Tiffany* walked into the clinic. Her tie-dyed skinny jeans and neon yellow manicure were no stranger to this office, nor to me.
She had come into the clinic one week prior, for what she called a “girl problem.” While in the exam room, waiting for me, her mouth filled to the brim with all the words she was waiting to express. Once I walked in, it barely took a second for that volcano of emotion and words to overflow and bubble. I remember her ebullience, how eager she was, how much she needed to just talk to someone.
I can never forget the Indian values that were instilled in me from a young age. One of the most popular edicts I heard growing up was Matha, Pitha, Guru, Daivam. Simply translated, this means “mother, father, teacher, God,” referring to the order of reverence one must follow. Although in my younger years, I recognized this lesson, the revelation truly hit me once I embarked on my journey through medical school.
Swathi is a Maryland bred music lover (and shoe lover!) who moonlights as a medical student during the day. She has been singing for 20 years and loves artistic expression as an outlet for freedom, and to let go of life's everyday stresses! She is also keenly interested in pediatrics and health/education advocacy for children, and hopes to better the lives her future patients, one at a time.