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3 weeks ago
Although I try to keep things positive on here, I must admit that I did hit a rough patch in my life 3 years ago. Working 7 days a week, volunteering and taking the required prereqs for PA school really took a toll on me physically but also on my mental health. Year after year of getting rejected from PA school and seeing my peers move onto the next stages of the process, I could not help be question my worthiness and whether or not I would ever make the cut. .
April 2016 was when I literally hit my breaking point, it was at that moment that I realized that I needed help and began counseling. Through this, I have learned how to identify of my triggers and the importance of mindfulness which I have incorporated into my life . Although, I only attended 2-3 sessions that in itself helped immensely. The key thing to remember is that everyone’s journey is different, take it at your own pace, trust in the process and in time things will get B E T T E R .
Help and assistance is available through organizations like @namicommunicate . Please contact them for more info/ resources.
I am tagging @pasinparadise@hardwork_pa_ysoff29@shelbsinscrubs@tiffanywpa@functionalhealthpa@socalprepa@whitecoatchasing to share their story.
1 month ago
Photos on our social media always show us having an amazing time and being fierce--and we are! This podcast makes us so happy and it's a passion. As part of #sharerawmoments, we're going to share the unfiltered, not-so-pretty stuff. Launching this podcast with 3 hosts wasn't the plan--it was born from a lot of doubt and determination. All three of us had to learn about each other AND get in the trenches about what "firing on all cylinders" meant. It's Nehal flying cross-country, juggling her marketing career, and recording immediately after a draining day of work in SF. It's Resham building a yoga business, getting 2 hours of sleep on a regular basis and taking care of her family. It's Annika injuring her neck, and having to work from a foam roller on the floor to podcast, work, and meet her book deadline. It means 4 hour meetings where we argue about how to get our shit together. We've had to walk away from conversations to cool off. Our group WhatsApp regularly blows up at 2 AM. There are time zones between us, and lifestyle differences that clash...hard.
At the end of the day, it's not always easy. It's not always beautiful. It's not always clear. But we love what we do, try to push, and have learned every day about what it takes to make a team work when you're building something you're passionate about. What's your raw moment? Each post with #sharerawmoments and tagging @sharerawmoments will earn $1.00 toward the National Institute of Mental Health--tag 3 friends! We challenge @nriwomanpodcast, @browngirlworks, @badbrownaunties, and @queeringdesi.
Annika, Nehal and Resham
💍: @dazzlewithfashion 💄: @artistrybyanika
1 month ago
My 99 year old grandpa. He has CHF, his wife (my grandma) passed away in January, but his wisdom is so inspiring. I’m so thankful for him. @sharerawmoments#sharerawmoments - challenging: @dr.ryan, @har_dhali, @liliitrann, @scopesandscrubs, @thewokedesi
3 weeks ago
A year ago, I moved to a new city to start working toward my dream of becoming a PA. I didn’t expect the toll that it would take on me physically, mentally, and emotionally. I was challenged daily and felt constantly stressed and anxious. It wasn’t until second semester when I started to feel better. I started taking time each week to spend with friends and family. It helped me stay balanced and reminded me that it’s ok to not be studying sometimes. Honestly, this time spent away from studying decreased my stress and increased my performance in class.
I’m not sure I would have made it through school without the support of my family back home, but equally as important, my family here at school. They made sure I ate, slept, got assignments in on time, and had a ride to wherever we were going 😜. You know the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child?”, well it takes a damn village to get everyone through PA school and I am so thankful these folks are my village 💕🥰. I honestly do not know how I could have survived each day without them. Special shoutout to @thispa_bettawerk for constantly checking in to make sure I’m doing ok 🥺💕, I appreciate you more than ever, thank you for being great. #fromwombtotomb
To anyone who is starting PA school in the next few days/weeks/months, just remember to take each day one at a time and know that you’re not alone. It’s ok to feel sad here and there, but pick yourself up and keep going. Find a solid group of friends, who become your forever friends and help carry each other through. To anyone who may be struggling, feel free to pop into my DMs, maybe I can provide some sort of comfort in knowing that the feeling is normal and you will get through it!
My dear friend, Sheena (@sharerawmoments) tagged me to participate in a mental health challenge. She’s challenging people to share raw moments and for each post, $1.00 is donated to the National Institute of Mental Health. I’m tagging @hardwork_pa_ysoff29, @thispa_bettawerk, @tiffanywpa, @katybpnp, @annathepa_, and @prepa_inspiras to share (details on the last photo)
1 month ago
I did not anticipate how 𝘵𝘢𝘹𝘪𝘯𝘨 this month could've been. I struggled with 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧-𝘥𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 for the better half of June.
My May EOR exam didn't pan out as expected.
Getting pimped in front of the whole ED unit was traumatizing. I simply froze.
Got an email from my professor that said my practice Kaplan scores were below the class average. (This email came the day before our 450 question exam we had this past Friday.)
"I'm not doing so hot... I'm almost done with school... Will I even pass the PANCE? Incompetent. Imposter. 🤦🏻♀️"
I did not expect to feel this way this month. I am doing much better this weekend after that huge test. I passed and exceeded my personal expectations.
I am far from being the perfect student, however when I make mistakes, you better believe that I'm going to bounce back 💯
𝐑𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫: IG is a highlight reel. Real life things happen behind the scenes. Don't forget that!
#PAstudent #PAschool#motivation#emergencymedicine#rotations#jazminekpa#physicianassistant#pimped#struggle #sharerawmoments @sharerawmoments
1 month ago
Thank you @jazminek_pa for always being supportive and transparent with everything. This is the goal that I want for #sharerawmoments. We shouldn’t just depict the good, we should allow ourselves to be okay with the struggles. Thank you for being you 💕 #selfdefeat#dedication
1 month ago
Thank you for opening up and telling others how you feel. Our society doesn’t change in a day but one day, more people will be willing to inspire and share their stories just like you did so that they don’t feel alone and they too can feel comfortable to #sharerawmoments 💕You are an inspiration to many ❤️#anxiety
2 weeks ago
im•pos•tor: a person who pretends to be someone else in order to deceive others
impostor syndrome: a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”
Anyone else ever feel this way?
I just finished my first two rotations, both in Internal Medicine (IM), and I’ve learned so much and have grown so much in these last two months..... yet I still feel like I know n o t h i n g. 😫
My General Surgery rotation is next and let me tell you… I have been feeling so anxious about this rotation!
1) this will be my first inpatient experience (my last two rotations were outpatient, and I’ve only ever worked in outpatient) and
2) what if I’m not meant to be here? What if I’m a “fraud”? And what happens if they find out…? 🤔😰
It gets the best of us. When you know the material... Yet, when you get “pimped” AKA quizzed on the spot, you draw a blank and it’s as if you never even went to PA school. 🤦🏼♀️ (swipe to the next pic 😂)
I wish I was more confident in myself and my abilities right now... But I’m not. 😔 Definitely about to get eaten alive (again) 😂
Confidence is something we work towards daily. Imposter syndrome is felt by many. It is prevalent in health professions, though not exclusive to it. It is especially common among those who grew up in lower SES classes and those from minority communities.
To anyone struggling with this, remember that you are not alone. And to hang in there, because you’re making progress. Just one step at a time... There’s a quote from @brenebrown that helps me: instead of “faking it til you make it”, she says “take it til you make it.. take the failure, the rejection, the “ass-kicking”.. and remind yourself that it’s moving you closer to where you want to be”. ✨
I was tagged by @lilpalife for the #ShareRawMoments@sharerawmoments campaign, which is a mental health challenge started by @sheenki13. For each post, $1 is donated to the National Institute of Mental Health. I’m tagging @aaronangkor @just.wendi @_mae0711 @_natalie.marie_ @whitecoatchasing@parkerprepa to share their experiences! (details on the last photo)
1 month ago
Many people told me it took them 6 months to fully transition to a new place. It took me longer, 9-10 months. I struggled A LOT when I first moved to Florida. I resorted to past eating disorder behaviors, because it was the only thing that felt familiar in a foreign place.
Fast forward a few months, I sought help. I talked to my family, and I found a therapist. I started to put myself first. I quit my job, I practiced more yoga, journaled weekly, spent less time on IG, and spent more time with others. Talk therapy was helpful, but DOING and ENGAGING with others is what I found truly healing + living more in the grey area has been FREEING. #doingishealing
Setbacks happen, but that’s life. Just realize they are moments to set you up for something greater. From this, I have even more love, gratitude and compassion for myself. 💛💗 #cwkeats
Also, my friend Sheena is donating a 1.00 for everyone who shares a raw moment to the National Institute of Mental Health. It’s a movement to help us realize we’re not alone. Support her and read more about this challenge @sharerawmoments 🤗💛 #sharerawmoments (I’ve known her since undergrad, and love what she’s doing!)
6 days ago
Fight for what you want! I, unlike most med students you see on here didn’t do the greatest in undergrad, at least not well enough to get into med school. I’d done great in a blue ribbon high school but kind of lost track of my focus during the first 2 years of college. I was in denial until Junior year when I picked myself up and shaped up my GPA and MCAT. However, it was a little too late for the traditional route to med school. •
Most people at this point had written me off and said to choose another career besides medicine. It was discouraging and truly demoralizing! There were plenty of nights of tears, fear, and inexplicable anger at myself. However, I didn’t give up. I kept looking for other ways to reach my end goal and finally found one. It hasn’t been a smooth ride but anything worth getting, isn’t gotten easily! So, if you’ve been told no, just put a smile on, dig deep and keep fighting for your end goal.
I like to think those obstacles and mistakes will make a better doctor. It’s definitely made me a better person! I’m more resilient and listen to my inner self much more, because that girl knows the true me. The me that doesn’t give up without a fight, the me that cries at ad’s of animals or children in pain and so much more. Being a doctor isn’t about perfection but rather about working hard and staying persistent.
1 week ago
#sharerawmoments for me was kind of sharing a side of me that was less than perfect. It was raw. And I think it’s something that will break the mental health stigma. I received so many letters where so many individuals opened up and felt like I should put up a campaign where they can feel like they can open up and connect to others. I’m challenging and encouraging others to connect via hardships, rejections, failures, diseases, accomplishments, etc. We tend to see all the filters but it’s nice to know what’s going on behind the scenes and be transparent in knowing we are not alone. This is an ongoing challenge. I don’t expect it to be viral. My day would be made if it made a difference to one person! Let’s try to raise as much money as we can for the National Institute of Mental Health with the @sharerawmoments mental health challenge! - 💕Sheena Amin
1 week ago
Thank you @ishishha for being so vulnerable and sharing raw moments. I admire you so much. This #sharerawmoments mental health challenge has no timeline. If it makes a difference to one person than I’ll be happy :) ❤️ #sharerawmoments
1 week ago
I’ve found myself really far away myself. If that makes any sense. I need to pick up a pen again. I feel like all my edges have become rougher and I want to be soft again. I’ve moved around so much idono where I belong anymore. Most days I have no clue what I’m doing and it’s hard to stay focused, but yeah... Anyway, thank god @michyr587 fixed my hair
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