"My main way to de-stress is by exercising. I was an athlete in college so this has always been my go-to, though now instead of basketball my main form of exercise is yoga. I try to take an hour every day to practice, regardless of what is going on at school. It keeps me grounded and a lot more pleasant than if I wasn’t practicing."
"Various life experiences have taught me the value of maintaining a balance among work, academics, and my personal life. One of the main methods I use to achieve that balance is to plan a fixed schedule for myself, where there is allotted time in the day to work and study, plus other time I set for relaxing and doing things I enjoy."
"Time management and staying organized have been critical components for balancing my academic and social responsibilities. The work-life balance isn’t even at every given moment, but there should be a balance over the long haul."
"It will all be ok! It’s easy to get consumed with a bad grade, below average Step score, or poor feedback on a rotation, but at the end of the day, you will still be a doctor (and in the field you want). Just give it your all and do the best you can."
"I found that it was best for me to take my assigned schoolwork for the week and break it up into short blocks that could be tackled every day. That way I was able to accomplish my schoolwork without feeling overwhelmed and make time for activities like working out or spending time with my family."
"Always remember why you do what you do, who you do it for, the sacrifices others made to help you get to where you are, and continue to be relentless about your goals and changes you want to see in this lifetime."
"It’s important to work hard and build a strong foundation of medical knowledge, but also remember that it’s important to build a strong community within medical school and have fun! I think we all wish we could tell our first-year selves to take ourselves a little less seriously."
"Keeping active has always been important to me. Exercise clears my mind and gives me a fresh perspective. Setting goals each week to walk a certain number of steps is also another factor that keeps me motivated."