Originally posted on my friend’s blog: http://whitecoatthings.blogspot.com/2017/06/dont-stop-music.html
Contrary to popular belief, there is time during medical school for extracurricular activities and relationships with friends, family, and significant others. You won’t have time for everything you want to do, but you can choose to make time for what’s important to you.
Through trial and error, I’ve found a passion that I think about from the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep: DJing. I’m thinking of my next move all of the time. I’m going on DJCity looking for the latest exclusives. I’m watching Steve Aoki’s live set from Ultra Miami 2017. I’m watching tutorials on how to create enhanced transitions and how to scratch hip-hop tracks.
I can’t wait for my skills to improve. I can’t wait to use the subwoofer I just bought. I can’t wait to play at my first club. There’s a lot of excitement invested into this hobby and it’s only increasing daily. My favorite memory this past year was DJing at Mount Sunapee Resort for John Stark High School’s prom night. The crowd reaction and energy were crazy throughout the night. From Lil Yachty to Afrojack, the students loved the tracks and danced all night long.
This year my priority is to successfully prepare for the USMLE Step 1 that I will take in June 2018. Step 1 causes much anxiety for medical students as the score is later used for specialty selection and residency placement. There’s no reason, however, to put my passion to the side for a high stakes exam like I have done previously with writing and recording hip-hop music. I’ll be smart about studying effectively, but I don’t want to end up a zombie by the end of the year. There will be parties to be hosted, lots of people to meet, and loud music to be played.