What does a typical day of work look like for you?
“I work in the blood bank section and my day typically starts around 3 pm. I begin the day by checking instruments that I plan on using during tests, as well as the regents, card supply, QC and machine conditions too. What I do depends on which area I will be working in, but I usually am at the blood test bench for compatibility testing. I also work in an area where I process and modify blood units and blood product medication types on some days too. When I am in the reference section, I work to identify antibodies via different kinds of special techniques and procedures. All-in-all, I double-check everything to ensure that I maintain accuracy and quality of work.”
Where is home for you and what was it like growing up there?
“I am from Guagua, Pampanga, a region in the Philippines. It is a small town comprised of multitalented people, who handcraft guitars, sculptures and furniture. My provincial life was simple, practical and ideal. I am an only child in a family that also has four adorable dogs. Me and my mother love to watch horror and holiday films, while both my father and me love Starbucks. My family is my backbone and have helped me remain humble, grounded and driven.”
Tell us a little bit about your journey so far.
“It has been 10 months since I began my journey, but I still feel flabbergasted that I am in a country where I have long dreamed of living. It was not easy, but I have learned to utilize experiences from back home and apply them to my time here. I have been able to zero in on utilizing my creativity, further develop my decision-making skills and overcome challenges in living alone in another country without the comfort of family. America, both its land and people, is wide and diverse. The varying cultures promise new experiences and learning, all of which continue to pave my professional and personal development and growth.”
Have you adapted well to American culture?
“It is definitely a work-in-progress in adapting to American culture and I must admit, it is not easy, considering I grew up embracing the Filipino culture and traditions. Things that fill my appetite here are things like, burgers, fries, milkshakes and coffee. This year, things have been halted by an unprecedented pandemic, but it did not stop me from experiencing holidays like, Independence Day and Thanksgiving, which put me in the warming presence of my fellow MedPro International Explorers. I’m looking forward to my favorite time of the year as Christmas approaches!”
What are some of the biggest differences between your home and where you live now?
“One of the biggest differences, for me, between my homeland and America, is the invitation of total self-dependence and to heed the call of self-recognition. It is undeniable that I am in a comfort zone, as are most people, in being in the presence of family and friends, but in moving to a new country, you must answer the call of independence. America has taught me, day-by-day, that independence is vital to knowing your purpose, developing on your weaknesses and valuing your strengths.”
How important has the MedPro Experience been for you?
“A famed novel is quoted, ‘The World May Not be a Wish-Granting Factory’, but MedPro International is. The company helped me realize my ‘American Dream’ and has remained with me throughout my professional development and personal growth. I am also grateful to have such a great Personal Journey Guide in Nancy Weeks, who is always there to listen and ensure I am guided and accomplished.”
What would you tell healthcare professionals interested in MedPro International?
“Dreams are valid, regardless of how big or small they may be. MedPro International helped me reach my goals in this country. To those who shelving their dreams of pursuing healthcare jobs in America, just know that MedPro has never failed to be my guiding light since my first day on this journey. Start believing that you can pursue this dream and then fulfill it.”
What’s your American hometown like?
“Missouri has a lot to offer, including a variety of renowned state parks, museums, wineries and cave systems, throughout and across the state. I’ve been to Forest Park, the Saint Louis Art Museum, Historic Main Street of Saint Charles, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and the famous Gateway Arch National Park as well. Eventually, I want to step out of my comfort zone, put my hiking boots on and explore the numerous hiking trails and caves that Mo. has to offer.”
What other states and cities have you visited so far?
“Since arriving in America over 10 months ago, I have been fortunate to have visited Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Louis, Mo., Nashville, Tenn., San Francisco, Calif., Chicago, Ill., and numerous parts of Colorado which, so far, has been my favorite, in experiencing it with my fellow MedPro Explorers. I had previously never before seen such a scenic and beautiful landscapes in my life, like snow-covered mountains and frozen lakes. Chicago was my second-favorite spot. I had always dreamed of living in a big American city and it reminded me of a vintage movie scene. Nashville was great too, because of all the great music. I tried the ‘best biscuit in America’ there. I have also seen the famous California landmarks, like the Golden Gate Bridge and Santa Cruz Beach.”
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