Hi Everyone! It's certainly been a while since I've written; you could say I took a Summer hiatus. But no more! I realize it's time to get my head back in the game and stay focused on this journey of mine. So much has happened since my last post in May. Realizing this was my … Continue reading Summer Vacation Over
The countdown till I move to Ohio is ON. In the midst of looking for an apartment, a possible car to buy (because Philadelphia and Columbus are NOT the same when it comes to public transportation), I've also being making it a point to spend time with family and friends. Each weekend has brought on … Continue reading The Beginning of the End
I am a proud alum of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). As I mentioned in an interview, I double majored in African Studies and Sociology of Health and Medicine. Now imagine my shock to learn that my university abruptly decided to shut down its Africa Center. Yes, an elite university such as UPenn, shutting down the … Continue reading Penn Students Protest Abrupt Closure of the UPenn Africa Center
I love obstacle races. There's something about being able to push my limits, to really test my strength, to challenge my physical and mental endurance, that just gets me GOING. It's no wonder "GRIT" is a characteristic and concept I value (see previous blog post here). I've competed in the Spartan Race for the past two … Continue reading Conquer Your Obstacles: BE A SPARTAN!
Category: Spiritual Life - My Musings Today is Good Friday. As a Christian this is something that's important to me - acknowledging the day Christ was crucified. It's also a season of celebration, because a few days later (Sunday), we celebrate Easter - His resurrection! For anyone in the Philadelphia area, I'm part of the … Continue reading IT IS FINISHED – The Easter Experience
A few weeks ago, I was reflecting on my med school journey (as I often do), but this time getting frustrated. Why was my journey so different than I imagined it would be 6 years ago? In a matter of seconds, two words came to mind - curve balls. Yes, Derin, life is always going to … Continue reading Who Moved My Cheese?! – Reminiscing on Unexpected Changes
It's been a while since I've talked about my fitness endeavors but I've certainly been busy! This past weekend, I had the opportunity of speaking at an event, the "Be Empowered: Live Workshop and Network Event" hosted by On-Point Eventz. I spoke on embracing your passion and getting paid for it, and used my fitness experience as … Continue reading Get Fit and Fine with Dee!
My eyes glistened with excitement when I read last line: "If you complete both the biometric screening and the online Health Assessment by the campaign deadlines, you’ll receive a $100 cash incentive award." Yes, bolded just like that. As if the writer imagined I might miss those magic words - incentive award. It almost seemed too … Continue reading “I’ll Get Healthy If You Pay Me”
The Harvard Medical Student Review published an article in their January 2015 issue, "Dr. Maiden Name Will Now See You Now" which highlights the decision female doctors make once married - to adopt their husband’s name or to keep their maiden name. The article includes the results of a survey taken by women in the second-year class at Harvard … Continue reading The Dilemma: Dr. Maiden Name or Dr. Husband’s Name
It's that time of the year when I sit and reflect on the year - the highlights, the lessons learned, the challenges, and the celebratory moments. To do this, I use my journal and scan through the many months of writing, laughing, "oOoo'ing" and "Awww'ing" all through the exercise. It is in this moment I … Continue reading Reflecting on 2014: A Year of Greater