It's easy to get wrapped up in studying when you're in medical school. I have had plenty of days where I wake up, do a quick 20 minute work out, shower, and sit down at my desk to go over lectures, look at textbooks, and listen to recordings. And accompanying those days are the study blues. I'm sure everyone has felt some form of the study blues, whether it be feeling lonely, feeling frustrated about the sheer amount of material we have to remember, or feeling overwhelmed from the pressure. Or maybe a combination of all three of those things, and then some. I've certainly felt this way, and felt this way multiple times. And each time I would get these feelings, I would bury myself deeper and deeper into my studies thinking that doing so would resolve my feelings, get me out of the hole, or at least through it. But more often than not, I would just find myself even more dissatisfied and upset. I would let the blues get the best of me.
If there's one thing that starting this blog has made me realize, it's that it's normal to take breaks.I can't just sit in one spot all day and expect myself to feel 100% balanced. You need outlets. You need ways to snap you out of the study blues and remind you of how beautiful life is and how lucky you are to be in this situation. So this baking experiment is my outlet. My way to tell myself that I still need to take care of myself, that I still need to stay balanced.
But I'm not the only one in medical school, and we all certainly have different outlets, different ways to remind ourselves that there's more to life than sitting at a desk and poring over pharmacology drugs and physiology concepts. So I'm trying out a new little part of this blog that I'd like to call "med features," where I want to spend a morning, afternoon, or evening with a person in our medical school class and share with them my outlet. All the while I'll share a little bit about them, including things that they like to do to get out of the classroom and enjoy life. It would be amazing to work with as many medical school students in our class (ideally, everyone!), so if you would ever like to bake anything in particular, you can shoot me a text, email, or Facebook message. I would love to brew up some coffee or cook some brunch, bake, and chat with you.
So with further ado, I have my first med feature of the blog, and it's so fitting that he is my first new med school friend here in Indianapolis. I actually met Peter on my interview day at IU! I remember being nervous as a little undergrad dressed up in my suit and holding my folder, standing awkwardly around the waiting area along with the rest of the interviewees. When you're in a situation like that, it's incredibly comforting to meet people who will smile back and chat, and Peter did just that. I'm so glad we ended up in medical school together, and he's been a wonderful friend for the past year and a half.
I saw these candy pickles on My Name Is Yeh, and immediately thought of Peter. I've never met a bigger pickle fan, so these were perfect. We cut up some gorgeous citrus, brewed up some coffee, sliced up some homemade bread, and brought out a variety of jams (I used the fig preserves and boysenberry jam!) with our roommates on this snowy Saturday morning, and after breakfast, we went at it with these candy pickles. You can find the recipe at the bottom of the post! And I was able to ask Peter a few questions about himself, and his own outlets for school.
- Where are you from, and where did you go for undergrad?
I was born in New Jersey. I went to undergrad at the University of Michigan - Go Blue!
- Tell me a fun fact about yourself!
I am a trained rattlesnake wrangler - no joke.
- What is your outlet? What do you do to de-stress?
Running - I love the Monon. I'm currently training for a marathon in March.
- What is your favorite dessert?
Rice Krispie treats
- What is the one thing you cannot live without in your kitchen?
Pickles! My favorite are kosher dill - and I like wedges, or spears, rather.
Peter, thanks for sharing a little about yourself. I'm so happy that you're my first med feature, and it was such a fun time making candy pickles, of all things to make.
If you're interested in baking any time with me, please just let me know! I would love to have you as a part of this little blog experiment. Thanks readers, I'm so grateful for your support so far!