Preparing for Taiwan

I’m leaving in two days (June 12) and I am totally NOT ready for this trip! The main issue I have isn’t really what to bring like I thought it would be, but rather it’s about how I’m going to manage to not scratch in the humid, crazy hot weather. My skin has not been good at all these past few days that Chicago has been hot and I’m terrified about the adjustments I’ll have to do for Taiwan!

I’ve dealt with the weather before the last time I went back in 2009 when I volunteered with the Taiwanese Red Cross. I remember I was super itchy the whole entire plane ride and super sweaty carrying a large carry-on and my violin on my back. It was hard to see and I was the last one out of the airport! My cousins were scared that I missed my flight or something happened to me because I took forever. That was my first time flying by myself, though…so this time it should hopefully be different.

Anyway, I went to see a Chinese traditional medicine doctor (erm, more like a consultant or psychic?). She was an old lady that reminded me of my grandmother and we found her at a Buddhist temple in Naperville. I haven’t seen the dermatologist at UIC in awhile, mainly because it takes forever to get an appointment and I just felt that their medicine wasn’t helping me in the long-term treatment of my eczema…

The woman was surrounded by Chinese people waiting to get a diagnosis about their health and well-being. It was a very informal approach, but when it came to my turn she did what she did to everyone else, placed her hands above both of my wrists and then asked me questions about my ailment.

The main conclusion was that my mother must have had some spicy or fried food during her pregnancy with me to explain why I have had it so long, and that the only way I could possibly cure my eczema is by being pregnant myself and having a baby (after getting married of course). For some reason, this remedy has always been suggested for everything. It’s like somehow our problems will be solved with marriage and having children! But hey, I haven’t tried it yet and I guess I can’t judge how it works. I do kind of trust her word because I met a woman who had the same thing as me, but after she had her own kids her eczema completely disappeared! It must have to do with hormonal changes…

Unfortunately, I am in no position to get married or have kids (although I sure wish I was because I can’t wait to start a family!). For now, I am taking some Chinese herbal medicine that we bought from Chinatown and I hope it will work. Chinese medicine is always very bitter, but I don’t mind it as much as I thought I would.

I hope everyone is having a productive summer! I can’t believe I’m leaving so soon! :D

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About Milie Fang, Biological Sciences / Pre-medicine

I am a senior and an acclaimed workaholic. While I like to keep busy academically, I really enjoy the simple pleasures of hanging out with friends and family, playing video games, or listening to music. When life seems to go well, allergies and eczema like to butt in and make me miserable. I hope to go into medicine so that I can have a better understanding of skin and the immune system to help myself, and to also help others facing the same problems I have faced since I was three.

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7 Responses to Preparing for Taiwan

  1. Future Doctor says:

    Hello, I was doing some google searches until I found these posts. I just want to say that you seem very bright and insighful! I am a high school student planing to become a neurologist in the near future.
    1. Can I major in neurology and public health/genetics and still be eligible for UIC's medical school?
    2. So it ISN'T the end of the world if I don't manage to recieve a lot of scholarships? I wish my parents would believe that :(
    3. What tips or advice would you give to a prospective student like myself?
    4. Why are your writing skills so awesome? Are you naturally a good writer or did you learn it in class?
    5. Do you know any people that I could network with or things I should do that would make me a great candidate for UIC?
    6. I am nervous about the MCAT! Is it like the ACT?
    7. Do you know any doctors that I could possibly shadow that happen to be neurologists or work in the field of neurology?
    I'm sorry I'm asking all of this. You must feel really creeped out that a total stranger is hoping that you can guide him towards the right path. . .

    • fang28 says:

      Hello Future Doctor!

      I don't get notifications when people comment, so sorry for taking so long so reply! Anyway, thank you so much for commenting and finding interest in what I have to say about the pre-medicine trek. I'll try my best to answer your questions, in order:

      1. We do have a neuroscience major and a public health major. We don't have a major with genetics but you can take the class. I don't quite understand what you mean "and still be eligible for UIC's medical school" since I think you'd be very eligible and qualified with a double major like that!
      2. Of course it's not the end of the world! Sometimes getting so many scholarships really screws up financial aid, but it's still better to get them because it tells the committee that people have looked at you and have decided that you are worth investing in because you're really going to do something in the future that'll give a positive impact. I have only gotten one before but I'm trying to do my best and apply to as many as I can…
      3. Check out my other blog posts that are academic related for tips…a good one is "Why Being Involved is Important."
      4. LOL Oh wow! Thank you so much! I'm so flattered xD. I don't think I was naturally a good writer…I hated writing in high school up until senior year…I think you just need someone to motivate you and believe in you when you write…or just write more about what you WANT to write about. You'll like it a lot more, trust me! I love writing now.
      5. If you're going to be a UIC undergraduate student, I'd recommend getting to know any professor that piques your interest or check out the URE.UIC.EDU website to get involved with research. There are a lot of resources at UIC (counselors, advisors etc) and people like me that can help you out!
      6. The MCAT is sort of like the ACT in terms of it being a standardized test…but it's all science-based! There are some social science aspects to it (the reading part)…but basically there's a section with biological sciences and organic chemistry, general chemistry and physics, reading…and I heard they got rid of the writing part (so yay for those who don't like writing…but boooo because I love writing!)
      7. I personally don't know one but if you join the pre-med club that I'm in (Society of Future Physicians), I can try and hook you up! :D

      I hope that helps! And I hope you come back to reply….and see this LOL.

      • Future Doctor says:

        Thank you so much! I always thought that doctors were required to major in biology to go to medical school! You are very helpful and I really appreciate your kindness! I am going to get a head start on my competition thanks to you :) ! You have blessed me with great information. I just remembered that I posted here and I'm about to start combing through your posts! Thank you so much again! Hopefully when I'm a student here, I'll be able to help someone as much as you have helped me (I put too much sugar in my cereal today)!

        • fang28 says:

          Awwww you're going to make me blush! You are too kind. I am VERY happy that I could have helped! You are welcome to keep on commenting and keeping in touch with me and I will do my best to continue to be a valuable resource. Best of luck Future Doctor! ^___^

  2. jearuiz01 says:

    Wow, in this perspective its very categorized and broken down part by part.

  3. nod32 Keys says:

    (Unfortunately, I am in no position to get married or have kids ) , having kids is no barrier to marrage