The foundation of your ameliorating your struggles in med school will likely be your friends and family, the people who support you in your lowest times, and can also take you away from the sometimes toxic environment of med school. I find that it is more difficult than ever to keep in touch with friends and family outside of school given the demands of time constraints of med school/clinical rotations; however, I have also learned that it truly is the little things that matter in the long run. Even if you cannot find time for a long phone call or to go home and visit your family, a few texts a week will be meaningful to them to let them know you are doing well and still thinking of them amidst the challenges you face daily. I have discovered that maintaining friends in med school is just as important – which again, can be hard given that many people do their own thing, do not find group study favorable, and we are separated from each other with our individual clinical rotation schedules. Although I too am a solo studier, I like to sit in the same place as friends on the weekends to study next to each other, not necessarily with each other. It is also nice to spend those fleeting free moments you have with friends, such as grabbing lunch, walking home from the hospital, or working out at the gym. Ultimately, your immediate friendships will be of constant value to you throughout your four years of school and thus it is important to maintain them.
Alex is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. As an avid lover of the intellect and interspecialty collaboration associated with medicine, she is excited to be applying for Internal Medicine residency programs. Her interest in medicine largely stems from her volunteer work in free clinics in underserved communities and experiences growing up with a brother with autism.
Before attending medical school, Alex completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in 2014 and her Master of Public Health (concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology) at Yale University in 2016.
When she is not working in the hospital or studying, you can find Alex running by the lake, doing circuit workouts outdoors in the fields, drawing and/or writing, or at home spending time with her family in the suburbs of Chicago.