“For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Too often, we find ourselves trapped in the mindset of “have to.” I have to go to work. I have to study. I have to go see the new patient in room 6. I have to make time to workout. I have to meet up with my friend for dinner.

I know I am not alone in this.

We, professional students, get caught in the whirlwind of our responsibilities and our interests. To-do lists that stretch far too long down the page serve as our lifesource. We are unfailingly hardworking. We schedule naps. We schedule social time. We fail to be spontaneous.

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“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” — William Faulkner

Happy Fourth of July!

Okay, it appears that my last update was about  my move to New Orleans. Wow, I’ve been pretty absent. So to start, I’ll share with all of you what I’ve been up to since I moved into town.

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“If I murdered someone, she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor. She’s my person.” – Meredith Grey

I know that many if not most premedical students are offended if you ask whether ze watches Grey’s Anatomy. I am not among them. I love Grey’s Anatomy not because of the beautiful actors and actresses. Not because of the pseudo medicine. Not because of the drama. I watch for the raw and beautiful dynamic of Christina (Sandra Oh) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). Friendship should be measured on a scale from 0 to Mere-Christina.

This semester has been interesting. Busy. Dramatic. Evidence: I have not posted in months. I can divide the semester into five components: (1) medical school interviews, (2) laboratory work, (3) extracurriculars, (4) academics, and (5) Scandal. Like I said, this semester has been interesting and not just for me. ’14ers like myself have been flying from coast to coast for job interviews, medical school and law school interviews, and  fellowship interviews. Gradual school interviews are just around the corner. It has been an exciting albeit stressful time.

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