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How to be the perfect 4.0, fit and healthy student!

Posted by aasalina on May 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

In this blog post I will give you the perfect cocktail, recipe, instrument, instructions on how to become the best 4.0 amazing student. Joke. I am graduating in a few days and I still don’t know what’s best for me or the best way to study. But I do know that I make sure to take care of myself and sometimes that produces the best outcome.

When I hear about students speech and instagram post about the “all nighters, dominos pizza, eating chocolate was all worth it.” I semi-cringe, because in honesty I believe in TRUE BALANCE.  No one’s gonna die or you’re not gonna save the world if you don’t reply to an eboard concern, class project or a professor’s email. I have classmates who studies the whole week and never picked up a weight, ate healthily or did something to take care of themselves besides netflix and chill. Note: I do think netflix days are important and prime but SELF-CARE is more important.

Here are some tips I have done during my time here at UB with all the included photos of the locations!


1) Mindfulness

I have multiple apps on my phone such as mindfulness when I need a breather from studying. Sometimes when I go to sleep, I play a mindfulness based meditation to let me breathe or even between studying. This allows me to think about the moment, not my current project or fear of failing nursing school!


2) Enjoying UB’s nature such as Baird Point

As paradoxically as people say about the cold winter at Buffalo, There are beautiful nature spots  here  at Buffalo that you can’t find in places like New York City (Which half of UB students are from) p.s: Don’t mind the geese!


3)Jogging at Ellicott Creek Trail

Every finals week, I tend to visit this place and enjoy the sunset. There were past moments that I felt like zen here as I jogged. When the sunset, birds chirping and the fresh air all synced in at once to me, I would feel infinite.


4)Working out (Running, Yoga, Stretches, Powerlifting, UB Workout Classes)

I do practice yoga and just youtube search “five minute yoga, stress relief yoga, study break yoga” Trust me the saving grace of five minutes of self-care will make a difference and can energize you to study 4 more hours with a proper mindset. Along with weightlifting, I enrolled in a High Intensity Interval Training class this semester which I also enjoyed so much.


5)Joining an organization,church etc

When school isn’t the best, a support system is great. UB has 150+ clubs and organization so see what best fits. Surround yourself with groups that promote positive vibes, who will push and motivate you!


6) Eat Healthy: Meal Prep!

Multiple research studies show that healthy eating produces good brain and memory benefits. During my weightloss journey of freshman year Edgy Veggies was my enemy especially finals week. My brain would always automatically think  “yes sizzles, yes elli, yess hamburger” But I started switching from hot chocolate or coffee in the morning to green tea or from pretzel snacks to the celery and carrots from the Capen Cafe or the new Whispers. Eventually the old habits of unhealthy eating dies with new healthy ways.  Keep trying!


7) BALANCE: You don’t have to say yes to everything but make sure to do what you love, take care of yourself and that will produce better grades and outcomes. Do what works for you but making sure you take care of yourself in the process.


108 Hours in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. I am a NURSE!

Posted by aasalina on May 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

At the end of my senior year nursing school students are placed  on their  final clinical rotation working  1 on 1 with a nurse. I was luckily picked in the Medical Intensive Care Unit  (MICU) at Erie County Medical Center. The MICU is regarded as higher level of acuity where patients are medically acute that without any medication they can die at that moment.

As a student at this floor, I was able to truly see the current Buffalo  Public Health issues that are epidemically rising. Opioid, Alcohol overdoses & withdrawal, Congestive Heart Failure Exacerbations, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Kidney Failure or Multi Organ Failure. It was so saddening to see but it was humbling to provide care for this population.  While I can’t provide what kind of scenarios I have experienced, this rotation has taught me about the importance of mental health issues, primary prevention of diet, smoking prevention. I have seen the worst in this rotation on what drug, alcohol, smoking or obesity abuse can cause to your body medically. It was also saddening to see that the system is so broken as we see some people enter the hospital, become medically stable but then come back a few days with the same or different issue. I believe that the root cause of everything is sometimes the family dynamics, mental health issue, homelessness etc that caused them to enter the hospital which should be fixed.

In terms of learning, I loved that in this unit pharmacy, social work, physician,  respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses are all on the same closed unit. I was able to learn so much from the different professions such as why would pharmacy recommend one medication over a different medication with the same action,  differential diagnoses from different physicians, nurses who are continuously titrating critical care saving medications to reach a medical goal for the patient.

Buffalo currently has critical pertaining health issues and epidemic. I am glad to be in the frontline as a future nurse and see this issues now in the clinical setting.


SUNY Chancellor’s Award Post Thoughts

Posted by aasalina on May 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

This past April , I visited Albany for the SUNY Chancellor’s Award. 250 students with proud family members as each name were called. Personally,  it meant more than an award,  it was a ceremony that inspired and verified all of the hard work that I and other students have worked for. There are currently 250,000 SUNY students and 250 students were chosen to be there that day estimating as Nancy Zimpher mentioned “You are the  0.6 %”

As a Filipino immigrant here in the United States,  and coming from a highschool that didn’t really encourage students to attend a SUNY school. It was more than an award, it was a motivation and verification from the past years of serving and working hard as a student. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher mentioned along the lines of “You are  the leaders of tomorrow, you will be the changes  of the world and you are considered the best of the best, your peers will count on you.” When I heard this, I almost wanted to tear (lol). It is because of all the hardships and days that sometimes I became frustrated of all the commitments I took as an undergraduate or when my leadership or service didn’t go as planned as I would have liked it.

That day felt like I made it and I have really made my parents proud. Immigrating here to America about 8 years ago from a rural farm in the Philippines is not easy. I would have never imagined I would be standing that day especially in New York.  I saw from my parents expression how proud they are as they have traveled three hours away and off work just to see me receive an award. I look back and realize how much  of what my parents have sacrificed to have this  kind of great education.

It inspires me to continue making a difference or keep striving for goodness. If you really love what you do, the awards wouldn’t start to matter but it is about the impact you make to the people around you. Thank you SUNY! #SUNYSTANDS