Year in Medical School
M4 (Class of 2021)
Where did you complete your undergraduate education?
University of Georgia – major in Biology, minor in French
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I was born in China, moved to Georgia at four years old, and have lived here ever since. I love to travel (though that’s been relegated to backburner as of late) and read and write short stories; other hobbies include baking, learning foreign languages, and knitting (which my grandmother has taught me in the last few weeks).
Why did you choose MCG and the Medical Partnership campus?
Having grown up in Georgia, I loved the idea of continuing my education here and continuing to serve the communities I was raised in. I chose the Medical Partnership campus for its emphasis on case-based learning and innovative approach to preclinical education. Being able to stay in Athens and close to my family was a nice bonus, not to mention not having to move apartments between undergrad and medical school!
What is your advice for someone who is interested in medical school?
I think the two most important qualities in an aspiring physician are resilience and a readiness to put in the time and work. Almost everyone has times where they feel overwhelmed or discouraged, whether it be studying embryology or listening to their friends from college talk about their tropical vacations while they’re hunkered down in the library. So long as you’re able to overcome your doubts and put forth your best effort, everything else usually works itself out!
What is a typical day for you?
Those who know me are well aware of my somewhat unconventional sleep schedule; when left to my own devices, I tend to get a bit of a late start to my day and burn the midnight oil. These days, I do most of my work/studying right after I get up and right before I go to bed. The time in between is spent catching up with family and friends, reading books I’ve been meaning to get to, watching Netflix, and trying out recipes for various baked goods.
What motivated you to want to be a physician?
Throughout primary and secondary school, I had a lot of ideas about my future career and they tended to swing wildly between the humanities and the sciences – ballerina (a very short-lived whim), marine biologist, author, botanist, lawyer, etc., etc. It wasn’t until I considered medicine that I found a field where I could explore my interest in science while also helping and building relationships with people. I love that I get to take care of people and learn about their lives while keeping my inner science geek happy.
Favorite place to eat in Athens:
Viva Argentine! Go for the empanadas and lomo con papas fritas, stay for Gaby’s Atomic Cupcakes (the pineapple will change your life).
If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?
Elon Musk – I’d love to pick his brain sometime.