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Rina Sem

Rina Sem is a student at the Lombard, Illinois campus studying in the Master of Science-Oriental Medicine program. Though working in the medical field for 10 years, she is keeping the promise she made to her father to complete her master’s degree. Rina is a first-generation American of Cambodian heritage, and passionate about her studies in the field of complementary and alternative medicine.

Recent Posts

Namaste

Namaste means that whatever is precious and beautiful in me, honors whatever is precious and beautiful in you. I never liked goodbyes, that’s why I never say them. Bye (pronounced “bai”) in my language actually means "rice". As you know me by now, I am a goof. I make jokes about everything or always add some humor, but there is a reason for all my quirks. I am always known as "that woman with a smile".

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Apr 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM
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I Am a Strong Woman, Because a Strong Woman Raised Me

March 20, 2020 was the date quarantine started. I remember not many people were aware of how serious this situation was; and I am one of the guilty. I have been exposed to so many things working in the health care field for more than a decade, all the handwashing was normal hygiene that we had to do. What caught my attention was how it affected the elderly; namely, my mom.

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Apr 10, 2020 8:15:00 AM
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And the Universe Spoke

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” - Mark Twain

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Mar 27, 2020 8:15:00 AM
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Balance is Not Always the Center

Did you know that no two snowflakes alike? Snowflakes are made up of so many molecules it's unlikely any two are even exactly the same size. Each snowflake is exposed to slightly different conditions, so that even if you started with two identical crystals they wouldn't be the same by the time they reached the surface.

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Mar 13, 2020 8:00:00 AM
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Cold and Flu Season Affects Health Care Practitioners, Too!

Are you taking precautions? This season many people are getting sick. A few weeks ago, I felt like I was hit by a truck. Joint pain, coughs, fevers, alternating chills and fever, no appetite, lethargic. So, I made my way to a convenient care site and was swabbed positive with the flu.

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Feb 28, 2020 8:15:00 AM
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Let's Take a Ride and Commit

Life is like a roller coaster of ups and downs. First, it goes up climb-by-climb, step-by-step and just at the peak of the ride, you can look at it two ways: we either free fall and enjoy the ride, or hang on for dear life!

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Feb 14, 2020 8:15:00 AM
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New Year's Resolution

As I walk on campus making footprints in the snow, I look around and notice that
it will be the last of my winters at National before spring trimester and graduation.
My prints will melt when the weather turns nice, but I know I made pretty good memories for myself, and many will remember who I am. I am still amazed that in three more months I will be graduating from National! It is a school that has grown to be my second home…with professors and peers alike who turned into love/hate relationships. (Come on, we can be honest that we do have that in our own household)! There are ups and there are downs, but coming to a school that you have become accustomed to--and one day won’t be coming back to--to sit in class or see patients anymore--is a stark realization.

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Jan 31, 2020 8:15:00 AM
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The Journey

Time marches on. In a week it will be the end of another trimester. In a few weeks, the end to another month, and shortly after to that, another whole year. The end of this year will be an end to a decade. While much in life does not depend on deadlines and specific dates, at the end of the spring 2020 trimester, I will be with the many students ending their journey at National with commencement.

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Dec 13, 2019 8:15:00 AM
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Gratitude

សូមអរគុណ (Saum Arkoun) – Khmer

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Nov 15, 2019 8:15:00 AM
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What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

I will bet at least a few times in life you have been asked what you wanted to be when you grow up. I know that I have! The last couple of weeks have been filled with so many eye-openers—reassurances actually—that I am on the right path for me.

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Nov 1, 2019 8:15:00 AM
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