Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Getting Ready for Adventure!

Hi Everyone!

I just registered for my senior year of classes. Whoa.

I’M SO EXCITED!! It’s coming so fast and I’m going to miss everyone but I am more than excited to officially be called Nurse Caroline Brewer, RN BSN!

I hope everyone is doing wonderful! This semester has been the wildest by far but I wanted to stop by and update everyone a little with what’s been going on in life. Nursing school is tough but well worth all the work and will only a couple more weeks of school left this semester, I’m going to make it!

Ronald McDonald House is going strong. We have a meal coming up next week and Kevin, Alex, and I are all working hard to get it organized. Kevin is in charge of the menu (I’m trying to relinquish my control because like I mentioned, I’m graduating soon) and I am very happy with it so far. I really enjoy serving these people and spending time with the other Levine Scholars. If you’re looking for a great organization to work with in the community, check out your local Ronald McDonald House. They really do great things for the sick children and their families and it’s a fun service activity. Oh, and go get a Shamrock Shake at McDonalds. Proceeds from the shake go back to you local House. I think that’s a pretty good excuse to get a milkshake!

So my summer is about to be INSANE. I’m planning on spending a great deal of time abroad this summer and you guessed it, I’M EXCITED! And a little nervous…but mostly excited. In June, I am heading to Jerusalem with other Levine Scholars to work on the faculty-led Mount Zion Dig project. Basically, we are spending two weeks at an archeological dig site and exploring Israel. I’ll post the link so you can check it out. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to go to such a historic location and immerse myself in it for two solid weeks. Jerusalem is a critical part of what I personally believe in and I feel so blessed to get to go. Plus, I’m going with my Levine family so I get to share it with other people who I care about.


But this is not the craziest thing I’m doing this summer…

When I leave Jerusalem, I’m going here…

Yep, that’s Mongolia. Yes I said Mongolia. The country between Russia and Asia that many people don’t know anything about except that there was some not so great guy named Genghis Khan who reigned there. Well that’s where I’m going. I will spend 4 weeks working with the local midwives there. Now I know what you’re thinking because I get this a lot and no I’m not going to be living in a ger (the little white nomadic huts in the Gobi Desert). I will be living with a host family in the capital city of Ulaan Baatar. No, I don’t know any of the local language (Mongolian) because it sounds like a smash up of Chinese and Russian and there is no way I would learn that before I left.

Mongolian Ger
See what I mean about the language...AHHH!

I chose Mongolia because of my passion for pregnancy and birth. I won’t go into it, but I have worked in an American hospital, an out of hospital unmedicated birth center, and I wanted to go somewhere that the culture of birth is very different so I could actually learn something new. So here I go to Mongolia.  It took some convincing to get everyone on board with me going here, but I have only heard wonderful things about the people and the country. I will be taking a ridiculous amount of pictures to share with everyone.

I think this about wraps up what’s going on in my life lately. It’s about Easter time and I just bought my Easter hat to wear to our family lunch. My grandmother and I wear the hats every year as part of our tradition. So I’m heading home in a few days to relax and recoup to finish these last couple of weeks. My pooch is still great and handsome and brings me great joy. Oh and I’m very excited that our new class of scholars is starting to form! I can’t wait to meet you all!!! 

Max says bye bye!