While on the interview trail, I have been lucky with the weather I’ve been having. Ever since late October, I have been able to wear my traditional, appropriate, but boring suit with not much variation to each interview. There has been little to no rain. Heat has been bearable. No flash floods and definitely no snow yet. Although there were some anomalies here and there, it’s been pretty smooth sailing thus far and I’ve only had to put on a hat, scarf, and coat when it gets chillier in the mornings. Nevertheless, with Thanksgiving already past, I think winter is truly here and it got me wondering about interview attire. How can I dress warmly and still look together for the interview day? Do I bring shoes to change into? What about different sorts of socks that are warmer than the normal dress socks to protect my poor feet? Maybe it’s just me and how unprepared I am for winter, despite experiencing it every year, but it drives me into anxiety when I’m trying to look professional and still be ready for all the elements.
I have also noticed that as I get further into interview season, I am much more fatigued and not as excited as I used to be. Granted, I’m always a little nervous before every interview and sleeping well the night before is generally not happening when I’m in a new city and a strange bed. It’s getting harder and harder to keep asking the same questions, seeing lots of hospitals that all look relatively the same, and meeting lots of residents who are all so friendly and excited to talk about their program. I’m actually starting to question what I really want in a program. But, at the same time, I think I have become a better critique about how each program can fit my individual goals and I am using a more refined lens to figure out what I want. This is a tiring thing to go through, but it’s definitely a rite of passage that I am grateful for, an opportunity to travel the country in search of the program that will be both my job and family for the next 3-4 years of my life.