It has been quite a long time since I’ve taken a traveling vacation (that did not involve my relatives..!). On breaks, I often head back to my parents’ house and chill, but there is something quite different about traveling vacations. Before these trips, I hadn’t left the country since 2007.
March and April can be such cruel months for medical students. Many are studying for boards frantically in anticipation of their examinations at the end of April and in May. So, while my peers are in the library, why was I traveling? As mentioned in my previous post, I’m taking a year of school. Alternatively, I would have been doing research over the last month, but since I am doing an entire year of that, I decided that it would be great to join my parents on a trip to Italy to visit my younger sister who currently is studying there.
I also thought I needed a break to really reset before throwing myself into board study (granted, I did study over this month), but I thought a vacation could do me some good. During undergrad, I took the MCAT while I was a junior and still taking classes. It was so difficult for me to balance everything, and I think that was a huge reason why the process was so draining, and I could have done better. This time around, I’m glad that medical school gives us time to study with no distractions (if you are considering medical school make sure they give 6-8 weeks+ of study time!!). I am also glad that I personally had a bit more time to relax as well.
1 month. 5 cities. In this post, I’m going to show you my favorite shots from Milan, Rome, Florence, Chicago and Boston.
MILANO: the Fashion Capital of the World
ROMA: Beautifully Ancient and my FAVORITE city in Italy (so far!)
FIRENZE: Villas and Tuscany
Then, after Italy it was back to Chicago for a few days. A LOT of studying happened along with good family time. I was able to hang out with my older sister a bunch, see some Chicago friends, watch Happy Valley, and check out the Van Gogh’s Bedrooms exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago!
CHICAGO: My Town
BOSTON: My Future Home
In a whirlwind trip to Boston, I was able to meet my new PI, many of the researchers in his laboratory and look at my apartment (it’s actually a house with 5 other people living there). I’m so excited to join the community! Everyone I met at the lab was friendly and knowledgeable, and I look forward to learning from them! I stayed with the wonderful Charis too and was able to meet up with Anna, a friend from undergrad.
This post really should be called 1 month. 6 cities, because I am back in Cleveland. It was a great time traveling the world and meeting new people, but now it’s time to settle down and get back to work!
Thanks for reading!