1. How do you manage to stay balanced and healthy in spite of the busy med school schedule?
I make sure to find time to exercise and play sports to have an outlet for any anxiety and stress that comes from our busy schedule. Keeping up with family and friends not in med school keeps me grounded and in touch with what is happening outside of school.
2. Why do you want to become an advocate and what three qualities will you bring to the job?
I want to make sure that every first year is able to enjoy their med school experience to the fullest. My advocates and advisers helped me navigate my first year, and I want to provide others with any help they need to succeed. I will bring enthusiasm, approachability and openness to the position.
3. What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to an MS1 at the beginning of the year?
If you are unhappy or want to change something, talk to someone. The advisers, advocates and your classmates are an excellent and underutilized resource. Be open to talking to people because keeping questions and concerns to yourself will only bring you unnecessary stress and anxiety.
4. Tell us your favorite joke (PG-13 max, please). Your answer may exceed 1 sentence.
Patient: Doc, I think I’m suffering from optic-rectal neuritis. Doctor: I’ve never heard of that before, can you explain it to me? Patient: Well, it’s when your optic nerve and your rectal nerve join and it gives you a really s*#@ty outlook on life.
5. If you had a theme song that played every time you entered a room, what would it be?
Wonderful Day – O.A.R.
6. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The key lime pie frozen yogurt at Yogurt Pump.