The life and times of Walker
Walker's blog for recording his life and such. Please come and confab with me.
- Name: Steve Walker
- Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
I grew up in suburban Melbourne, I went to school and did all the usual stuff, did pretty well and got into a University. I enjoy soccer a lot and hope to spend the next years of my life traveling. I'm also a Arts and Science student and I'm majoring in Microbiology and Anthropology. I'm going to med school next year and hopefully will go onto to work in the Public Health/Development field somewhere in East Africa. I believe strongly in the power of people to change society and plan to live my life in such a way that the people around me are changed.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Letter to my local member
I am a young and new member of your electorate - I moved here at the beginning of the year to begin studying medicine at the University of Sydney.
I write to you because I am disappointed with how the Government has chosen to treat asylum seekers. While small in number, the discussion - from both Liberal and now from Labor - has presented this group as a threat and as illegal. They are neither. I think this dishonesty reflects badly on you - as a member and as a party - and I think that this electorate realises when it is being lied to, even if other electorates do not. We - and I - will not vote for a Government that lacks any moral courage on such an issue.
Upon inspecting the candidates in the electorate I cannot help but notice that the Greens candidate Sam Byrne has a strong history of supporting the welcoming of refugees to our country; he also is taking a strong stance on Climate Change (another issue the current government has shown moral weakness on). As it currently stands I intend for vote him. However, I am emailing you because I am a believer in many of the values the Labour Party has historically stood for, but I see these as being absent in the current direction of the Labor Party. Basically I want you to convince me that you can do better.
I hope you will relay this sentiment of one young voter to those in your party, I know that I will certainly be relaying it to those in your electorate.
Monday, March 08, 2010
Med. so far
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 08, 2010
One thing that was surprising was the level of educational resources we get as med students--it's far beyond anything I experienced as an undergraduate. The online materials are full videos and have chapters that you can easily flip through, there's a lot more availability of staff, and a lot more thinking put into each unit and how it adds toward the teaching of good clinical/medical skills.
Another thing that surprised me is how involved we are expected to be from the beginning. Tomorrow will be in the clinical school, and while we will have no patient contact, there will be patient contact from next week. I spoke to a 2nd year about this and he was saying how from the very beginning we are getting in there and doing actual medical tasks like giving stitches and so on (with the supervision of the medical staff at the hospital). I find this idea a bit scary to be honest. But really it shouldn't be long till I'm right into it. It seems like great fun and quite the learning curve!
Friday, February 05, 2010
Photos of the Campus
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Photos of St Pauls
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Desensitisation to blood donation...
All that effort, and yet, unfortunately today the reaction was the same, if not a little worse than last time. This was somewhat distressing as I have been worrying about whether this bad reaction was just the tip of the iceberg, and that underneath it all lay a large fear of blood, needles, etc. However, I have reason to believe this is not the case. As my day wasn't all bad news. When at dinner tonight one of the 4th year med students asked about my day I mentioned how I'd given blood. He immediately told me he couldn't and went on to explain "it made him faint", not because of some phobia but merely because of the change in blood pressure due to fluid loss.
This has put me a bit more at ease about the whole predictament--something in retrospect I seem to have become more stressed about than necessary.
Monday, February 01, 2010
Move to Sydney
The college is the oldest in Australia and has a original component and a part built over the late 50's and 60's. I am currently staying in a room in this newer section, and its a bit dingy. However, that's just because there is the Edinburough military tattoo here at the moment (practicing on the oval as I write). Once there gone, I get upgraded to a 4 (small) roomed apartment also in this newer section. I am bit sad I am not in the original part of the college, but from what I can see the apartment I have is bigger than anything there. So I haven't done too badly.
So far I have met just one of the permenant residents of St Paul's. Matt, a post-graduate law student, and the sub-warden. His quite friendly and has explained to me the layout and general workings of the college. It seems that as a grad student I get a few more perks, such as very plush and fancy senior students common room, an elevated table at the dining hall, and the aforementioned rooms. All this, and the fact that my scholarship here makes it a cheaper option have tipped the balance toward me staying in college rather than elsewhere--I doubt I would have enjoyed staying here as an undergraduate.
Also I must say I am pleased not to be in the boat of a lot of the other med students I know who are struggling to find accomodation in a tight rental market that is biased against students (and well also those without a rental history).
Once I have unpacked a little more I shall post some photos.