Q (from ask.fm): What inspired you to start your blog? Also how did you start it?
A: I’ve never considered myself a person who liked to write. I took AP literature and composition in high school but I’m still not sure why I decided to do so. Writing lab reports and papers for class was a long process and was not one of my favorites. Otherwise, I didn’t take a writing course until senior year of college.
Two summers ago, I was working on my medical school application and writing like crazy to make my personal statements the best they could be. As this process wore on, I could really see my story come alive in my writing, and it was a great feeling to express myself in that way. When it was done, I wanted to keep writing.
During that summer, I also made the twitter account that you now know as @MDPhDToBe (though at the time it was anonymous and went by @PreMDPhDLife). As I followed many medical students and pre-meds, I noticed some of the medical students had blogs and I thought that would be a great idea to share my experience, help others who aspire to go to medical school and give myself more opportunity to write!
To make my blog, I simply did a Google search for blog hosts. I looked into a few and ultimately decided that WordPress was my favorite. The rest was simple – I used the website’s templates and customization features to make the design look how I wanted, I began writing, and I promoted my work to my twitter community. My first blog went by premdphdlife.wordpress.com, but after being accepted to my MD/PhD program, I created mdphdtobe.com to better fit my perspective. This blog was created in March 2013.