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Belinda Smith

My name is Belinda, but I prefer to go by Lindy. I am a second year Naturopathic Medical student at National University of Health Sciences. I’m originally from Maryland and will always consider it to be my home. I live on campus, in the Lincoln building with my dog, Lilly. I love the sport of triathlon and will totally geek out if anyone wants to talk bikes or racing with me! I’m looking forward to blogging about study tips, ways to have fun on campus, and all the details of a full-time medical student. I love talking with people, so if you have any questions please email me at belindasmith@student.nuhs.edu.

Recent Posts

Flat Tires, Board Exams, and Mid-Terms!

I took my first set of board exams a couple weeks ago. It was HARD! I felt very prepared for it, both through the coursework I have completed so far at school, and through my dedicated study time. I don’t know that it was enough, and I may have to take it a second time (which isn’t super uncommon). Now begins the long, six-week waiting game to find out. 

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Feb 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM
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From Standardized Patient Ecounters to Real Patient Encounters

I know I mentioned getting to work with standardized patients in the last few months. I am so grateful for the experience we get by having the opportunity to interact with standardized patients in our Primary Care course. I seriously LOVED the experience so much and feel that I learned a lot about how to improve my interactions with real patients in the future thanks to that experience. 

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Feb 7, 2020 8:15:00 AM
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We had an entire month off for winter break!

We had an entire month off for winter break, and it was glorious! Although, I have to admit that I used most of my break studying for my Part I Board Exams which are on February 4th. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to get the studying done that I needed to, so I decided to apply for a Reader Card at the Library of Congress in downtown Washington, DC. This way, my family and friends couldn’t call me at the last minute to meet up. I knew I would not be able to say no to spending time with them, but if I was downtown, there wouldn’t be the opportunity for me to say yes. I ended up studying there quite a bit! It was wonderful, and not too crowded due to the holiday. 

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Jan 24, 2020 8:15:00 AM
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Thanksgiving Break was AWESOME...Now It's Time to Grind for Final Exams

I drove home to Maryland for the Thanksgiving break, and I am so glad I did! I originally planned on staying on campus, especially since our final exams start the Monday after Thanksgiving, but I decided my sanity was important to survive 14 pending final exams

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Dec 6, 2019 8:15:00 AM
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Traditional Gratitude Post for Thanksgiving

This trimester, I decided to go full-track for Phase II. That put me with over 30 credits, and to be honest, I didn’t know if I had it in me. I have made it to week 12, and am so glad I stuck it out!  It has definitely been challenging, but I also believe it will be worth it when I get to graduate in August of 2021 instead of December. I don’t think I would be able to get any of my family out here if I was graduating in a December month! (Have I mentioned how cold it is here?!) 

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Nov 22, 2019 8:15:00 AM
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Snow on Halloween and a plug for Campus Visit Day

Apparently, Chicago weather has gone on a record-breaking spree since I moved here. First with the polar vortex last winter, and now, with record-breaking snow fall on Halloween. Prior to this year, the only recorded snow in the city on Halloween was in , when the city recorded one tenth (0.1) of an inch. We definitely broke that this year, and we had two to three inches of snow appear in Lombard! Literally the night before the snow started, I took Lily for a walk and the fall leaves were so pretty I had to take her picture in front of them. The next morning, I took a picture of another tree on campus that was dropping some leaves on the fresh snow. It was really pretty.

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Nov 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM
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Naturopathic Medicine

World Spine Day, CAM Day, and an Antique Doctor Bag!

It has been an eventful couple of weeks.  While in the middle of midterms, our campus had a few big events.  I’ll start with World Spine Day. The Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) hosted an event during lunch that had different carnival type games, such as pin the sacrum on the spine, and limbo with a skeletal leg.  Functional Neuro Club tested the cerebellum.  It was really fun, and they had prizes as well.  Each student received a ticket for the raffle every time they participated in one of the games.

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Oct 25, 2019 8:45:00 AM
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Naturopathic Medicine Week 2019

We have reached that time of year again; it is Naturopathic Medicine Week! To kick it off, I will reiterate the 6 basic principles of naturopathic medicine, highlighting the couple that are most important to me. 

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Oct 11, 2019 8:15:00 AM
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Living on Campus is AWESOME!

I have lived on campus for about two years. I have absolutely loved it, and greatly appreciate the fact that National University offers on campus student housing. When I first decided to come to school here, I was hoping I would live on campus. Then I found out there was a waiting list and became worried that I wouldn’t have the opportunity. Luckily, there was a two-bedroom apartment available for me. I really loved living in a two-bedroom, but decided to move into a studio apartment this trimester to save a little money. I didn’t want to get a roommate, so this was a good solution.

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Sep 27, 2019 8:04:00 AM
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Break is over, time to get back to work!

Between each trimester we get a few weeks off for a break. Normally I anxiously head back to Maryland, but since I moved over break, I had to stay local. I still live on campus, but in a different apartment (I’ll post about it in the future…I love living on campus)! My family ended up surprising me in Chicago! It was so fun having some of them visit me, and having them here to help me move.

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Sep 13, 2019 8:05:00 AM
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