My default response when friends ask me “how’s life treating you?”

This isn’t pessimism folks…it’s real life! I think we all can relate to having days where you just feel utterly defeated in your efforts. Some days can even seem futile. Whether people want to admit it or not, med school definitely consists of days like that (at least for me it is).

What motivates me to keep going? Ha! I guess ultimately I know failure is NOT an option. I also don’t try to fight my feelings when they hit. If I have to go cry and yell that sh*t out for a few minutes, then I do. I also find it helpful to exercise or either call a friend who I know won’t say cliche inspirational b.s. to me to make me feel better, but actually listen and let me vent.

We all have good and bad days…one isn’t necessarily better or worse than the other since both are important to cultivating who we are.

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Getting sick during finals

Before getting sick, my days already felt like I’ve hit rock bottom…

Med Student & Resident Relationship 101: Exam Practicals

The Resident pre-exam practicals…

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The Resident during the exam..

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What I’m thinking post-exam…

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When life starts to get TOO real and scary, I sometimes think…

Well folks, I registered for my first set of medical boards (NPLEX Part I  [MD equivalent is STEP I]) today. I take them on August 6th. As I typed in my credit card info to pay the $150 application/registration fee plus $350 for the actual test (that’s right, $450 for a damn TEST), I had the sudden desire to go back to my mother’s womb when the idea of life seemed way more simple. Hahaha, I know I’m not the only one who wants to go back!! I just remember that challenges make us better and stronger human beings. Cheers to living life…the good, the bad…and the ugly! Amen!