This month marks a year since I started this blog, so to celebrate, I thought I would do a post re-introducing myself and help you guys get to know me a little better, since I feel like I’ve never done a real introduction! So, here are some facts about me — mixing up some fluff facts with some non-fluff facts (pertaining to my road to medical school for all my pre-med followers)!
- The reason I began this blog was because I wanted an outlet for my interests outside of medicine while at the same time staying true to my full-time “job” as a medical student. I wanted to share with everyone that being a medical student isn’t all about studying and that we should take care of ourselves and our happiness and pursue our interests outside of medicine as well. For me, a big passion of mine that brings me a lot of joy and helps me relieve stress is fashion, so I started sharing my outfits on Instagram, and here I am now, one year later! It definitely took awhile for me to get the courage to get it started and at first, it was hard to get into the routine of finding time to take photos and post them, but a few months later I figured out how to utilize my free time away from studying to have enough time to work on my blog.
- I started getting interested in fashion when I was in high school, but it wasn’t until college when I became heavily involved in the fashion magazine and the charity fashion show student organization on campus that I began to see fashion as a genuine hobby of mine. I know a lot of pre-meds feel like they have to fill up their extracurricular activities with relevant medical/volunteer things, but I really loved being a part of the fashion show group! It helped me make so many non-premed friends I never would’ve met otherwise, and gave me a ton of experience in leadership and communication skills because I had to lead a relatively large group of students and communicate extensively with sponsors (i.e. real adults!).
- After college, I received my Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) at Yale University. This was effectively my two “gap years” between college and medical school. My next blog will detail more about why I chose to do this, but it was an amazing experience and I learned so much. I plan on using my degree and the skills and knowledge I gained through the program in my career.
- I was always painfully shy when I was little, so my parents really encouraged me to pursue the performing arts as a way of getting me out of my shell. My mom almost played the harp professionally and my dad played cello his whole childhood (he still has his cello and takes it out to play once in awhile), so they both love classical music, and I started out playing the piano, the violin, and the flute! Eventually I had to pick just one because I just didn’t have time and settled for the flute. I still have my flute in my room and even though I don’t have time to play it anymore, I really miss it!
- I did microbiology research in college and it was a great learning experience. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to basic science research, but being in the lab for almost 20 hours every week (I remember being there all by myself over a Fourth of July weekend to finish up a time-sensitive experiment) and learning from the graduate students, post-docs, and my PI was a really valuable experience and instilled an even greater sense of responsibility and work ethic in me because I was the only undergraduate student in the lab. I was hyperaware that my knowledge was limited compared to everyone else in the lab, so I worked really hard to learn on my own. I was given a lot of independence and had my own project that no one else helped me on, so it was really fulfilling to see how I built my project from the ground up! I got to present a poster at the American Society for Microbiology my senior year which was really a great experience that helped me in graduate school and medical school.
- Studying abroad in college was one of the most memorable things I’ve ever done and one of the best decisions I ever made! I had to take some summer classes to make up for the classes that I couldn’t while I was abroad in order to fulfill all my pre-med and majors/minor requirements, but it was worth it. I studied abroad in Paris and was able to travel to London, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, and Geneva during the semester and it was so incredible. I can’t wait to go back to Europe some time!
- I majored in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Global Health Studies in college. None of them were really the typical pre-med courses, but as I’ve said before, I didn’t want to feel constrained by being pre-med and I really wanted to take the opportunity in college to learn things that I wouldn’t really be able to again. I had always been interested in psychology (in high school I told everyone I wanted to be a psychologist or psychiatrist!), and added political science my sophomore year because I was really interested in international organizations and wanted to learn more about global politics and global affairs. Global Health Studies was a natural add-on minor because I felt that it linked my interest in political science with my interest in medicine and global health.
- If I had to wear one designer’s clothes exclusively, I would wear Sandro! This is a brand I discovered when I was studying abroad in Paris. It’s definitely a little out of my price range but a few times a year I save up to invest in a piece and it’s so worth it! I love that their clothes are a good mix of classic and trendy, and edgy and feminine.
- I really believe the Myers-Briggs profiles are pretty accurate for me, and I fluctuate between a ISFJ and INTJ. I think I used to get INTJ more often when I was younger but nowadays I tend to get ISFJ more.
- I’m really, really, really bad at working out. I always try to go the gym and I’m just really bad at everything! I remember in middle school PE class we used to have fitness testing every year and I would literally barely pass. I hate the treadmill and the elliptical and I really have to force myself to do cardio. But the inner ballerina in me means that I’m generally pretty good at endurance/strength type stuff so I LOVE a good barre class and barre is basically the only kind of working out I do now. If it weren’t so expensive and time consuming I would go every single day!!! The most ideal workout for me, though, is to take ballet classes. There are some studios that have adult ballet classes but it’s kind of rare and I don’t really have the time for it anymore, but I really wish I could keep dancing!
- And because a lot of people have been asking….What is my name and where do I go to medical school? Sorry, these are questions I’m not going to answer for the sake of maintaining some anonymity!! I’ll happily go by Dose of Fluff for now. I’ll be happy to share more other facts about me in the future, though! 🙂
Thank you so much, everyone! As you know, the past year has not been what I expected at all. A year ago, I was just a regular old first year medical student with a passion for fashion and medicine. As a second-third year medical student now, I still share those passions, but the loss of the love of my life has drastically changed everything. It’s been a daily struggle to get out of bed, study, and continue on with my life without him, and the heavy fog of grief has not lifted or lessened since the loss. But this little community that I’ve felt so lucky to stumble across has really lifted me through my darkest moments (so cliche, but so true!) and I can’t thank all of you enough for all the love and support. I look forward to sharing more of my life in medicine and in style with you!