New Orleans: Vessel

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One week ago, I submitted my application to some amazing pediatric residency programs. This application process is in some ways easier compared to that of medical school – there are no secondary applications / additional costs, it’s extremely simple to have standardized test scores sent to each school, and the process is just in general streamlined. Nonetheless, this application process is unnerving. It is absolutely wild that…in March I will find out if I have to move for the next three years of my life. To be able to choose where you go to medical school is such a luxury (which, of course, I didn’t appreciate at the time). I’m excited and nervous about what comes next.

Interviews invites have been rolling in and I’m excited about the months of travel to come. I mentioned this on Instagram that as much as I am flattered that you guys are excited to see how this process goes for me, I won’t share specifics about interview invites until after interview season.

So what is going to happen to this space? I’m status post examinations (thank goodness) and beyond graded clerkships. I’ve shared my advice for MS1 – MS3 year coursework. I’ve shared some tips about USMLE 1. I have a few blog posts coming up about USMLE 2 CK and CS in addition to posts about VSAS and ERAS eventually. So back to the original question – what will happen to this space?

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“People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long.” ― Johnny Depp

I turned twenty-one yesterday.

It didn’t dawn on me when I received a barrage of phone calls in the morning; it didn’t dawn on me when my parents, still-dressed in pajamas, sang “Happy Birthday” off-key in a falsetto that I can’t shake; it dawned on me when my siblings hooked their arms through mine in the backdrop of seagulls, the boardwalk, hagglers, and chatter. For a moment, all I thought was it has happened. I had crossed, seemingly, the purgatory that lies between girlhood and womanhood.

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