“People often ask me why/how I’m so happy all the time. (I literally get “picked on” at the hospital for being so happy). I haven’t always been this way, however. When I started medical school, I had complete tunnel vision. I wanted so badly to be the best student I could be that I stopped participating in many of my hobbies. I quickly learned that my study routine was unsustainable and experienced “burn out.” I wasn’t myself at all and everyone around me could tell. I started hiking as way to create a better balance for myself. It requires effort and discipline, but also allows me to disconnect from studying and my every-day routine. Taking time for myself to just “be” always reminds me of how important it is to show yourself some grace throughout this medical school journey. I encourage all students to keep the hobbies they have or start new ones to remain balanced and to remember that life requires a resolve to maintain peace despite storms we may face.
#withoutthewhitecoat I am an adventurer”
Kimyra Milhouse, MPH
DO Candidate, Class of 2019
The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine