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Blacksburg from Above

On the last (probably) day of snow this year, right before the temperatures went back up to the mid-70’s, I wanted to capture the atmosphere from a different vantage point, so I took a few photos with my flying toy quadcopter, making sure not to get too close to the local airport’s airspace or accidentally ...

Spring Snow

With the third big snowstorm hitting the East Coast in the last month, we all managed to both get a day off school and a few inches of snow, so before settling back into a long day of study, a few friends and I decided to venture outside.

First Day of Spring

Today is the first day of spring. It’s also the last day of a three week, six-exam marathon. Instead of dwelling on that very relatable medical school fact, I’ll just talk about a trip I took to Richmond for the American College of Physicians Virginia Chapter conference last week. Being a member of the organization ...

Multicultural Show

Every year, the SNMA student organization at VCOM puts on an event called the Multicultural Show. It is a celebration of all of the diversity among our students and this year, including some amazing food, art including a beautiful sculpture by one of our anatomy professors, dance numbers from Argentina and India, and much more. ...

El Salvador

More than a decade before joining the class of 2020 in medical school, I had a chance to spend about a week in the Dominican Republic on a medical mission trip. While there were definitely several aspects of the experience I didn’t like, most of them were organizational and political and, at the time, over ...

4th of July with friends

Medical school is hard. It’s harder when you come in not knowing anyone and being older than most of the other students. Having friends makes even the occasionally hellish days or weeks bearable and helps keep me sane.

Pumpkin Festival

Beer tasting, picking pumpkins, getting lost in a corn maze, and other assorted shenanigans with friends.

Solar Eclipse

I knew that a total solar eclipse was happening on August 21st of last year for a while. In fact, I knew about it more than a year in advance. Of course, back then, I wasn’t really thinking about what the next year would entail. How busy I would get and how drastically my priorities ...

March for Science

On a week-long break from med school, I attended the March for Science in Washington, D.C. Because science is important. I really wish I brought my own poster, but I had to settle with wearing my “Science: Like Magic, but Real.” t-shirt.

Bald Knob, Virginia

Last fall, a few friends and I hiked up to Bald Knob near Mountain Lake to take in the sunset. It was one of the few times I’ve managed to hike in this year, especially after living here for almost two years, but it was so worth it as the blue hue of the blue ...