Look on the bright side

Today has been an incredibly frustrating day.

For the past two months I have been on away rotations in a small town and things have been a little rough. To begin with my phone carrier (Project Fi) doesn’t really work well in this town and my student housing’s internet bandwidth is not enough to support the 10 students that are living here this month. Every single call I have made on the phone today has either resulted in poor call quality and/or dropped calls. I haven’t even been able to distract myself with Netflix because of the aforementioned internet issue.

I get to see my husband again in 3 days and my parents and brother in 4. Each day feels like it’s moving at the slowest possible pace and I’m yearning to leave this isolated town.

Though my frustration reached a new level today, I calmed myself down enough to remember a few important things.

  1. I have always wanted to be in medicine and this is an opportunity I GET to have. Any regrets about my grades in undergrad that led me to this medical school which has kept me so far away from my family are really just unproductive. I am 8 months away from GRADUATION!
  2. Learning in a small town community hospital definitely has its perks. Students are given quite a bit of autonomy. Given that many departments are understaffed, we get the opportunity to become integral parts of the healthcare team in ways that are hard to do elsewhere.
  3. I’ve been craving exam-free time for the past three years so as to finally focus on personal development. Instead of diving into Code Academy or studying more medicine today, I spent time feeling sorry for myself and wallowing in pain about my sore throat. I am making a resolution to not waste any more precious time during 4th year. Read Game of Thrones. Start Python on Code Academy. Watch OnlineMedEd and start preparing for Step 3. These are all things I will turn to next time I encounter free time on rotations.

Writing always helps to process these kinds of days 🙂


{The photo for this post was taken on a rainy day near the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.}

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