Settling Into My New Chicago Life

So much has happened in the last month! I graduated from the basic sciences portion of medical school, packed up my life from the island and relocated to Chicago, AND started an intensive board review course, all within a matter of a few weeks. I have been on the go since I got back to the US, and haven’t even had a moment to sit down and breathe for a second. I’ve been sleep deprived, stressed with trying to find a short-term apartment, and trying to get organized for the board review course. FINALLY, I have settled into a cute little Chicago suburb and it finally feels like home – at least for the summer!

I have already completed the first week of the board review course. I know the summer is going to FLY BY because I will be studying so much, and tying together everything I learned in basic sciences. It feels SO GOOD to be back in the US! I definitely took for granted my life here before I moved abroad to the islands, as far as the convenience of everything. It’s amazing to be able to get into the car and go wherever I want. It’s a great feeling to go to a grocery store and get all my ingredients in one place. I was able to drive 3 hours out west this past weekend to a small town for my cousin’s university graduation. It’s so great having the option to go home to SC pretty much whenever I want – and it won’t take a whole day of travel to get there. It’s wonderful being able to go study at a Starbucks for the afternoon. One thing that was a little overwhelming for me, was realizing all of the things I’ve missed out on these last two years; I feel like I have so much catching up to do. I discovered UberEATS for the first time a few days ago, and thought it was the coolest thing ever! It’s an indescribable feeling to know that I am back in familiar territory for good, and moving forward with my career. I am settling back into the US wonderfully, and ready to see what this summer has in store for me! I’m one step closer to taking the USMLE Step 1 and am feeling more motivated than ever. A change in environment and being back “home” is such a great feeling!

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