“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”- Mark Twain
Looking forward for the new semester and the new upcoming year, I can honestly say that the aforementioned quote is true. We truly have to take the opportunities that we are given. Being here in San Pedro, I tried as a student and as an inhabitant here to grasp and take in everything that I could around me. Living here in San Pedro has been an amazing experience. I learned to immerse in the culture. I was a little hesitant to see how I would adapt to another island. I was originally born in an island of Haiti, but I hadn’t been there for such a long time. So, jumping into another island was going to prove to be a great challenge.
Washington University of Health and Science has taught me so much since last year up until now. I have had the opportunity to lean patience, understanding and compassion like I’ve never had before. It was important for me to step out of my comfort zone to experience life with a different group of people. The Belizean people are in so many ways similar to my own Haitian people. Our food is similar and our way of life as well. We are both hard working nations. Belize is still young but they embody a lot of the strengths that Haiti exhibited in its young days.
My first semester here, I came as a bright-eyed young woman ready to live her dream of attending medical school. I did not know what to expect, but the difficulties came in like a storm. The many challenges came mostly in the amount of information that was covered in such a small amount of time. Anatomy was a feat to say the least but the fact that it is an essential foundation for the medical field, I had to make sure I gave it my all.
I learned an exceptional amount serving as a teaching for Dr. Abdo, Dr. Cruz, Dr. Renae, and Dr. Briceno. Being in this position allowed me to display care for my fellow students and responsibilities on campus. It is a position that I took on with great commitment and motivation to do well and to be an example to peers at school. SGA also allowed me to grow tremendously in my roles with the organization. I was able to go out in the community and be of service to children and adults alike. I am thankful for all that I have learned.
Patience is a virtue and I have been endowed throughout this journey with a great dose of this. I had to be patient in learning and also be at the pace of the island. I had to learn to be laid back and understand that things might take more than one day to be resolved. Even if the streets were flooded, at least the government would take care of it within the week. I suffered through mosquitoes and came out okay, for that I am grateful. San Pedro, I am glad to have met thee, and I shall never forget the experience!!!
Sabine Dorothy Delma