During the school year, I did not have much time to reflect on what it means to be a student blogger on this website. Fortunately, I always had topics in mind on what I would want to write about (since I have always loved writing, revising essays, and blogging personally), so I did not have to think hard each month on what posts I wanted to publish. Now, I still have a bank of topics in my mind on what I could write about, but now that 2018 is over, I wanted to reflect on my role as a medical student blogger.
When I signed up for this role, I expected pretty much what I experience now–writing 3-5 blog posts per month, and writing about topics that are pertinent to others in the field or who may be entering the field. What I did not expect was how much it would encourage me to reflect upon my own experiences as a medical student, and to pick out my most prized advice and most valuable experiences in school. I think it is so easy to forget to reflect on your experience and get so caught up in studying and whatever other activities you are involved in. I know looking back years, even months from now, I will be grateful that I have this opportunity to document my journey through medical school and allow others to learn from it. It allows me to observe my growth as a future physician, to be a mentor to others, and to emphasize my interests in medicine and slowly begin to focus on what my niche interests are. It is also always exciting to hear when people have read my posts, because that is one of the reasons I wanted to blog – to make an impact in readers’ perspectives on medicine, or to help them some way in their journey. I certainly look forward to continuing to share my experiences in medical school in 2019.