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How Kendra Got Her Groove Back

NewkendraKendra Campbell -- I’m currently sitting on my balcony, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Today is the Carnival celebration here in Dominica. I can hear the calypso music blaring from the speakers in town, and I know that the city is currently full of half naked drunk people dancing in the street. I don’t have to go to the hospital for two more days. We had a long weekend because of the Carnival celebration. I don’t really feel so much like a med student right now.

This semester has been so different from the previous ones. We only have a few hours of lecture every week, and we only have one written exam. I have to go to the hospital three times a week, but other than that, my schedule is very open. So, with all this free time on my hands, I have plenty of time to study for the USMLE Step 1 … right? Well, that was the plan. In fact, I should be studying right now instead of pondering whether or not I should put on a colorful outfit and go join the Carnival festivities.

So, why am I not studying? I think it’s a multitude of reasons. Firstly, I know that I won’t have an exam for many more weeks. It’s simply so far in the future that it’s really hard to get motivated for it. We also have very few lectures, so there isn’t all that much to study for this semester. I think I also never really made it back mentally from my vacation a few weeks ago. It was just so long, and I had so much fun that I think I forgot how to be a student.

Strangely, it’s times like this that I question whether or not medicine is a good fit for me. I’d think that most people question their decision when they’re right in the middle of studying, or when they just received a bad grade. But I’m basically the opposite. It’s when I’m doing well, or when I’m just really bored that I wonder whether or not I’ve made the right decision. Maybe I’ve just had too much time to think about things. When I’m super busy and in the middle of a hectic schedule, I simply don’t have enough time to ponder my life’s purpose.

Anyway, I think I’ll stop pontificating now and get off my butt and do some work. Maybe I’ll do some practice questions or something. Perhaps that will distract me long enough that I can get back into my groove. On second thought, maybe I’ll go check out Carnival instead. I know how easy it is for me to dance the day away. At least that’s a groove that I know I can get back.

February 5, 2008 in Kendra Campbell | Permalink


Welcome to the caribbean. I have lived in a caribbean country for 26 yrs, so I know what you're talking about. I try to get that at least 2 times a year. It's easy if you are a local there. Congrats.

Ps: Try Las Terrenas or Punta Cana next time, you wont regret it

Posted by: Jorge Valenzuela | Feb 6, 2008 8:21:16 AM

hello kindra
i have never seen anyone more fit for this carrier, in my opinion, than you.
dont let ur thoughts take u in that direction
you are a great inspiration for all of us

Posted by: fatema | Feb 20, 2008 6:30:28 PM

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