Renatta Craven

(me on the right)

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

Staying balanced in med school can be challenging but I manage to maintain my wellness thanks to a dog and a roommate who never leave me alone. You probably know them—Reggie and Michelle. My two loves keep my life fun and in perspective. Reggie makes me run every day and play fetch endlessly. Michelle makes me drink wine and leave the house. Thanks to both of them, my neurotransmitters are as balanced as they can be.

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

I want to share my excitement and gratitude towards medical school with incoming students. I don’t want new students to just be excited that they’re going to be doctors one day-- they need to be excited about the magnitude of awesomeness that is being a UNC med student. My energy, commitment and love for event planning will help instill excitement and a sense of community to incoming students.

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

Look at the big picture. If you focus too much on the small tasks you get overwhelmed. Just remember… who do they call the guy who graduates last in his medical school class?

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

The appendix – because it’s just chilling out and being useless but can still cause you problems. Kind of like men.

5. If you could have any super power, what would it be? What would you have people call you?

The ability to eat whatever I want, in whatever amount I want, and not gain weight. People would call me “That B***h.”

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

Easy. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches (if that counts as three things then just peanut butter)