Welcome to the Blackbelt Medic. This is the web home of Nathaniel Bland: Former Firefighter, Paramedic, EMS Educator, 2nd Degree Blackbelt, and student.
So, it's been a few weeks. In that time I've been home to California, on several trains, on several beaches, been to In-N-Out many times, driven a Mini Cooper, had the best Pizza in the world, had more In-N-Out, played Switchfoot on the beach, swam in the ocean, had seafood, had more In-N-Out, and other stuff. Let's talk about a few of these events!
My Spring semester ended on May 14th, thus ending my first academic year here at the good ol' University of New Mexico. It's been a heck of a year. Lots of weird things, lots of cool things, and lots of good things have happened. I've had huge highs and some sad lows, but it's all in the course of life. Anyway, I finished my last final on the 14th, and a couple days later I had all my grades. I made all A's and one B. This boosted my GPA to a 3.7 which is great news for me as I look toward medical school. But that's all beside the point of this post. Four days later, on the 18th, I got on a train and headed west. West towards a final ending point of San Luis Obispo. Of California. Of home. This was the first time I'd been on a train since I was little. It was about a 24 hour trip all total and boy was it interesting.
Good evening everyone. Sorry it’s been a while since my last post. I tried to write it twice in the past couple weeks, but both times my browser got closed and I didn't save the work, so it all went away. Now I’m getting smarter and typing it all up in word first. That good college education? Possibly….
Either way, here we are. As I sit here it’s the first day of finals week here at the University of New Mexico. Finals week at school means a couple things. One, if you don’t have homework in the class there’s nothing to do. If you DO have homework in the class, it’s usually a lot when coupled with studying for the final. The past 2-3 weekends have been that. Lots of that. I’m so excited for this semester to be done with. With this post I kinda wanted to look back at the past school year and think of a few things.
You know, it's strange...My cousin has worked for Cal Fire for well over ten years. I was probably 10 or 12 when he first began. It was something I never considered; well, to be honest, I had thought about it and I didn't really want to be a fire fighter. I don't remember why. I would watch him run off at all hours when my family would be there visiting. Always so excited. It didn't matter when it was., when his pager went off he'd run off and sometimes be gone for minutes, sometimes hours. Christmas, Thanksgiving, and all other times. I'll never forget the time he got so excited running off to his first structure fire.
Anyway, I never really thought much of it. I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I didn't think it was gonna be a fire fighter. That all changed one night in Amador County, California.
My name is Nathaniel. Or as the online name I've picked states, The Blackbelt Medic. It's a bit of a flash name I suppose, but when I was faced with having to pick a domain name and a name for this blog site I decided to pick two of my favorite things: karate and being an EMS provider. Despite the word "medic" in the name, I am not a paramedic yet. More on that later. I am however a 2nd degree blackbelt in Ko Sutemi Weisi Kan Karate. I first started in karate when I was about 8 years old back in late 1999 or 2000. I don't remember the exact date. The point of this site is to provide a slate for the coming years of my life. I have tried to blog before but lacked the motivation to keep up with it. That all recently changed.
I am currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I attend the University of New Mexico. Go Lobos!! Woof woof woof....hehe. I am originally from California. Northern California. Small little town called Volcano, but these days I am a student with the UNM School of Medicine: Department of Emergency Medicine EMS Academy. I am pursuing the completion of my undergraduate degree in Emergency Medicine with a focus on Emergency Medical Services. The core of the degree in their Paramedic program. I was just accepted into the program after the application process which consisted of the application, two letters of recommendation, a entrance test, two interviews, and then waiting. Of course the waiting was the hardest part. I waited nearly 2 weeks from the time I knew they made admission decisions for my letter to arrive. I got it on 4/16/2014. I went for a walk about 11:30pm and ended up checking my mail to find a large manila envelope bearing the return address of the UNM School of Medicine. I grabbed it and felt more than one piece of paper; at this point I got really excited and opened it. I was accepted!
Welcome to the Blackbelt Medic. This is the web home of Nathaniel Bland: Firefighter, EMT, EMS Educator, 2nd Degree Blackbelt, University Faculty, and student. Here you will find his blog, information on Albuquerque Karate classes, and information for him classes at the University of New Mexico.