I’m drafting this post in my family’s hotel room in a resort on a beach in Cancún, Mexico. Before arriving, I didn’t realize that Cancún is on the Yucatán peninsula, where 65 million years ago a big-ass meteor caused a mass extinction that nearly ended all biodiversity on the planet.
But life went on.
I’m here passing some time during my two-week winter break. It’s a welcome change of pace. I feel as if I’ve just emerged, gasping for breath, at the surface of a deep dark pool of clerkships. It’s a suitable analogy not just because I went snorkeling in brilliantly clear cenote water but because last year actually felt like a protracted dive into the depths of medicine. When you’re submerged underwater, you’re acutely aware of each second of precious oxygen escaping, but each dive is over before you realize it. And when you emerge, you might be surprised to find yourself far from where you started, pushed askew by the powerful currents underneath.
When I was busy this year, life continued on around me. Continue reading Life Goes On
Today, for the third time in my life, I’m moving across the country, this time to Cornell med school and New York City. It’s up to me to bring the things to transform that empty dorm room into my home for the next four years. Continue reading Packing for the Big Move
This summer, I was on a mission: to take photos, hang out with friends and family, and have fun in general before med school consumes my life. Now, one week before I fly off to New York I must say… MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!
Two months, 29 days (50%) with significant shoots, 4000 snaps, 650 shots developed, 3000+ miles on the road, so many great memories. Sit tight, and let your computers buffer up, because this is a big post! Continue reading A wild summer of re-exploring California
I want to just fly over to Reykjavik and go on a road trip around the island for two weeks in August, right before starting med school. It would be, by a huge margin, the wildest trip I’ve ever undertaken. That is why I hesitate.
Still, this is the time to do it. My camera has given me strong motivation to journey to that jarringly scenic country. I’ve never been so fit, so free of obligation, and so full of adventurous energy, and all three will disappear when I begin med school. Continue reading Should I Journey to Iceland?
Big news: I’ve accepted my spot at Weill Cornell Medical College, so unless some waitlist shenanigans happen, I’m headed there in August! Wooooo!!!
By the way, Cornell’s in Manhattan itself, Upper East Side, not in Ithaca. Back in April, I attended Cornell’s accepted student weekend and then bused over to Boston to visit friends. And boy, was it a weird trip, filled with some pretty fantastic adventures and some pretty questionable decisions. Continue reading April Adventures and Questionable Decisions
It started with a tiny idea, that my friend at UCLA med school would have two days off after an exam, so we’d take the opportunity to utilize my mobility and drive someplace fun. When we decided on Yosemite, we invited our friends at Stanford and the Silicon Valley, and all of a sudden our group more than quintupled to 11 and it turned into a huge expedition. Woot! Continue reading Yosemite with Friends
Our 10-day trip to Taiwan in December was, first and foremost a family trip. It’s the first time in 11 years that all five of us, my mom, dad, Steven, Henry, and I have made it back all together. Continue reading Taiwan 1 of 3 – Family
This was the fourth time I’ve visited Taiwan in the last 7 years. On previous trips, studying, teaching or leadership programs, or family have been the main focuses. Well, family was the priority this time too (see the previous post), but this was also the first time I brought a camera intent on producing some photographs. My family helped by taking us all around the island and saving some time to visit some noteworthy locations along the way. Continue reading Taiwan 2 of 3 – Travel