1. I created this blog a couple of months ago, began reblogging things related to medicine and then deleted it. I’ve been working as a research for those past couple of months as a research assistant. Whenever I heard that word I used to automatically imagine an overly bubbly science student with a 4.0 gpa and a broken heart. My perspective has changed. The research I’m a part of is based on narrative medicine. To tell you the truth I had absolutely no idea what that was until I wikipedia-ed it. I’ve learned, in this short period, that it’s an essential part of not only medicine, but life. Narrative medicine is analogous to reflection. It’s about being able to look back on your experiences, sort out the emotions and thoughts that are jumbled up in the back of your head, slowly fading away as time passes. I hope for this blog to be a way for me to reflect on my journey toward and through medical school. I plan on reflecting on whatever inspires me or something I think is a good learning opportunity. I will be sharing my failures and my successes, my ups and downs both emotionally, socially and academically. It may not be the most professional site ever, but if any admissions committees ever look at this I hope they understand that this is my story of starting from the bottom of the ladder and working my way up. I don’t think it makes a difference where you begin, as long as you make a conscious decision to keep moving forward towards your goals and aspirations and never give up on your dreams. For me, that’s medicine.