Drew Barber (MS2)
How do you manage to stay balanced and healthy in spite of the busy med school schedule?
I think it’s important to force myself to take breaks from studying, even when I am behind on the material and really need to catch up (which is every day for me). I like to get regular exercise because it helps me relieve some stress. I also try to hang out with classmates outside of class time as much as possible (the best is going on Cookout runs…)
Why do you want to become an advocate and what three qualities will you bring to the job?
I really want to make the transition to med school as easy as possible for the incoming MS1’s. I love meeting new people, so being an advocate would be perfect for me. I know that we all have or will face some sort of adversity while we are in med school, and I know that I will be there to help in any way possible whenever an MS1 finds themself in a tough spot next year. I am a great listener and will always make time to help someone in need. Also, I have no other commitments for next year, so I will have plenty of time to focus on the incoming class.
What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to an MS1 at the beginning of the year?
Don’t get too caught up in the stresses of studying and learning every single detail from every lecture. Med school is about more than just learning the facts, and I think making time in your life for things outside of schoolwork is really important to staying happy and healthy.
What is your favorite artery, organ, or nerve; and why?
The lungs. Did you get a chance to touch them in anatomy lab? I swear they could double as memory foam pillows.
If you had a theme song that played every time you entered a room, what would it be?
“Touch the Sky” by Kanye West
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
You just can’t go wrong with a Cookout burger with chili and slaw (even if eating it every day would give me heart disease within 3 years…)