Rotation one is nearly over and I find myself feeling a little sad and excited at the same time. For one, I will be shifting gears and working in Veterans Affairs for the next three months; I’ll also be in beautiful Vermont (as well as a short drive from my beloved Boston), and I’ll be getting a car. After almost eight years of dependence on public transportation, I must say I am happy to finally sever ties and gain a little more independence. The timing couldn’t be any better – Vermont is the perfect state to drive through with its colorful fall season, winding roads, mountainous terrain, and scenic drives.

I’m also glad to be saving a little money this fall, since housing and meals are covered by the VA on this rotation. No grocery shopping for three months? Where do I sign? If there’s one thing I don’t hesitate to let my friends know, it is that I DESPISE grocery shopping. I wish whatever I felt like eating would appear in front of me. I’m just waiting for the technology to get here. In short, free meals are a welcome thing for the time being.

Now, I know what you must be thinking… what will I do with all this extra cash? Unfortunately at a whopping $625 each, my board exams will be eating up most of those funds so it’s lucky for me I also don’t have to worry about rent and groceries. Part I is behind me, but Parts I and II are coming up fast. The rest of my money will go towards snacks. Lots of snacks.

In closing, one aspect of my next rotation that I am especially looking forward to is the privilege to serve our country’s veterans and active duty personnel. These individuals put it all on the line so that we can live our lives the way we do, and it will be an honor to serve them in return – it is bound to be rewarding!

Baltimore, it’s been real… Vermont, here I come.
Currently listening to “Money” by Pink Floyd

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