I think one of the most important things in medical school is to remind yourself that there is life outside of studying. One of my favorite ways to get my mind off of school is to take a day trip or even get away for the whole weekend. Thankfully, Greenville is only a few hours away from lots of cool places: Atlanta, Asheville, Charleston, and Charlotte, just to name a few. There’s something refreshing about getting your mind off of school, breathing in fresh air outside of a study room, and talking with non-medical friends about what is happening in the real world.
This past weekend I was able to meet up with friends in Helen, Georgia. It was great being in the Blue Ridge Mountains and exploring the city, which is a replication of an alpine village, complete with cobblestone streets and old world architecture. Our fun included card games, mini golf, Oktoberfest, eating lots of food, and forty eight hours free from studying!
In addition to being a good brain break, getting away on the weekends forces me manage my time well during the week. Because I know I’m going to have a day or two where I’m not going to study, I get really organized, make a study plan, and stick with it. I’m not as tempted to take frequent breaks or get sucked into Netflix when I have the motivation of a weekend free from studying. So, if you are thinking about getting away, I say go for it! You’ll come back refreshed and motivated to start another week.
I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina before moving to Chapel Hill to spend my undergraduate career as a Tar Heel. I majored in biology, with a minor in chemistry, and consider myself extremely fortunate to have had many unique experiences in my life thus far. I worked as a research assistant at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center and in the Department of Genetics at UNC, interned with Carolinas Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgery Program (CLASP) at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, and spent time as a member of a Global Medical Training team that set up temporary rural medical clinics in Panama. I thrive on adventure, am a travel enthusiast, and enjoy kayaking and exploring new places in my free time. I am passionate about improving quality of patient care, and hope to pursue a career in pediatric endocrinology, anesthesia, or internal medicine. I am honored and excited to be a part of the USCSOMG Class of 2018- a group of truly compassionate, intellectual, and driven individuals.
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