I just lost my uncle to COVID-19. I am writing this to honor him because I cannot leave the country to travel to Canada to see him, I could not visit him in the hospital when he needed us the most, I cannot attend his funeral, and I could not tell him in person how much I love him and appreciate everything he has done for me.

He was ...

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Tiramisu, chocolate mousse, red velvet cake, freshly baked cookies, and warm brownies topped with ice cream. These are some of my favorite desserts and the things I start thinking about when I am under intense stress. I often gaze at the bakery section at the grocery store just to take a look when I feel overwhelmed with stress at work or home. It is the classic description of what we ...

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Going to medical school was a dream come true. I was excited; I couldn't wait. I spent my childhood dreaming about it. It was this amazing fantasy in my head where nothing was impossible, and I would be able to help thousands of people, maybe millions? Biology, physiology, chemistry, physics -- they resonated with me. I could not imagine doing anything else. I loved meeting new people. I loved learning ...

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Life is short. We always hear that phrase but really don't know what it truly means. What I mean is that life doesn't feel short; we complain of our days being too long, or weeks too busy and dragged out. The only thing that feels too short in my life are weekends. There comes a point in life where I think you figure out what it means, you look back ...

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Apparently, I wanted to become a doctor since I was four. My mother tells the story of me getting ready for bed and simply saying: "Mommy, when I grow up I want to be a doctor so I can make people better." This notion stuck with me, and, luckily, I took a liking to biology, anatomy and all the sciences throughout school making my little four-year-old dreams come true. And now, ...

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