January 16th was exactly 2 months out from Match Day.
What is Match Day, you ask? It’s only one of the most stressful days of any medical student’s life.
On Match Day, you find out where in the country a computer algorithm has placed you for your residency (aka where you do your training once you decide what kind of doctor you want to be). You are given one option, and one option only, and if you choose not to go there, you’re banned from most residencies for the rest of your life. Ohhhhhh, and to top it off, there aren’t enough spots for everyone to Match, which means you just paid for 4-8 years of med school and can’t get an actual job.
What I’m trying to say is that it’s not a fun process.
Anyway, on the morning of January 16th, I was woken up at 6am by my friend as he got ready to go to work by the following:
“Honey, are you okay?”
Naturally, I was confused, and not only because I had just woken up and I personally got to go back to sleep for another 2 hours.
“Well, you woke up around 2 am, threw yourself out of bed, screamed ‘Oh my god I’m not going to Match!!!!’ in this horrible voice, then jumped back into bed and pulled the covers up really tight. I tried waking you up to see if you were okay but I couldn’t.”
You thought only small children had night terrors? Oh no. We med students have them, too.
For those of you wondering, I did match. I’ll be doing my Anesthesiology residency in Chicago starting this July!
No More Nightmares Sweet Potatoes
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1 tbsp light butter
- 1/8 c fat free greek yogurt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Peel sweet potato and dice into chunks. Place into a medium saucepan, cover with water, and add some salt.
- Boil for approximately 10-20 minutes (depending on the size of your chunks) or until the sweet potato is easily pierced by a fork (and you want this to slide right in- otherwise it makes the next steps harder).
- Drain and add butter. Using a heavy duty whisk, mash the potatoes, being sure to whip some air into them as you do so (just stir them fast every so often with the whisk).
- Add in greek yogurt, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Salt and pepper to taste. And whip some more air in with that whisk.