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July 24, 2019

This week was a whirlwind. While the entire program up to this point had been characterized by meetings with incredibly admirable and successful individuals from our community, none of the events quite pushed me to question my views or my career insights quite like this week. All my life, I felt like I had been surrounded by the same people with the same car...

July 30, 2018

Here are some things I know for certain. I love Michigan (the school and the state). Pineapples should not be on pizza. The WLP is amazing, and my cohort is like family.

A little less certain? What my future holds. I am one of our cohort’s many pre-meds – I hoped that working in our nation’s capital would help me integrate my interests in public health and go...

July 17, 2018

This week’s blog title might imply that we reached an inflection point—a point at which we discovered what this city, this program, and everything they have to offer mean for us—but for me, that question mark is especially key. The reality is that the wealth of opportunities to which we have been exposed is equal parts motivating and overwhelming, and each w...

Now that our third week in Washington is wrapping up, I have achieved some semblance of a morning routine. The alarm goes off right before 8. Living in Foggy Bottom makes it possible to sleep in a bit more than some of my intern friends can, and it is a blessing I can’t stop being grateful for. I let myself stay in bed for a couple of minutes, scrolling thro...

June 20, 2018

It’s been an incredible (albeit hot and humid) first week here in DC! We kicked off WLP with a weekend orientation where we heard from a host of incredible speakers and got to know each other as a cohort. The nine of us are pretty diverse in terms of our backgrounds, perspectives and what issues interest us. Ranging from social determinants of health to iden...

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