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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I'm from Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the site of Shays' Rebellion, and the home of Dr. Seuss! And a lot of more dreary things (like making the FBI's Top 25 most dangerous cities list) that just make me more proud of where I come from.
HOW DID YOU GET TO HARVARD MED SCHOOL? ANY ADVICE FOR PRE-MEDS?
That's a long, long story, but suffice it to say I had many unexpected experiences with death and suffering from an early age, and soon realized that a lot of it had to do with our socioeconomic status and background. And I wasn't ok with that. Eventually I realized I was good at science (thanks to one teacher, read more here), I loved it actually, and then I knew I had to be a doctor and listen to and help those patients it seemed no one else could hear. How did I end up at Harvard? Luck, a really good story, a good personality (although I'm a little biased), and a hell of a lot of hard work. My advice for those of you interested in med school? Learn how to manage your time - it's the most important thing we have and we never seem to have enough of it. Shadow as many doctors as you can to find out if you like it, and don't get stressed! I like to look up at the stars now and then and remember how meaningless my life really is in the grand scheme of things (the stars put everything in perspective). That might sound horrible, but it really helps me stay grounded and stress-free so that my life can be meaningful and I can help people! Check out the medicine section of the blog for more on all things med school!
HOW DO YOU MAKE TIME FOR ALL OF THE STUFF YOU DO?
I always write down everything that needs to get done (keeping it all in your head will drive you crazy), and plan my days accordingly. I also don't sweat the small stuff, and don't feel the need to be perfect. A lot of students study for hours and hours and don't sleep or take care of themselves, thinking they need to sacrifice a few years of their life to get where they want to be. I work hard, but I'd be pretty pissed if I died tomorrow and spent all my time working and putting my life on hold. So I live with that in mind ;)
WHAT IS YOUR ETHNICITY?
I'm Puerto Rican and African American.
WHERE DO YOU SHOP?
Wherever I see something I like that I can also afford :) That's not helpful I know.
I'm a huge fan of thrift stores (NOT vintage stores, the ones I've found are ridiculously overpriced). I'm talking real thrift stores, like the Salvation Army, Savers, and Goodwill. Here you have to do a little more work to find the good stuff, but it's so worth it! I've found so many amazing pieces always under $10 (usually under $5)! For trendier stuff the usual stores like Forever 21, H&M, Zara (which is my favorite but usually a bit above my price range), even Charlotte Russe. And department stores like JCPenney and Macy's aren't bad either, although I haven't been to either of them in forever.
WHO TAKES YOUR PICTURES?
For outfit pictures it's either my fiance or my tripod :) Our schedules are pretty hectic though, so I'm always amazed when we have time to even think about a mini photoshoot! All other pics I take, many (sadly) on my iPhone.
WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE?
I use a Canon Rebel T2i or my iPhone.
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR COLLAGES?
I don't own Photoshop or any of the expensive programs, I actually just use Picasa or iPiccy (both free!) which has been good enough thus far. Pictures are better the less you mess with them anyway (personal opinion of course)