Psttt…I used to blog over at Meghan’s Mind but wanted to create a more professional, medicine and running-focused blog. If you’re interested in reading about pre-fall 2016 adventures (notably my service trip to Namibia, Bike & Build, getting back into competitive running, and the many stumbling blocks of my first two years of med school, head over there!)
My name is Meghan. I am a 25 year old blessed Catholic, avid runner and lover of (almost) all things that involve moving my body, functional hot mess, and mediocre third year medical student on a bit of a roundabout path to my dream career.
I began running as an uncoordinated eighth grader who got B’s in PE class and was prepared to be cut from the high school cross country team. I was pleasantly surprised to find that 1) the team didn’t make cuts, and 2) I found some success in running. My high school team won the Maryland State Championships my senior year, and I went on to run cross country in college. Although I was once concerned with running fast, today I run because of how it makes me feel; no other thing on this earth has ever given me the self-confidence, happiness, and physical, emotional, and spiritual high I feel when I’m moving one foot in front of the other. (Although running fast is a plus!) It is my favorite part of the day. It is a huge part of who I am.
My goal in this life is to leave this world a better place by living each day for the glory of God by serving others. I’m still trying to figure out what this specifically means, but for now, I’m more than willing to continue picking myself up when I stumble until I get it right. Life has led me to the very interesting path that is medical school, and I’d venture to say I’ve hit a few more speed bumps than most other students. At the moment, I hope to pursue a career in primary care.
It’s a big, scary world out there, and I’m determined to see as much of it as I can. This God-given life has been incredibly good to me, and I am blessed to have had the opportunities to travel and volunteer domestically and abroad. Wanderlust and a Franciscan duty to serve the least among us has taken me to Nambia to teach math and English to elementary and middle school aged children for a summer, across the country on my bicycle, building affordable homes along the way, to an Indian Health Service Hospital on the Navajo Reservation, and other adventures closeby and beyond. My personal time is and will continue to be limited throughout school and training, but I am a firm believer that there is beauty and joy to be found anywhere you dare to look for it.
Today I blog to communicate with all of the wonderful people I’ve met in various stages of this beautiful life, to gather my thoughts, and to start to collect hard evidence to prove to my grandkids one day that, yes, all of the crazy stories I tell them are, indeed, true.