Who am I? Good question. I am not sure I know, nor do I believe that I should know. The answer to that question seems to be ever changing and evolving. If you had asked me that question a couple of years ago, I probably would have used phrases like “caring sister,” “loving daughter,” “driven scholar,” “compassionate volunteer.” That was before I was taken on the biggest roller coaster (that is still not over) — anorexia nervosa. The road to recovery has been filled with pain and tears, but has totally transformed me. I am a much better version of the girl I was before the disease.
Now if you asked me to describe myself, I would add phrases like “rhythm-less dancer,” “coloring book addict,” “Netflix connoisseur”. The pervious phrases still apply, but they aren’t everything. Yes, I love learning and helping others, and want others to see that side of me. However, I don’t want those parts to be all they see of me. I want them to hear my terrible karaoke renditions of Taylor Swift, to see my stick-figure paintings, to taste my burnt toast and to copy my lame dance moves.
The bump in the road caused by my eating disorder derailed the timeline I set for myself in high school when I mapped out my entire journey to becoming a physician. I have no doubt that I will reach my goal in due time. For now, I want to celebrate my recent graduation as an undergraduate from Johns Hopkins University (Go Hop!), settle into my new job as a medical scribe at UCI (and part-time job at Panera Bread…yum) and enjoy living at home with my family in beautiful Southern California!
Why Preppy and Periwinkle?
Who doesn’t love preppy monograms, bows, and polka dots? Well you may not, but I sure do. More importantly, I chose periwinkle as it is the color of the ribbon for eating disorder awareness. To learn more about the disease, take a free screening, or seek care, visit the website for the National Eating Disorder Association.