WEBVTT 1 00:00:03.600 --> 00:00:06.750 Dear past me before entering medical school. 2 00:00:06.930 --> 00:00:09.990 I thought life ends when medical school starts. 3 00:00:10.470 --> 00:00:14.520 I can tell you now that is not the case. Life honestly begins. 4 00:00:14.521 --> 00:00:15.990 Once you enter medical school, 5 00:00:16.530 --> 00:00:20.220 you will make new friends who will be your future colleagues and referral base 6 00:00:20.310 --> 00:00:21.143 and don't worry. 7 00:00:21.330 --> 00:00:24.720 You will still be able to stay in touch with your old friends and never miss a 8 00:00:24.721 --> 00:00:25.620 family event. 9 00:00:26.370 --> 00:00:29.910 Everything in medical school taught me that you make times for the things that 10 00:00:29.911 --> 00:00:33.000 are important to you and then studying just falls into place. 11 00:00:34.260 --> 00:00:37.680 Even though medical school meant I didn't need to sacrifice as much as I 12 00:00:37.681 --> 00:00:40.500 thought, it can still be overwhelming at times. 13 00:00:40.980 --> 00:00:44.940 It can sometimes seem like you are waiting in a small pool that keeps filling 14 00:00:44.941 --> 00:00:47.490 with water a little faster than you can keep up with. 15 00:00:48.270 --> 00:00:52.470 Having a safe space to relax and reground yourself is extremely important. 16 00:00:53.130 --> 00:00:55.860 Noticing a lack of such a space on our campus, 17 00:00:56.070 --> 00:00:58.740 me and two other students created the healing path, 18 00:00:59.400 --> 00:01:03.570 an outdoor area dedicated to student and physician wellness in the center of our 19 00:01:03.571 --> 00:01:04.620 beautiful campus. 20 00:01:05.760 --> 00:01:09.590 The healing path is proof that students can make a large impact. 21 00:01:10.040 --> 00:01:13.790 We were able to fund the project completely through donations and included as 22 00:01:13.791 --> 00:01:18.500 many student faculty and staff opinions as possible so that everyone on 23 00:01:18.501 --> 00:01:20.030 campus can take ownership of it. 24 00:01:21.350 --> 00:01:25.280 It was important to me and my two colleagues to leave our names on the physical 25 00:01:25.281 --> 00:01:29.870 path with a note to our fellow students so they know it was a student 26 00:01:29.871 --> 00:01:31.910 project to better other students. 27 00:01:32.510 --> 00:01:35.510 The path just helped show that when life gets stressful, 28 00:01:35.810 --> 00:01:40.070 there's always a place you can go to unwind and there's always a person you can 29 00:01:40.071 --> 00:01:44.930 reach out to that feels the same way. Sincerely, Samantha, future healer.