Hope you’re doing well!! We’ve been on rotations since July and I’ve got to admit, the transition from second to third year was tough! I went from being surrounded by my classmates, faculty, staff, and so much love, to being out in rural Washington with only 3 other students. During the first two years of med school, we had so much support; the staff and faculty made us vegetarian soups, mac and cheese, brownies after every exam, breakfast (pancakes, bacon, eggs!) before finals, hosted Thanksgiving dinners… the list goes on! And now, we’re pretty much on our own. I’m lucky I live with 2 of my classmates and have them around, but it’s still very lonely.
I’ve been adjusting to my new, independent life by going to YMCA, checking out the theater scene here in W2, traveling up to Tri-Cities to meet up with some friends, and hanging out with the amazing folks I get to work with during my rotations. Some of our awesome classmates have made their way up to W2 as well! Sara brought along her dog, Mitis, who was extremely friendly, from Hermiston! And Alex, Olivia, and Audrey came down from Tri-Cities! These wonderful folks have helped me create adventures in W2 and I am so grateful that they are part of my life! 🙂
As we move forward, I hope things will just keep getting easier. I hope we each find our niche, our true calling, our path and that we come into our own this year. I hope we each find the bright side in every tough situation and grow from there.
With all these changes, I’ve been trying to bring more positivity into my life (and outlook!) and have been keeping track of 3 “gratitudes” every day. I’ve done it for about a week so far, and I’ve noticed how much happier I feel. I’ve also been trying a new daily meditation we learned at a lecture at St. Mary’s hospital.
And I wish it upon you:
May you be free from suffering.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful.
May you be happy.
Maybe this week you can try keeping track of things that make you happy or that you appreciate in your day. See if it impacts you!
And if you need a little bit of inspiration, check out Dr. Crafts’ Tedx Talk. He even makes a shout out to PNWU students!
Thanks for reading. I hope your days are filled with joy!