About Me

I am an engineer in medical school (aka a perpetual student), born and raised in the Midwest. I always wanted to be a doctor, but majored in engineering so I’d have a job if I couldn’t quite make the cut. Ironically I loved engineering, but the job security is much better as a doctor, so I kept up with my original plan. I’m new in medical school, but so far I enjoy it even more than I did engineering. The future brings residency and fellowship, but ultimately I hope to have my own medical practice in rural Missouri. I’ve vacationed all over the world and call me crazy, but nothing beats the Ozarks. There’s just something about them that calls to me. In the meantime (a long meantime), this blog will have some advice for college life (recipes, crafts, diy, etc.) and the occasional fish-story. I travel every now and then, so expect at least an annual tale of the craziness that always seems to find me.

The above is a view off of the northern rim of the Grand Canyon from my trip a few years back. The weather was fantastic that June, 60-some degrees and sunny the whole week. Mom and I rode horses through 5 or so national parks out west. By the time we got to the lodge, I was saddle-sore and kicked my feet up on the wall. That view and the crisp spring air will stick with me forever.

About the Blog

As for the name of the blog, of course it is reference to Robert Burns’ poem, To a Mouse. I think his last few stanzas are good to think about for college students, or anyone else in a waiting-cycle in their life. By waiting cycle, I mean that in college, you’re waiting to get a job, waiting to move on to that next step rather than “living your real grown-up life.” Burns writes:

…But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Still thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me
The present only toucheth thee
But, Och! I backward cast my e’e.
On prospects drear!
An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,
I guess an’ fear!

or in modern English:

…But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

Still you are blessed, compared with me!
The present only touches you
But oh! I backward cast my eye,
On prospects dreary!
And forward, though I cannot see,
I guess and fear!

Poetry is somewhat subjective, but what I glean from this is that the Mouse is better off than the man (narrator) because he only cares for the present and doesn’t fixate on future plans that may or may not ever come to fruition, whereas the man is preoccupied with worrying about his future.

I think the natural state of us students is to focus on the future, but for someone like me who will be student for at least a decade, the better idea is to enjoy the present. Of course, we must keep working toward our future goals, but this can’t stop us from enjoying life right now. In this blog I hope to provide some tips to make life on limited time and budget easier and to suggest some ideas for low-budget fun.