Greetings from aboard the USNS Mercy! I finally made it on the ship and I can’t even explain the overwhelming relief of having made it to where I am now, safe and sound. It’s definitely been a tiring trip with all these layovers that I am honestly just really time confused. Thankfully I think I’ll be well adjusted in a couple of days and a bit more well rested. I’ve got a patch on right now that is supposed to help with motion sickness, so that should give my body some time to adjust to the movement of the ship as well. Even with this big of a ship, you can definitely feel the rocking of the ship, which I guess I didn’t really expect.
Some pre-mission thoughts.
Now that I’m on the ship, it all starts to feel a little more real-seeing all of the other officers, lieutenants, enlisted, other NGO volunteers, etc. amazes me with the work that all of these people are able to do collectively.
I’m expecting to really hone my team-building skills and work together with others to provide the best service that we can to those in need.
I’m also expecting that all the routines and schedules will help to instill a better sense of discipline and punctuality. (Being early is on time, being on time is late!)
I hope to expand my knowledge of all the work that the Navy provides, and the different components of the Mercy that work together to make Pacific Partnership possible.
I want to continue to push myself out of my comfort zone and really challenge myself to make meaningful connections with others, learn from my mistakes, ask questions, and gain more experience in and beyond the dental field.
And lastly, I want to walk away from this mission having made lifelong memories and knowledge that will redefine the purpose of the future career I envision for myself, having seen the greater need for service throughout different parts of the world, having formed new connections with people on my team and others on the ship, having been exposed to the impact and change we are able to make in people’s lives and carry all of this newfound knowledge with me wherever life takes me in the future.
Off to a meeting! Until next time.