S: Living on Island Time
BC: Semester Black Class of 2014
FC: Living on Island Time | Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
1: The Journey Begins . . . | In August 2010, I ventured to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts to begin school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. The island would become my home for the next 2.5 years.
2: Caribbean Sea from atop Brimstone Hill | Looking up at Mount Liamigua | Prince of Wales Bastion at Brimstone Hill Fortress | Abandoned sugar cane plantation | Beaumont Park Horse Race Track | On Nevis with St. Kitts National Tree | St. Kitts & Nevis
3: Fort George Citadel at Brimstone Hill Fortress | Black lava rocks on Atlantic Ocean | Saint Eustacia on the north side of St. Kitts | Rainbow over the Atlantic | Pier at Reggae Beach | At the lookout: Caribbean Sea on the right, Atlantic Ocean on the left
4: First Days | Orientation Group on the Catamaran | Hanging with some cannons at the Fort | Our plane to the island got in hours late and with none of our luggage... We got it back 3 days later | On the way back from the beach in the "Proper Ting" bus | Playing games while waiting for Hurricane Earl to arrive
5: White Coat Ceremony | First Semester students are welcomed into the profession with the White Coat Ceremony where students receive their first lab coats and recite the Veterinary Student Oath.
7: Rory moved in shortly after I came to the island. I lived alone and needed someone to keep me company. She has grown out of many of her kitten habits, but still gets great joy out of knocking things over and dive bombing me when I sleep.
8: Road Trip to Nevis | At mid-semester, we were ready for a break. So we jumped in the car and took the ferry to Nevis for a weekend of not studying and checking out the local attractions | Before we left, before the sea-sickness set in | Driving the car off of the ferry
10: Family Visit
11: My family (minus Tom) came to visit during my second semester. My sisters survived their first plane ride and Dad even put on shorts! Even though I had three exams while they were visiting, it was great to have them and I think they enjoyed a relaxing vacation
12: Volcano Hike | Mount Liamigua 3792 feet I made it all the way to the top!
13: Four Wheeling in the Cane Fields
15: Lucie came to live with me and Rory in July 2011. She was found with her litter-mates under a van in Bird Rock. She has become another source of entertainment and a friend to Rory.
16: Sint Maarten | Knee deep in the water somewhere . . .
17: What do you do when you have a three day weekend on a tropical island? Take a trip to visit another tropical island, of course! A 20 minute plane ride let us enjoy a relaxing weekend not studying.
18: Spay Day! | Rory and Lucie both got to spend quality time in their cones. Rory used Lucie's cone to her advantage when they were playing. Although both surgeries went well, Rory had a hernia and got to spend additional time in her cone.
19: Cats and dogs aren't our whole life, but they make our lives whole
20: Studying all the time... | Aimee, Sharon, Angie, and I with our first anesthesia patient, Mowgli | Kay, my first spay! | Me with one of the campus cows I bred | Spunky, our surgery sheep | Bossanova, my equine rotation horse | Sway, our surgery donkey
21: Vet School Injuries | It's said that your first year in practice is rough and you will get lots of injuries. I'm getting a head start on all this and amassing some pretty bruises while still in school. | Ran into the fridge when going to bed one night, may have broken some toes... | Got thrown by Happy, one of the oxen on campus | Kicked by another calf, look at that hoof print! | Caught my leg on a chain on a local farm while dart tranquilizing cattle
22: Additions to my island family | Alli | Lisa | Grace | Will | Lucy | Gisella | Kimberly | Ernie | Chris | Being an Orientation Leader | In May 2012, I got to help new students learn about the island that I love. I hope that I was able to give them the information they need to be successful students while here
24: Mid Semester Cat Trip | Another Trip to Nevis
25: At the Compound | A group of the first and second semesters decided to live in a large complex together, now known as "the compound." Hanging out there with everyone is always a good time. | Logan and Monkey | Piper and Alli in the pool | Piper's Birthday | Logan, Lisa, Alli, and Lisa | Hannah in the pool with Hercules | Lisa and Jared | Timmy keeping the floor clean | The Compound
26: 7th Semester | Had my appendix out on the second day of class; yay surgery in a foreign country! | Semester Olympics, with Morgan and Dale the banana | With Wilbur at Reggae Beach; he died four days later | Beginning of Semester Party the night I got out of the hospital | 7th Semester class at Beachfest | Rory "helping" with laundry
27: Tropical Storm Rafael, five days of rain and wind | With Lyndsey for Mid-Semester Break | Halloween Zombie Bar Crawl | Keith and me at 80's Night | Our class community service project: painting at a day care | Gigi and me at Carambola Thanksgiving
28: Katie and me trying to figure out our wishing lantern | Orientation Group 7 Semesters Later | Just chilling on the bar | With Will and Piper, my favorite bartenders | Me, Keith and Katie | Katie, Lyndsey, and me | Lindsay, Rob and me Best surgery group ever! | Me and Chris, my "date" | Banquet
29: Katie, Lyndsey, Morgan, and me
30: that became
31: I was a little hard on shoes while I was down here. Nothing bandage tape, zip-ties, or duct tape won't fix! | Rory was really getting sick of me leaving her alone the last semester. This was her attempt to keep me from leaving again. | Lucie flew home after 6th semester and spent the last semester in Wisconsin. She wasn't too sure about the flying thing | Odds & Ends | A pigeon came to live on my porch for a few days | One night, I took Lucie out to the bathroom and there was a wheelbarrow full of coconuts! The next morning, they were no longer there. I still have no idea where they all went.
34: Life in St. Kitts | My '94 Nissan Bluebird | I love my Nokia phone; it has a flashlight! 869-765-4359 | No stoplights! But I did become a pro at navigating roundabouts | License plates indicate the type of car: black with a P are personal cars, yellow with a T are taxis, green with an H are buses, and red with an R are rentals | Pay $50 US and you are allowed to drive on the wrong side of the road for a year!
35: An earthquake, Hurricane Earl, and Tropical Storm Rafael | Three words: large, poisonous centipedes | Mongoose were brought in to eat the poisonous snakes | African Green Vervet Monkeys - St Kitts is one of the few Caribbean islands with monkeys | St. Kitts Wildlife | Eastern Caribbean Dollars 2.70 EC = 1 US | A baby tortoise that lives in a tub at my friends', Missy and James, house | The Carnival Victory docked in Port every Friday. Port Zante was built to handle up to five ships at a time, but I never saw more than three
36: Last Days . . . | Reggae Beach one last time to enjoy the sun and say goodbye to Wilbur | Celebrating the end of a successful semester
37: Saying Good-bye (But really just "See you later!") | Rory helping clean and making sure she is coming along | 2.5 years fit into 5 suitcases | Squirrel let Rory and me stay in his house for a few days before leaving | Last day in St. Kitts; rain over the golf course | Airport group hug | Last end of semester Marriott brunch
38: “I'm learning to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I'm training myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and at last begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you." | An incredible journey . . .