Secrets to Succeeding in Med School - Amanda

Our friend @coffeeandscrubs — aka Amanda — has one of the cutest Instagram feeds we've seen. That's why we asked her to take over ours... and to share a little bit of her life with us. Whether she's working hard or taking a well-deserved coffee break, this med student is always up to something awesome. And her blog Coffee and Scrubs is pretty cool, too. 

Hi, guys! I’m Amanda, the face behind @coffeeandscrubs. I’m currently making my way through my third year of medical school and hoping to find the perfect specialty for me! Thank you to FIGS for allowing me to give you guys a glimpse into my life and the things that make me happy. Check it out!

Ever since I was a kid, I was obsessed with school supplies. I was always excited to go to China Town LA with my mom so I could pick out my new pencils (Hello Kitty, naturally) for the school year. So spending hours studying in medical school allowed me to go school supply crazy again! Having an aesthetically pleasing study area helps calm my stress. Sometimes you just need the little things in life.

The other day I was trying to explain medical school to my younger brother who just got accepted, and it was kind of funny reflecting on everything that’s happened so far. The number one advice I gave him was to put happiness above everything when you’re in medical school. If you hit a wall studying, take a break. If your significant other, family member, or friend is upset, take the time to talk to them. And, of course, visit family often! Sometimes when I’m upset, I just need to take a step back, look at the bigger picture, and ask myself, “Am I happy today?” If the answer is no, I allow myself to do something to fix that.

My DIY coffee/tea station is my favorite thing to wake up to and the best thing to come home to after a long day. You could say my love of coffee is what inspired my blog’s name! This year has afforded me many nights on the couch with Netflix, a cup of passionfruit tea, and the realization that I (finally!) get some kind of life back this year.

During the first two years of medical school, you have to pick what to prioritize and what gets left on the back burner. For me, unfortunately, my art was definitely left on the back burner — which is a bummer because I would have pursued photography had I not gone to medical school! I’ve been told by many attendings that sometimes the only thing that keeps you sane through this journey is keeping up with hobbies. I’m crossing my fingers I can keep up with crafting through residency!

Thanks for joining me on this behind the scenes look into my life! Thank you again to FIGS for featuring me on here with my favorite comfy pair of scrubs. I think every single medical provider needs to own a pair of FIGS for work… and maybe even as PJs. (Am I the only one that wears clean ones to bed?) If you’d like to continue seeing my journey, follow me at @coffeeandscrubs on Instagram. Hope you guys have a great day!