When I called my mom last night, I expressed two things. I was working on a piece for my book asking this distressing question: how will I ever earn a PhD when I feel like I spend all of my time taking care of myself? The University of Minnesota has the most innovative and friendly […]

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Last week, I completed an application for a national science fellowship. After weeks of crafting the perfect personal statement, diligently working with my advisor on my research proposal, and losing countless hours of sleep, everything was finally complete. As I was preparing to click submit, however, I was faced with a question I was not […]

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A Letter to My Doctor

This was initially written as a personal letter of gratitude to my cherished doctor, and was intended to be just that. After contemplating this letter for a few weeks, however, I realized that it was something to be shared. Ultimately, my thoughts illuminate the beauty of the doctor-patient relationship, something that, in my opinion, is […]

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Stubborn Hope

I’ve spent the past two weeks at Mayo Clinic- the nation’s #1 hospital- in Rochester, Minnesota. To begin, imagine a city purely built around a hospital. But not just any hospital- a medical mecca where desperate sick (and mostly quite old) people travel in search of answers. As you walk down the street, you see […]

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Cards of Irony

Three and a half years ago, at the beginning of my freshman year at Emory, I was rushed to the emergency room after getting hit by a flying beer bottle while out on an afternoon run. My mom often comments on the irony of this hospital visit- out of all of my medical conditions (type […]

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Ageless Souls

  Age. At face value, this is a rather simple concept- the length of time that something has existed.  As a 21-year-old, I have existed for 21 years, and that is fact. Yet society often complicates this construct, extending its meaning, applying assumptions, and broadening its implications. For instance, in upper-middle class America, we expect […]

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Breathe & Believe

About a year ago, I wrote a post called Believe: My Personal Faith, which discussed the word I was using to deal with adversity- specifically my enigmatic autoimmune conditions leaving me unable to run. At the time, I was wholeheartedly engrossed in the power of the word “believe”- trusting that this was temporary; that my […]

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