Me and My Personal Statement – Guest Post

Looking back at the past, one of my dreams when I was a tenth-grader was to enter a prestigious college in the country and study medicine. Back then, my choices were Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College. I’m now a student at a good medical school, although it might not be as great as the schools of my dream.

There was a time when I thought I could not enter a good college because of my grades. I’m a good student, but there were
occurrences that caused me to lower my guards and to become lax in my studies.

But why am I now a medical student?

The main reason why I am now studying a medical course is because I was able to convince the people manning the admission committee of my chosen university that I am suited to become a doctor.

How? Just through my personal statement. When I submitted my application to the UCAS, prime agency in charge of admissions in the UK, I made sure that I included a very convincing and emotion-moving personal statement. It was my only chance to prove that I am suited to become a medical student!

Well, I did focus all my personal feelings into my personal statement. That was the only way that I could justify my grades in high
school and persuade the university to accept me.  Of course, I have to support my statement with facts. I also focused on parading my skills and strengths, on how I could use them to succeed in this course. I also outlined my hobbies and interests that show the attitude that I could use to spring myself to success.

I think those were the secret why I’m now a medical student. I would not mind if you pattern your statement after mine!

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Where:  317A W. 33rd St. (in Manhattan—33rd and 8th Ave near Penn Station), New York, NY

When:  Monday, March 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (all guests are requested to arrive by 6:45 pm)

Cost: Free of charge

The Landmark Forum is a 3.5-day seminar centering on a unique and seldom-studied area of practical philosophy known as “ontology.” In independent research, more than 94% of participants surveyed reported that The Landmark Forum made a “profound and lasting difference” in their lives. In addition to the benefits participants expected to receive, they reported entirely unexpected benefits, including:

• More satisfaction, peace of mind, happiness, and enjoyment in their jobs, studies, and other pursuits.

• Better relationships with co-workers, families & friends.

• Renewed ability to create career opportunities; clarity to make important decisions regarding one’s future career.

• New ability to be fully self-expressed; freedom from resentment and regret.

In this evening you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the Landmark Forum, connect with other Veterans and potentially discover some of the decisions you’ve made in your past that, the knowledge of which, will have a profound impact on your future.

Your family members, friends, co-workers are absolutely invited as well.

As indicated in the flyer, this Special Introduction is being held on Monday, March 26th, at 7:00 PM (arrive at 6:45 PM), at Landmark Education’s Manhattan location: 317-A West 33rd St. (between 8th & 9th Aves.) (closer to 8th Ave., on the North/uptown side of 33rd St.)

To reserve a seat, email Karen Aramino at: karamino@landmarkeducation.net



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PTSD: What to Do When Your Spouse has PTSD

Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a difficult and often dangerous mental condition for patients and those around them, the immediate family, the children and especially the spouse. PTSD happens when someone comes back from a truly horrible, violent or near-death experience. Something in the brain snaps; gets rewired and the person with PTSD has no choice but to relive those traumatizing moments physically, mentally and emotionally.

When undiagnosed or untreated, what happens later is an endless stream of coping or adapting to the partner’s bouts of depression and feelings of weakness or uselessness by continuously comforting the partner; of staying up late when the partner experiences horrible nightmares or night terrors related to the experience or even during the day; of being wary for sudden mood swings that sometimes become violent; and of juggling everyday activities like work and chores amidst the demands for attention.

PTSD is a mental condition that needs to be treated and it will simply not go away by hugs and kisses and promises that ‘everything is all right’. Here are some things that need to be done if you have a spouse with PTSD.

Seek professional help – Even though the prospect is hard to accept, your spouse needs professional help and later even you. As a mental condition, professional psychologists can help heal your partner’s troubled psyche and also prescribe the appropriate medication to ease the symptoms.

Set up a security plan – PTSD can be dangerous especially when your spouse experiences vivid waking nightmares or flashbacks. Your spouse can be dangerous to his/herself and everyone around him/her because your partner might be reliving an experience and might not be able to differentiate what’s real. Set up things like having a wireless phone anywhere in the house in case you need help, keep dangerous objects like knives and guns in places easily accessible only to you and practice a quick exit.

Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir

In this dark humored War Memoir, Iraq veteran Michael Anthony discusses his return from war and how he defeated his PTSD. Civilianized is a must read for any veteran, or anyone who knows a veteran, who has returned from war and suffered through Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

dark humored military memoir“An intense memoir.” -Kirkus

“I wont soon forget this book.” -Mary Roach

“A must read.” -Colby Buzzell

“[S]mart and mordantly funny.” –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Anthony delivers a dose of reality that can awaken the mind…” Bookreporter

Order your copy of Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir .

Check out some of our other posts on PTSD.

Main Updated Article: Best Ways to Treat PTSD for You or Your Spouse.

What To Do When Your Child Has PTSD.

What To Do When Your Spouse Has PTSD.

What To Do To Prevent PTSD.

Is PTSD genetic?


First Post – New Site

So…I’ve finally done it.  I’ve redesigned the site.  It’s been a long time coming.  The old one was too focused on my first book Mass Casualties, and I had to prepare the site so that I could easily add the new projects that I’m working on.

I decided to go with a blog design so that I’ll be able to post daily.  My goal for this site is to add valuable content to the already vast amount on the internet.  I’ll be detailing what it’s like to be a student after coming back from the war.  I’ll be detailing what it’s like as a struggling writer trying to promote your first book and work on other projects.  I already have some great interviews lined up, and a bunch of people I served with in the military are eager to post and share their knowledge on certain subjects and their opinions on certain political, health and military issues.

An original song to welcome you to the site!


I hope you enjoy, now take a moment to look around the site.

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