I didn't expect the interview trail to be something worth documenting on this space. But a little voice in the back of my head insisted on bringing the camera, just in case. The iPhone helps in these situations too.
No matter how many people I asked, whether they were school advisers, current residents, or even the classmates who snagged one of those super early interviews, the interview trail has been nowhere near what I was led to believe it would be. Possibly because I've been extremely lucky to avoid doing most of it alone - Andrew and I have a lot of our interviews together so they've been anything but lonely. So quickly I'll just say thanks to him for being my number one travel buddy. Each laugh in the car is hearty and each song sung loudly because of you.
Our trips have been midwest-centric and I don't think I could have asked for better traveling conditions - most days have been sunny or at least dry, light jacket only. I know it won't be the same in the following months ahead. Winter is already knocking on my door with frosty car windows and the need for my fuzzy robe in the morning, and I'll likely look more and more like a marshmallow in the December and January editions of the interview trail. The more pressing issue with the weather ahead is: will I keep getting ice cream in each city? My stubbornness will probably want ice cream despite freezing temps, but I've been trying to give my rational voice a listen more often, so we shall see on that issue.
More than anything, I'm figuring out more about myself, or rather, my present self. A self that continues to change each day, adapting to my ever changing interests and overall understanding of the future that is residency. I've discovered the value of introspective afternoons, when you just want to decompress and refresh your mind before going out to the dinners with a huge smile on your face and a brain full of conversation. I've realized that I am most inspired when I'm surrounded by genuine, hard-working individuals - whether or not they carry a famous title or have numerous first author publications. I'm working on listening more wholeheartedly, soaking in all the words and reflecting on them. Small things but I think this reflection is also crucial for this time of life - a time where we are continually told to find our best "fit" before choosing where to go for the next three years.
Wherever we end up (we'll know for sure come March, only 4 more months!), I hope it's the right fit for all of us! Happy interview travels, fellow classmates.
Places visited so far:
- St. Louis - our first trip out there! Arch was beautiful, Jeni's was delicious.
- Cincinnati - such a fun city for food, the Over the Rhine district was our favorite, and you can't go wrong with Graeter's ice cream.
- Atlanta - not for an interview, for a board exam, but we still had so much fun checking out the Beltline and Ponce City Market. Also the fried chicken = YES.
- Milwaukee - adorable and cheese curds. Being introduced New Glarus beers was a highlight, as was eating cheese curds... three times in one day. No regrets.
- Chicago - not a new destination by any means, but always fun. We played tourist and rode the new ferris wheel in Navy Pier, ate Garrett's chicago mix, drank Ghiradelli hot chocolate, ate too much food in general.
P.S. If you want to follow our travels in real time, we use the hashtag #tinyasiansontheroad for Instagram! Cleveland is this week, so there will be more pictures to come!