Penance

In college, several of my friends would ask me why I am a Christian, and my answer has always been that I believe in God’s love and mercy for humanity and that I desire to spread this good news through my actions and in how I treat other people.  His unconditional love cannot be fully …

The Gift of Confirmation

Baptism and Confirmation are two sacraments categorized within the “initiation” stage of our lifelong process of receiving God’s grace.  Baptism endows citizenship to Heaven while Confirmation calls us to live and bear witness to the Christian life.  In hindsight, I recognize how my heart was turned back in the fall of 2016 to receive the …

My updated perspective on the BA/MD program experience

I wrote a post during my freshman year--now in hindsight, it was prematurely written--about being a student in a BA/MD program.  After having recently graduated from Rice as a student in the program affiliated with BCM, I have some additional (a wiser?) perspective to share.  You can also read some of my thoughts on accepted.com. …

Academic tips for Rice undergrad (no bs)

I'm graduating from Rice in less than a week!  In the hopes of reaching a few current or prospective students who may find this post useful, I want to make a few recommendations to help maximize your Rice undergrad academic experience, based on what went well and what went poorly for me.  Read everything with …

A different perspective on the medical humanities

Throughout high school and early in college, I was enticed to pursue formal study of the medical humanities. I believed that this interdisciplinary field would afford me immense practical value by improving my ability to tackle complex and interrelated issues associated with the human dimension of medical practice. Although I still recognize that history, culture, …

Re-post: Accepted’s Med School Webinar on 2/9/2017

Hi everyone! I informally serve as an ambassador for Accepted.com, so here's some useful information about an upcoming webinar: Low stats got you down? Don’t let your low MCAT score or GPA get the best of you… Learn how to get accepted to medical school, despite less-than-perfect stats! Join Accepted for their upcoming webinar, Get …

Women Lead (and WomenLEAD)

I view my perspective on the importance of women's leadership as more subdued than that of others. This does not mean that I devalue the need for women to enter and thrive in visible positions of leadership. In fact, I've been frustrated by some things I've overheard in the realm of leadership in surgery over the past …