5 Things That Make Me Happy

Hey friends!

Although we are all pre-health individuals, I think it is important to occasionally step back and remember what brings us happiness outside of our studies. It is so easy to get overwhelmed by the whole process involved in pursuing a professional degree. We frequently think about the exams or deadlines we are stressed about, but how often do we think about the things that make us smile? A positive attitude goes a long way, especially on a track that can be very rigorous and demanding.

On that note, I’d like to share some things that make me happy:

1. Asian food. Pad thai, sushi, and milk tea are just a few of my favorite things.

2. Playing ultimate frisbee. I never feel more confident than I do when I’m out on the field. I feel like the most pure version of myself while I am playing because I am 100% focused on being in the moment.

3. Reading. To be honest, undergrad temporarily ruined reading for me. With hundreds of assigned pages per night, it was hard to enjoy reading without feeling stressed. Now that I have graduated, I enjoy reading what I want when I want, and it has helped me spark my love of learning again.

4. Drake. I genuinely enjoy every single one of his songs. Some of my favorites include “Club Paradise” and “Furthest Thing.” My favorite album of his is Nothing Was The Same, but I really do love them all. I got to see him in concert for my 21st birthday and it was a dream come true!

5. My cat. Last but certainly not least, my little Maui is the love of my life. (Apologies to my wonderful boyfriend but she was here first). She is a very crazy kitty, but she is always down to cuddle. 😻 Don’t worry, I won’t leave you guys hanging… here’s a picture of Maui atop my old Organic Chemistry textbook:


Thanks for reading! I strongly encourage you to reflect on what makes you happy. This activity was a great stress-reliever for me and it also boosted my mood quite a bit. Feel free to list your sources of happiness out in the comments; I’d love to read them!



Welcome new readers!

If you’re here, I’d be willing to bet you’re like most other pre-health students out there: you’re smart and you’re hardworking, but you’re a little lost on the best way to reach your goals.

Maybe you have a low GPA. Maybe you have changed your major 6+ times (that’s what I did 😣). Maybe you have the most amazing stats of all time but are just looking for a community of people to relate to. Whatever your reason(s), I’m here to help!

A little bit about me: My name is Sam, and I’m a recent graduate of the pre-health program at my university with a Bachelors in Political Science. I currently work two jobs; I am a scribe at my local hospital and I also work in the health policy program at my county health department.


My goal for this blog is for it to be more than just a resource for students on one track. One of the main things I love about the field of health care is that it encompasses so much more than just going to medical school and becoming a physician (although there’s nothing wrong with that!). I have met so many incredible people on my journey that have caused me to follow a different path than I originally intended. I am here to share some tips I’ve learned along the way and to share my experiences with you.


I’m excited for you to join me as I continue through my own journey and as I learn about yours. Please introduce yourself in the comments and let me know how you found this website!