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.
I mentioned in a previous post that I am enrolled in courses for an MPH. As you readers know, I am a candidate for the MD/MPH dual degree. And so, I’m easing into the MPH coursework. In order to: get use to New Orleans before medical school; keep my mind active; make my life easier down the road. I intend to concentrate in Tropical Medicine and so my required coursework is as follows:
I graduated, three days ago. Wow. It’s so surreal and it hasn’t entirely kicked in just yet. I mentioned previously that my sister and my best friend flew into New Jersey to celebrate my birthday prior to graduation shenanigans. Before I get sentimental about graduation and Princeton, I want to describe the whirlwind of events.
In two hours, I will begin the last exam of my undergraduate career. In five hours, the exam will be out of my hands. In six hours, I will sleep. In light of the end, which of rapidly drawing near, of my undergraduate career, I want to think about what comes next: medical school.
Last year, around this time, I was panicking about my personal statement: what could I write that would communicate how I felt about medicine; what would medical schools thing about what I wrote; how would I compare with others? I wrote an essay that was simple (no bells or whistles) and the process of answering the AMCAS prompt: “Why medicine” (paraphrased) re-affirmed my passion for medicine and my interest for public health. And so, I applied to programs with strong MD/MPH programs or medical schools renown for global health initiatives.