Matt Waters, MS2
How do you manage to stay balanced and healthy in spite of the busy med school schedule?
Prioritize. As Dr. Chuang always says, “You can do the things you like to do, maybe just not all of them.” For me, staying balanced requires putting as much time and thought into studying as it does into other activities, or what I like to call “productive relaxation”. This doesn’t mean “productive” in a busy manner, it means that if you’re going to relax, don’t half-ass it. Our well-being (physical and emotional health) now is just as critical to being a good doctor as our academics are, and we need to actively foster it.
Why do you want to become an advocate and what three qualities will you bring to the job?
The transition into Medical School is both exciting and overwhelming, and I greatly appreciated the support I received from my advocates. I want to share my experiences with new MS1s, to both welcome them into the great Carolina Medicine Family and to offer them guidance on the adjustment. Three qualities I will bring to this position: my energy/enthusiasm, my approachability, and my diligent work ethic (and also… I will bring my vast Game of Thrones and ---insert fantasy novel--- trivia knowledge).
What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to an MS1 at the beginning of the year?
In the words of Douglas Adams and A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: “Don’t Panic”. From my experience there isn’t one way to study that is the best and there definitely isn’t one career track. With so much information given at Orientation and the vast potential of medicine, it’s easy for the HR and cortisol levels rise. Take a DEEP breath, remember you were accepted into med school for a reason, put your noggin to work, and think about what is best for you.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? What would you have people call you?
I would love to have the Force! People would address me as Jedi Master Matt.
If you had a theme song that played every time you entered a room, what would it be?
Lady Gaga: “Edge of Glory”
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Easy: my mother’s sweet potato casserole; there is no chef in the world quite like the Mama Waters.