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It really felt like Spring Break could not have come at a more opportune time. Many of my classmates, including myself, were ready for a change after our unit on the central nervous system. The brain is fascinating, but there sure are a lot of parts to memorize! The nuclei, and tracts, and many specific anatomical features in the head and neck can seem never-ending. After CNS, we had a week of practicing our diagnostic skills during Chief Concern week, and then we were finally off to Spring Break.

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Beautiful hike over packed snow

I spent the first half of break in Colorado with one of my college roommates, Martha. We spent a few days in Boulder and in Denver and had a chance to hike up the Flatirons and across frozen lakes and up mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park. The experience was exhilarating. I had never been that high up on a mountain before! The panoramic views were incredible and I just couldn’t contain my excitement. It’s amazing how much better food tastes, too, after spending all day moving.

Now that break is almost over, I feel so much more refreshed and ready to head back into a stretch of intense learning. (I wish my ears would catch up though; they have yet to equalize the pressure correctly post-mountains. After CNS I can picture exactly what my Eustachian tube needs to do to re-equilibrate). The M1s are starting the infectious disease sequence on Monday, which I have heard great things about. You know a class has to be good if the upperclassmen have made T-shirts with the professor on them. After this trip, I’m also a lot more motivated to keep up with a rigorous exercise routine so I can take on harder hiking and climbing routes this summer. Here’s to new challenges, warmer days, and staying mentally well in this last stretch of the semester!

 

Shubhangi (Nonie) Arora is a third-year medical student at University of Michigan Medical School. She is deeply invested in health policy initiatives and quality improvement research. She can be followed on Twitter @nonie_arora.