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FAQ

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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)

20 comments:

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  2. Continue the Good job...ur preatty and smart...ur my inspiration of the day :D

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  3. Good job repping for Springfield Laura. Love your blog. Keep it up!

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  4. You are so beautiful.

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  5. Love reading your blog. As a person going through the application process currently, I love seeing someone have a bit of fun while working their ass off. Best of luck to you!

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  6. just stumbled on your blog and I just had to comment - i'm from MA also and I love your blog and your story! your being able to balance a challenging career and also keep in touch with your style, all while making it look effortless, is really refreshing to see :) keep it up! xoxo, LIC

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  7. Just realized that you have a FAQ section and wondered what could be in it...lol very interesting to say the least! I thought I was the only one that loved Zara! Not many people even know about it, but that's one of the beauties of having a life outside of State Street!

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  8. you are doing everything right! i did pre-med at a crazy competitive school and i refused to live in sweatpants and swim in my own cortisol every day - and boy is blogging still cathartic! while i'm still trying to shed the Type A stressing, i'm learning slowly to both take my artistic side seriously and use this personality to my advantage! you inspire me to look at the stars more and to conquer these next few years with a big smile and polished outfits.

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  9. You are an amazing person! I'm currently in Graduate school hoping to attend medical school VERY soon.....at times it seems impossible but reading your blog gives me so much hope and inspiration.....I'm with my high school sweetheart still as well! Good luck and God Bless.

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  10. I came across your blog & it's great!!! I definitely understand the whole studying & not having a life...I lived it for nursing school!!! You have a great & positive blog, so I will keep up with it! Good luck with everything & may God continue to bless you!!!

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  11. Laura! I love this page. I read your blog daily and just today noticed you have an FAQ. I like the star part best i think. It's a good reminder for someone like me who often forgets that whole GRAND scheme thing.

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  12. I'm a new reader and just want to give you MAD PROPS! It is not easy to juggle medical studies and blogging, but I am cheering for you and fighting many of the same battles! Thanks for your honest, heart-felt opinions and posts! Looking forward to future posts :)
    xoxo, Steph
    White Coat Wardrobe

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    1. Thank you much Steph!! Glad to have you along for the ride and will be following your blog too!

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  13. "I... 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." Can you please elaborate a bit on what you specifically mean by that? Do you mean that for you, it's more important to have a full life in med school rather than make a lot of sacrifices just to score extremely high on their boards, etc.?

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  14. I simply love your blog!!!!! It is so creative and well presented. I just love it!!!!

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  15. Love your blog, been following (although never commented) for quite some time. Do you think you'll ever share your workout routine? My sister just had a baby and I know she'd love to shed the weight.

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  16. Hey! Stumbled upon your blog and have to say, it hits all the right spots. I'm currently in medical school and maintain a blog for our Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program (mainly focuses on all those tangential things relating to...but not revolving around...medicine and handling school and real life. you get it). I was wondering if you have, or would be interested in, doing a piece about appropriate but fashionable attire for the clinic? I've been musing over putting something together for appropriate but attractive workplace attire (a lot of our students are fresh out of college and let's just say...sometimes the skirts are shorter than the short coat). Let me know if you have comments, ideas, etc. Have a great day, keep up the excellent work. xoxo, V.

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  17. I always love seeing happy black couples, you guys have such a beautiful family. I just stumbled upon your blog today, and I'm going to start following now, I love it :)

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  18. I can't believe I came across your blog! It's perfect timing! I just graduated from school and I'm now applying to law school...I started a blog but got a little discouraged thinking that I wouldn't be able to focus on law school and blogging at the same time. So great to see someone juggling school and a successful blog (and even motherhood) all at the same time - this is definitely encouraging! Love the blog - keep it up!

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