Rivers Woodward (MS2)
How do you manage to stay balanced and healthy in spite of the busy med school schedule?
I try to stay active in hobbies and activities that excite and rejuvenate me such as gardening, racquetball, and dancing. I have also found that key components of not becoming burnt out are keeping things in perspective and maintaining an appreciation for where we all are.
Why do you want to become an advocate and what three qualities will you bring to the job?
I want to have the opportunity to engage students and help them to love their time here! I try to be self-aware in a way that makes me approachable and supportive at any point in a given exam-cycle. I love to be silly in the most serious way! I am well-prepared for lake weekend (see figure A).
What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to an MS1 at the beginning of the year?
The most important thing you can do is stay in touch with yourself. There will be a lot of information, career pressures, and class activities to overwhelm you, but taking the time to check-in and listen to what you need and want will translate to a much happier, healthier experience.
What is your favorite artery, organ, or nerve; and why?
I have fallen in love with the brain and how much our conscious actions can influence our physiology.
Tell us your favorite joke (PG-13 max, please).
My whale joke. If you haven’t heard it, please, please ask me.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? What would you have people call you?
I would have the lower jaw of a dragonfly nymph and people would call me “Breadsnatcher.”
If you had a theme song that played every time you entered a room, what would it be?
Don’t worry, be happy.