Julia Nugent (MS2)
How do you manage to stay balanced and healthy in spite of the busy med school schedule?
A few things that have worked for me are: exercise (especially running and yoga), having supportive friends and family that I can ask for help, and organization (if you’ve seen my Google calendar, you know what I mean).
Why do you want to become an advocate and what three qualities will you bring to the job?
I think we need a lot of support in medical school, especially during the challenging transition into first year, and I am passionate about making sure we have an environment conducive to happiness and healthiness. If selected, I will put my primary effort and focus into being an advocate during second year and do not have significant other extracurricular activities. Three qualities I will bring to the job are: 1) reliability, 2) positivity, and 3) motivation.
What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to an MS1 at the beginning of the year?
Don’t worry - have fun! The UNC StorySLAM recently reminded me of how important it is to have fun with medicine and reflect on what a great opportunity we have. Though medical school is definitely challenging, I think focusing on enjoying it as an experience in itself, not just a means to an end, is really helpful for maintaining enthusiasm and gratitude while training to become a doctor.
Tell us your favorite joke (PG-13 max, please).
Q: What did one tonsil say to the other? A: Get dressed up – the doctor is taking us out tonight!
If you had a theme song that played every time you entered a room, what would it be?
“The Imperial March” by John Williams (in case you forgot from orientation, Darth Vader is an ENTJ… just like me).
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cheese (no explanation required – cheese is the best food ever)