Olivia Myrick


1. How do you manage to stay balanced and healthy in spite of the busy med school schedule?

I always work best when I’m busy, so the med school schedule definitely keeps me busy enough to take the initiative to budget my time and make sure I get the chance to focus on all aspects of my life.  For me, one of the most important parts to keeping healthy is to have a mental outlet.  I’m able to keep my sanity by blowing off some steam at MedUNCedoos a cappella rehearsals, keeping in touch with undergraduate theater friends, swimming some laps at Bowman Gray, and always making time to catch a movie or a show when I need a break from lecture capture.

2. Why do you want to become an advocate and what three qualities will you bring to the job?

I believe that I have the time, the organization, the exuberance, and the desire to represent my college and connect on a personal basis with next year’s MS1’s by being an Advocate.  In terms of bringing fun qualities to the table, I know that I have 1) a unique journey that brought me to med school, 2) an inexplicable desire to tell everyone how great UNC is, and 3) a great energy and love for meeting new people and making them feel at home.

3. What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to an MS1 at the beginning of the year?

Anything is possible with comfortable sweat pants and a massive coffee mug.

4. What is your favorite artery, organ, or nerve; and why?

Posterior Tibialis*…. Because it sounds like “petrificus totalis.”

[*Note: Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m pretty sure the muscle is “tibialis posterior” which is less cool, so I’d officially have to go with the “posterior tibial” artery – which aaaalmost sounds like “posterior tibialis,” plus it’s in a cool spot and you usually can feel it during CSE’s.]

5. If you had a theme song that played every time you entered a room, what would it be?

“Don’t Rain on my Parade” – the Leah Michelle version from the 2010 Tony Awards. :-)

6. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

It’s always been a rough tie between pumpkin pie and macaroni & cheese.