What would you have me do?

I wrote this poem with my emotions still raw - something I have not done before. I thought of not sharing but doing so felt selfish. I want to show my journey as it is - even in the raw. What would you have me do? I have reflected on my performance. I have asked … Continue reading What would you have me do?

Just one wrong step and it is over.

I wish I was not afraid of failing. The idea wraps itself around me like a pair of tight jeans. But I wear them because I want to them to fit. It is like peering over a cliff to see how far you could fall. Just one, wrong step and it is over. It is … Continue reading Just one wrong step and it is over.

What can I say about 3rd year?

Since starting my third year of medical school my life has changed A LOT! The biggest change has been my study habits — I no longer spend 4+ hour studying each night. Instead, I have been able to watch tons of movies, spend time with the people I love and sleep-in on the weekends. This may … Continue reading What can I say about 3rd year?

Wow, half-way there!

Yikes, it has been some time since my last post. When medical students say they are busy, they aren't joking. This past year has been a whirlwind. Not only did winter drag on for what seemed like forever, but step one loomed over my head and my extracurricular responsibilities were ever-present. Even so, here I … Continue reading Wow, half-way there!

M is for…

For those who just started school again and need a little boost, this is for you. If you're anything like me, then you definitely weren't ready for school to start. Or may be you were ready! Then, I suggest coming back to this post when you're lacking some much needed motivation. To start off the … Continue reading M is for…

MS I? Check.

Just over a year ago, I was sitting in Jack Trice Stadium ready to accept my college diploma. Little did I know I’d eventually find myself writing this blog post, after just completing my first year of medical school! It seems unreal that these past 10 months have flown by. At times, I wasn’t even … Continue reading MS I? Check.

When Emotions Come to Play

This past block I cried during a standardized patient interview. I could easily blame my reaction on the stressors of medical school, but it was much more than that. Before I even entered the room, I was already expecting a difficult patient as that was the focus of the block. We were learning how to … Continue reading When Emotions Come to Play

The Cold, Frigid Season We Call Winter

As hard as I tried, I wasn't able to leave the Midwest. Don't get me wrong I tried. I really did. I tried when I applied for college and I tried when I applied for medical school. But fate has it out for me; I was meant to stay here. I was born and raised … Continue reading The Cold, Frigid Season We Call Winter

Too Much To Handle Part 2

I often found myself thinking: I'm learning so that I can become a good physician. Not just to get good grades, to be at the top of the class, or even compete with my classmates. No, I'm learning to care for patients, for people, for my friends, my classmates and my family. I'm devoting my … Continue reading Too Much To Handle Part 2