“I’m not good enough,”

is what I’ll think every time I look at my college transcript. The difference between being perfect and less than, invariably haunts me every time my grades roll around. The end of the semester is hard, especially when you worked damn harder than most people to fall just short of fulfilling a dream. A dreamContinue reading ““I’m not good enough,””

The Gatekeeping Effect

According to communications professors Pamela Shoemaker and Tim Vos, the act of gatekeeping represents the “process of culling and crafting countless bits of information into the limited number of messages that reach people every day, and it is the center of the media‘s role in modern public life…This process determines not only which information is selected,Continue reading “The Gatekeeping Effect”

A Mock Interview Experience with Christopher Kassotis

Just about an hour ago I sat down in front of my iPad (resting on a cardboard box, propped up with two books). I opened up my skype app. Naturally, my computer crashed in the moments before my mock interview. This was my version of improvision. A little shaken from the failed technology, I satContinue reading “A Mock Interview Experience with Christopher Kassotis”

“I, who have never willfully pained another, have no business to pain myself.” — Marcus Aurelius

A few weeks ago I worked my first 12 hour shift in a very long time. Typically, at the beginning of every shift (so be it 12 or 8 hour shift), I go to each patient room, introduce myself, ask them if they would like to get up for breakfast, and I write my nameContinue reading ““I, who have never willfully pained another, have no business to pain myself.” — Marcus Aurelius”

Why interdisciplinary matters.

It was in middle school when I attended math, science, social studies, and English classes that a bell rang over the intercom at every hour and a half. This signaled us, students, to get out of our chairs and move on to our next class. As a young middle-schooler, I conditioned my brain to compartmentalizeContinue reading “Why interdisciplinary matters.”

“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.”

– Alan Wilson Watts  His lectures are playing in the background as I have created the following ‘vision board’. Below you will find a conglomerate of images I took over the past couple of years. I thought I would make a vision board, but decided that I would use images from the past instead. IContinue reading ““I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.””

Life doesn’t come with a rubric, so you better create your own.

I have spent the past few weeks living in the upside-down. I took on the role of writing a thesis paper while opting out of our structured, senior seminar assignments. While initially I was reprieved (Free at last! I finally have an opportunity to do what I want and no one is stopping me or tellingContinue reading “Life doesn’t come with a rubric, so you better create your own.”

So you want to be a surgeon?

    Surgeons make up one third of all physicians in the United States, and women in surgery are far less represented than in any other specialty. What is it like to be a surgeon? I have had the opportunity to shadow a general surgeon over this past year and I am fortunate enough toContinue reading “So you want to be a surgeon?”

Tumor Suppressor p16 – 08/10/18 SJH Tumor Board Meeting

On August 10th, 2018 I attended St. Joseph Hospital’s Tumor board conference with a general surgeon. At the conference, she presented two cases of squamous cell carcinoma of the rectal/anal area. Anal carcinomas are rare, with, an incidence of only 1 to 2.5 cases per 100,000 people per year in most countries. While I wasContinue reading “Tumor Suppressor p16 – 08/10/18 SJH Tumor Board Meeting”

Prognosis: Senioritis

Evaluation: Ms. Kelly Dellovo is a 22 year old female in good physical health who presents today with mild to moderate anxiety associated with starting her senior year and some feelings of fatigue. She came to my office today for a consultation about her symptoms. Patient claims she might have caught, “senioritis”. Chief complaint: senioritisContinue reading “Prognosis: Senioritis”