My dear friend Éste, medical student blogger and creator of esteandginelle.com, tagged me to introduce myself to y’all. So here we go!
Who are you and where do you study?
My name is Melina Rae, and I am a third year medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.
When did you start studying medicine or pre-med courses?
I graduated from undergrad in May 2015 and began my medical school education in August 2015.
What made you choose the medical field?
For the longest time, I wanted to be an actress and/or an author. It wasn’t until my middle and high school science classes when I discovered that I enjoyed science and was actually capable of pursuing a field in the sciences. I took every personality test, career aptitude test, etc. I could find to see what career options were a good fit for me. Becoming a physician was one of those options that appeared multiple times on my assessments. At the time, my high school boyfriend’s mom was a nurse and I would talk to her about what it was like to have a job in the medical field. I also started shadowing doctors, volunteering at the hospital, and even participated in a program that explored a different medical profession every month. The more I learned about becoming a physician, the more I loved it and realized it was the perfect way for me to help others through my career.
How did you come up with your blog name/username?
The superficial meaning: I wanted to come up with a blog name that also incorporated some of my real name, hence the “Rae” in Live Raediantly. People also describe me as a ray of sunshine, so the name is a play on that as well :P.
Deeper meaning: Recently, I’ve chosen my life mission statement to be the Bible verse Matthew 5:16- “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Anything and everything that is good and lovely about me, I attribute to Jesus Christ. Because of a grace-giving, merciful God I have no fear of an eternity of suffering and I have a hope to cling to. I pray that the life I live begins to reflect more and more of the Holy Spirit that lives within me.
How would you describe your blog?
A space I used to talk about medical school, my favorite things, my faith, health and wellness, and whatever else is speaking to me and feel the need for others to know.
What’s your favorite quote?
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Best memory in medical school?
Logging into the NBOME website and reading, “exam status: PASS” after taking COMLEX level 1! What a happy day!
What’s one course you struggled with?
Hmmm… all of them? Haha. I think the hardest one for me personally was first semester anatomy. I never took an anatomy class before, and it was basically like learning a new language on top of studying for our molecular medicine course. It was also hard for me to transition from undergraduate studying to medical school studying.
What’s your favorite book? My all time favorite book is Gone with the Wind.
What do you do in your free time?
Spend time with loved ones, study scripture, soak up the sun, binge-watch shows on Netflix, go to the gym, read, write.
What do you want to major or specialize in?
Pediatrics! I love working with the kiddos and their families.
Who do you look up to?
My mom is a total bad-ass woman. She immigrated to the United States, worked her butt off, and climbed to the top of her field. She has always pushed me to dream bigger and has shown me that if I want something badly enough to go for it.
How do you study (productively)?
I have to find a great study space, and it’s always a different spot (almost never at home!). I make a list of what I need to accomplish, make sure my phone is out of sight, put on some study tunes (mainly classical, but I switch it up), and get to work.
How do you stay motivated in medical school?
I stay grateful. I thank God for allowing me to be here in medical school, getting to learn about the human body and how to heal it. I also have an amazing support system of family, friends, and my significant other who all remind me that I can get through this.
What are your best tips for future medical students?
Don’t compare your journey to everyone else’s. You are unique, so of course your journey will be different. There is a reason why you are here and why you are called to do this. It is because YOU have something great to offer!