Preclinical

Aaron Watson Aaron Watson (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of California Riverside


Aaron Watson is a 1st year medical student at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine. After receiving his bachelor’s in biochemistry at the same university, Aaron decided to pursue a career in medicine. Outside of classes, Aaron spends most of his free time between family, the school gym and the occasional political discussion. While these three hobbies don’t always fit together well, it’s a unique combination that keeps his spirits up in a world of high stress and demands.




You Don’t Until You Know

The library opens at 8 a.m. As usual, I overestimated my commute and arrived almost 15 minutes early. This became an everyday occurrence for not just me but for another library inhabitant like myself, That one guy. As I approached the library’s closed double-doors, I saw that one guy waiting.

Learning The Textbook Case

Staring at each high-yield line in First Aid, attempting to commit every word to memory, hour-upon-hour, is the life of a medical student. The stress, isolation and over-caffeination, amidst the constant influx of information, is overwhelming and can cause even the most compassionate student to forget why they are studying.

Paying it Forward: Top 5 Takeaways from Medical School So Far

Earlier this month, I watched my younger sister begin her medical school journey as she walked on stage in front of family members and peers to be officially “white-coated.” I had never been to another white coat ceremony since my own years ago. It was fascinating to observe it from my now-more-seasoned fourth-year medical student eyes — especially at another institution.

Michael Appeadu (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Emory University School of Medicine


Michael Appeadu is a fourth year medical student at Emory University School of Medicine. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012, where he studied sociology and biology. Michael has served as president for Emory's chapter of Student National Medical Association, a group dedicated to addressing the needs of underserved populations and supporting underrepresented minority students. He enjoys thriller movies, ping pong, conversations with friends and family, traveling, and storytelling.