. We ended up getting a bottle of the 2012 Albarino, which was our favorite from the tasting.
After that, we drove to Domaine Carneros for the Art of Sparkling Wine tour. Our tour guide was really knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the process of making sparkling wine.
We also had many generous pours to taste throughout the tour, which left us sufficiently and happily buzzed afterwards. They also had the most beautiful chateau and hedges.
After the winery visits, we went to our hotel and relaxed until dinner time. We had our anniversary dinner at La Toque. We went with the prix-fixe 3 savory courses plus dessert menu for our meal. Yufei had the Chef’s Garden Vegetable and Green Salad for his first course:
And I had the Cauliflower Horseradish Velouté with Maine Lobster and Tender Vegetables. It was so good to eat lobster again – I couldn’t even remember the last time I had it!
For his second course, Yufei had the Veal Tenderloin:
And I had the Beer Battered Alaskan Halibut:
Third course for Yufei was the Rib Eye with Fiscalini Cheddar Pearl Tapioca
and Rutherford Red Wine Sauce. I had a bite and remember it being really yummy!
My third course – Duck Breast with Fried Polenta and Huckleberries, also very good.
I can’t remember or find the exact names of your desserts anymore, but they were served with these little cute candles. I think Yufei had some kind of apple crisp type dessert with ice cream.
And I had a pavlova, which is a meringue dessert with a crispy crust and a soft center. It was really different but I liked it a lot.
After our meal, we also had a selection of candies and other sweets, and we were given a signed copy of the menu. (Funny story: our waiter asked us in the beginning of our meal if we were celebrating anything special, and Yufei told him it was our 5 year anniversary. The waiter thought it was our wedding anniversary and asked us what we owe our success to. It was too weird and awkward to correct him so we just went with it for the night. And I had to make up some BS “married wisdom” on the spot to answer his question. Hahahah.)
The next morning we decided to go to the Jelly Belly factory since it was really close to our hotel.
We went on the factory tour and got free small bags of jelly beans at the end! After that we dropped by Erickson Ranch for a little bit. IT was a cute little farm with fresh fruits and veggies and a pumpkin patch. I really wanted to get a pumpkin there but then we didn’t have a good way to get it back home from the rental car place.
They also had this chili roasting station and it smelled so good!
In the end we just ended up buying some fruits and a jar of homemade apple butter from their market. After that, it was time to go home. It was such a fun and relaxing weekend and the perfect way for us to celebrate 5 years together.
Ahhh no time to blog during dental school! A quick mani post – I did this simple design for my birthday last weekend!
The colors I used are Blush and Metal Madness from e.l.f. They work really well together to create a very luxe look.
For the V-shapes I simple used masking tape as a kind of stencil. Really quick and easy!
I will hopefully catch up on my posts over Thanksgiving – lots to write about but also lots of exams coming up over the next few weeks!
Ahhh this post is way overdue! School work really picked up and I haven’t had time to blog at all, and I have a lot more stuff to post, but I thought I’d briefly finish up my orientation posts first. Enjoy!
Monday, Sep. 23
Even though it was still technically orientation, BMS (biomedical sciences, the biggest and most demanding course of D1 year) waits for no one. We had our first lecture on early human development in the morning, followed by a couple of biomaterials lectures after lunch that went way over everyone’s head. After that, there was a RCO (registered campus organizations, i.e. clubs) fair and chancellor’s reception in the gym. It was open to all the different schools at UCSF and all the different clubs had booths that we could visit and get more information. There was also a lot of really good food and drinks (alcoholic ones too!). They even had a photographer, from whom we got this gem:
James and Alex in the back really made this photo!
Tuesday, Sep. 24
Nothing too much this day. More BMS lecture in the morning, followed by some more informational presentations. In the afternoon we had our group presentations that we were assigned last week. Then more presentations from RCO’s exclusive to the dental school.
Wednesday, Sep. 25
Last day of orientation! We got all of our instruments today! There was about 6 huge boxes of stuff waiting on our benches in the sim lab when we arrived. Know we know why our education is so expensive.
It was a really long and tedious process checking every single item we got and organizing it all in our tackle boxes and lockers. Luckily there were a lot of D2′s to help us out. Still it took almost the whole day to finish everything. With that, orientation came to an end and our real life in dental school began!
Thursday, Sep. 19
The longest day ever. We got assigned a group project on using evidence-based dentistry to answer a question that a patient could ask a dentist. Then we sat through several presentations on campus services such as safety, student health, and financial aid. Then we got a little rehearsal on how the white coat ceremony was going to go the next day. We got free lunch again, this time courtesy of CDA (though I was getting pretty tired of sandwiches at this point – but I guess I shouldn’t complain about free food!).
After lunch, we finally got introduced to one of the biggest course streams of our first year, biomedical sciences. The course director, Dr. McMaster, came to talk to us a little about the course. Some D2′s also came to give us some advice about the class. After that we went into the anatomy lab with our lab groups. I really like my group and I’m looking forward to working with them on our cadaver. We also got our bone boxes! So basically right now I have half a skeleton and about 100 teeth in the apartment.
That evening we also had a scholarship reception. I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to UCSF, and although it was a small amount, I still really appreciate it. I still remember on December 3rd, waiting all day hoping for a call from UCSF, until I almost lost hope when my phone still hadn’t rung in the late afternoon. Then I got the call from Dean Featherstone telling me that I had gotten accepted and had received a scholarship. I was so so happy. I knew that as an international student applying to a state school, the odds were stacked against me. So I have a lot of gratitude for UCSF for not only accepting me but also for being the only school that offered me any form of financial assistance.
After the reception, some friends and I dropped by an event held by one of the 3 fraternities at the dental school, Delta Sigma Delta. I chatted with some current members and everyone was really nice and helpful! When I finally got home for the day I was so tired from this long day. So I just showered and then slept – need my beauty sleep for the white coat ceremony the next day!
Friday, Sep. 20
My group met up at 9am to discuss how we were going to approach our little project. Then we had a panel with 4 UCSF alumni who talked to us about their experiences at UCSF and beyond. We also had the chance to talk to the alumni in person after the panel and they all offered a lot of insight and perspective into what our paths might look like after graduation.
Then it was finally time for our white coat ceremony! We got our coats outside the auditorium and then lined up to go inside. Dr. Perry, Dean Featherstone, and Dr. Hipona (the president of the alumni association) each gave an address. Then came the keynote speech given by Dr. Ho. It was undoubtedly the most moving and unforgettable speech I had ever heard. Dr. Ho told us an incredible story about him and a patient and his family. By the end half the audience was weeping, myself included. (I was trying really hard not to cry because I didn’t want to mess up my makeup. Failed anyway.) Dr. Ho did not have any notes at all and you can tell that he spoke from his heart. His keynote address was met with a full standing ovation. I felt privileged to have had him as our keynote speaker and faculty member, and I cannot think of a better speech to inspire us at the beginning of our professional lives. I am certain that Dr. Ho’s words, story, and message will stay with me forever.
My parents and Yufei came out to see me get my white coat and I was so happy to have them take time out of their day and be there for me. After the ceremony we went across the street for the reception where they had a lot of delicious food and also provided time for more photos. Here’s me with Dean Featherstone!
And me with my new friends and classmates.
This was definitely one of the most exciting days of my life so far and it felt amazing to be officially a part of the wonderful profession of dentistry! I’m really happy about my school, faculty (from what I’ve seen so far), and classmates. It’s going to be a wonderful 4 years!
The first week of dental school is over! It was a very exciting week, but at the same time it felt really long and exhausting, even though it was just orientation stuff. Here’s a recap of my first days as a USCF dental student!
Monday, Sep. 16
We were instructed to arrive at 8am and I have to say that it was my first time getting up so early in a really long time. But at least there was free breakfast! Juices, fruit, pastries, bagels… it was too early for me to eat too much so I just got some fruit and an orange juice. We were seated in a classroom and were basically left to mingle for an hour. I saw a lot of people I had already met before the first day and also met a lot of new classmates. Then we sat through several welcome and introduction speeches from Dean Featherstone, Dr. Perry, and Dr. Sargent that were basically meant to make us feel really good about ourselves, haha. After that we got a free lunch of sandwiches, salads, fruit, and cookies. We also got our class sweatshirts, which were funded by the alumni association. We’re so lucky as dental students to get these awesome shirts – none of the other schools (medical, pharmacy, nursing) at UCSF gets them! We then took a class photo with everyone in their new sweatshirts. Don’t we look awesome?
After lunch, some friends and I went to get our scrubs! Then I had to go back to the classroom we were in in the morning to troubleshoot an issue with my computer not connecting to the UCSF internet network (turns out a restart did the trick). Then we just had some more people from the IT service desk talk to us about security and such. And we were done for the day! We were scheduled to finish at 5pm but we were done a couple of hours early which we were all happy about. We were assigned “homework” for the night, which was to fill out an MBTI questionnaire for our discussion the next day. I already knew my type (INFJ!) but the questionnaire was fun nonetheless.
Tuesday, Sep. 17
Today we had 3 different presentations on ethics, integrity, and professionalism (2 before lunch, 1 after), which definitely drove home the point on how much UCSF emphasizes the importance of being professional. We also had a pretty fun session discussion led by Dr. Mertz about the MBTI personality types and how to best work and communicate with different types. Free lunch again today, this time provided by Surgitel, who sent a rep to talk to us about loupes. After lunch we got a training session on using the UCSF ePortfolio site, which we will need for submitting assignments for a certain class. Then we got a campus tour guided by a couple of upperclassmen. I think I know my way around the campus fairly well now, but I’m sure I will still get lost in the first few weeks. The day ended early again!
Wednesday, Sep. 18
The day started with a talk by Dr. Shiboski about mentorship. I really enjoyed her talk and her story about the serendipitous turns her life had taken to lead her to where she is today. I guess I identified a lot with her experience. Anyway, the point of her speech was that mentors played an important role in her life and UCSF is dedicated to providing us with the same kind of support, so groups of us will get a faculty mentor, which is really awesome.
Afterwards we were divided into groups for 3 different activities. My group first got introduced to the CLE – collaborative learning environment – which is an online course management system. Our schedule, classes, course materials, etc. are all organized on there. After that we got measured for our loupes! I decided to spend $150 extra to get the Oakley frame because it was much more comfortable. Can’t wait to get them! Then we had a big gap for lunch, so a group of us got lunch at Naan-n-Curry. Jasmine and Kathleen came over to our apartment for a bit after lunch since we still had so much time. The last activity of the day was a library orientation where we learned a lot of research tools that the library offered. Then it was another early end to the day. We had “homework” again today, which was to watch a video lecture given by Dr. Armitage on evidence-based dentistry and complete a quiz. I was actually really excited to take the quiz – call me a nerd but I miss being a student! (I will probably-most-definitely not feel this way in like 2 weeks).
This week I’m wearing Zoya’s Dulcinea. It’s the first day of dental school today so I needed something professional. Dulcinea is a neutral beige color with a little bit of shimmer.
I can’t quite decide if I really like it. In some lighting it looks great, but at other times I think it might a little too yellow and warm for my skin tone. What do you guys think?
A few weeks ago Yufei and I drove out to South Lake Tahoe for my last trip before dental school! We stayed at Harvey’s, which is just past the CA/NV border. It was walking distance to the lake with this nice beach.
We went for a walk there on the first day and came back the next morning to do some kayaking.
I was stupid and brought my camera onto the kayak, and of course it got wet and malfunctioned. Luckily we had Yufei’s phone to take photos with (and my camera miraculously came back to life after drying off in the sun for the day).
After kayaking, we left the beach and drove towards Emerald Bay. It was a gorgeous day and the view from the vista point was beautiful.
We then parked the car and walked down the trail to Vikingsholm, where there was a small beach. The water was super clear but freezing cold, but that did not deter us from taking a dip. I went as far as my hips but Yufei was brave and just dove in (he might have regretted that decision after).
After we dried off in the sun, we took a little hike around the nearby trails. We discovered this rock (or “island” as Yufei calls it) not too far from the shore and we decided to wade over to it. It was so peaceful sitting there with our feet in the beautiful clear water.
We did some more hiking afterwards, and then drove back to the beach we were at in the morning. We grabbed some seats at the Lakeside Beach House and got some drinks while we took in this amazing sunset.
It was one of the most fantastic sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life. the haze from the Yosemite fire was moving in, casting this soft glow over everything.
We were leaving the next day, but we stopped by another beach on our way out. The haze was still there and obstructed the view of anything too far away.
After that it was back to SF. It was sunny all the way until we hit Inner Sunset (of course). We had such a nice time at the lake and it was great to squeeze in one last getaway before I start school!