No one talks about rejection, so I will. For starters, here's what a rejection looks like: I was so upset after receiving this letter. Not necessarily because I didn't get into Harvard, but because I just could not shake the "YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH" feeling that came with the decision. My rejection made me question … Continue reading A Lesson From Rejection
I’ve always dreaded making posts on fitness. Every time I’ve tried to consistently work out, I’ve failed four weeks in, mainly because of school and work getting in the way and not seeing any significant results. Consequently, it seemed hypocritical to make posts about being fit when I’m not there yet. On Sunday, however, I … Continue reading Committing to My Fitness Journey
It's March 16th. At this time, it's important and considerate not to keep holding on to spots at schools you're certain of not attending. Composing the ideal withdrawal letter after accepting a place at medical school can be a bit anxiety provoking. Being polite about withdrawals, however, is extremely important because some residency programs are … Continue reading How to Politely Withdraw from a Med School
When I began seriously considering medicine as a career sophomore year, one of the first things I looked up was what it took to get accepted into medical school. Time and time again, many mentors familiar with the med school application process stressed how important extracurriculars were to getting accepted. Gone are the days where … Continue reading Extracurriculars: Standing out to the Adcom
"If it costs you your peace, it is too expensive" We all have our reasons for doing things-more experience, more money, more something--but, we often don't take the time to consider the price of that something more. I just started a new job last week because I felt an urgency to save up more money … Continue reading What’s The Cost?
A couple of weeks ago my mom called me to tell me that she was thinking of buying a desk bike... yes, a desk bike. After asking what a desk bike was, and learning that it is a set of pedals that conveniently(?) fits under your desk allowing you to pedal while you work, I … Continue reading Is Your Job Making You Fat?
In part one of this series, I talked about planning and staying organized. Organization and concrete plans are essential as they tie into almost every aspect of college success. Today, I want to discuss how you can use those planning and organization skills to make your four-year plan, balance your course load, and select the … Continue reading Succeeding in College II: Planning ahead, Course Load & Professors
Like many freshmen, I came into college ill-prepared for college courses. I got through high school without doing much; I studied the night before tests, did my homework during lunch and still got As in most of my classes. Naturally, I came into college a little overconfident. I thought I could do it all. So … Continue reading Succeeding in College Part 1: My Freshman Year Wake-Up Call
At many of the medical schools I interviewed at, I noticed an interesting trend. The traditional applicants, who’d taken the conventional college to medical school route, were outnumbered by the non-traditional applicants. Given that the term nontraditional can be equivocal, I’d like to clarify that I use the term to refer to individuals who choose … Continue reading Paradigm Shift: The New Traditional Applicant
There are days, sometimes even weeks, where we often feel unmotivated and reluctant to be productive. We’ve all at one point or another put off completing an important but irksome task to watch our favorite Netflix shows or to catch some extra sleep. And when we do get down to completing such irksome tasks, we … Continue reading A Pickaxe, Termites and Some Insight
I first became aware that I was viewed differently in my junior year of high school. Despite often being the only African American in many settings, I never viewed my race as something that set me apart from everyone else. After a classmate shared his demeaning and callous opinions about African Americans, I realized the … Continue reading Mentorship: Laying a Foundation for the Future
Last year, following my third knee surgery and a new diagnosis of arthritis, my orthopedic surgeon banned me from running. Runs were an essential component of my workout regime and I was in desperate need of a new form of cardio to replace it. I get bored very easily and so the classic 30 minutes … Continue reading Staying Fit with HIIT