For the past few weeks, I've been editing medical school personal statements. I never considered this as a way to help future medical students, but I'm thrilled to be able to support others where I can. Polishing them so that they shine can be challenging at times, but the payoff is incredibly rewarding when people … Continue reading Personal Statement Dos and Donts
Update: Since I writing this, I found Lauv's "Modern Loneliness", which sums up my feelings pretty well. During my gap year, I had no idea how to make new friends. I had a hard time adjusting because friends who used to live down the street were now spread across the country. We were separated by … Continue reading Lonely But Not Alone
Starbucks/ Bubble tea Giftcards: A gift your student will appreciate whether it's for the 8th straight hour of studying or a little pick-me-up. Low Maintenance Plants: Houseplants help remove indoor pollutants while uplifting one's mood and boosting productivity. Air plants, succulents, devil's ivy, and snake plants are almost indestructible and provide many benefits. They're a … Continue reading A Med Student’s Wishlist
If you decide to take a some time off from school, the world truly is your oyster because there are so many things to do during this precious time. It's becoming more common to take time off before starting graduate or professional school and there's no shame in doing this! It allows for a pause … Continue reading A Gap Year Guide
If you don't want to hear my life story, scroll to the bottom for more general gap year thoughts! With my gap year and last true summer of freedom coming to a close, I've been increasingly doubtful as to whether I've made the most of my time. Have I made enough meaningful memories and done … Continue reading Gap Year Reflections
You go to college to get more knowledge, but it's the involvement in other things that make these years memorable and worthwhile. What are extracurriculars needed for medical school? Though it's recommended to have at least one medically related extracurricular experience, join whichever organizations interest you. Remember quality over quantity. Pick some that resonate with … Continue reading Undergraduate Extracurriculars
Because of a fantastic AP biology teacher senior year of high school and my enthusiasm for science facts, I decided without hesitation that I would become a biological sciences major. However, in my third year, I learned more about my school's young but thriving neuroscience program. Then, during my last year of undergrad, my roommate … Continue reading Majors, Classes, and GPAs. Oh my!
The cramming of stuffing and other Thanksgiving goodness has been replaced with the last minute cramming of material before the semester's end. I've done my fair share of studying this summer, so I've compiled a list of some of my favorite study spots in case you were looking for a change in studying scenery. Ebrik … Continue reading Atlanta’s Coziest Coffee Shops for Studying