Hi Everyone! My name is Diana and I’m originally from New York (I was actually born right here at Weiler way back when in ’92!). A few things to know about me…I completed my undergrad business degree at NYU-Stern, and then pivoted to Pre-Med, completing Penn’s Postbacc Program. I love fitness and am a huge Bar Method fan (so thrilled that that studio is continuing classes over Zoom during COVID; if anyone wants to try, just let me know and I can get you in for free :)!). I’ve been freelance writing for bloggers and influencers for almost a decade now, as well as assisting them with social media and marketing. I’m passionate about nutrition and preventive health. Leadership development and entrepreneurship have piqued my interest since my undergrad management courses at Stern – I’m a big fan of books on the topic, too. And, I’m a forever lover of New York sports- Let’s Go Rangers & Mets! If you ever need anything throughout the year or have any questions at any time, please feel free to always reach out. Congratulations on getting to this point- I’m so excited for what’s to come for each of you!
- Be gentle with yourself! First year is a learning curve, and each class may feel like a totally new experience. That’s all okay! It’s super cool that we’re pass/fail – we’re really given the opportunity to keep figuring out what works for us academically throughout the year. Take advantage of this aspect of Einstein! Collaborate with your classmates and friends, work together, share notes and information, and remember that everyone has strengths and weaknesses- we can all boost each other up in the areas we’re not the best in.
- Find time to move your body each day! Whether spending some time at the gym on campus, taking a walk around the neighborhood, doing a 20 minute yoga video in your room- make time for movement. It’s a great break from studying and the daily grind, and also helps you refocus when you want to get back to it!
- Belfer classrooms are awesome study spots!
- Don’t neglect the activities/hobbies that you love. Make time for the podcasts, reading, drawing, knitting, music, Netflix- you name it! You deserve these outlets and the time for growth they provide you in non-academic ways.
- Get involved! Extra-curricular activities are a fantastic way to explore your interests, meet amazing upper-class students, and take initiative to both give back and lead. There are countless clubs, organizations, and groups on campus to get involved with. Plus, it’s fun!
- Remember how far you have come to get to this point! It’s already pretty incredible that you’re starting medical school – celebrate all the wins. You deserve to, and, truly, I commend and congratulate you for starting this next part of your medical journey! You got this!!