July 13, 2015

Jeremy: Moving to Ann Arbor

Medical student on rowing team

A California native, Jeremy (M2) had never set eyes on Ann Arbor before his admission to the University of Michigan Medical School. Last month, Jeremy and a few classmates decided to take up rowing on the Huron River, which was recently designated as the 18th trail in the National Water Trail System by the National Park Services and runs right through the city close to the med school. Before he left for Beijing to join a summer program with Global REACH, Jeremy took a few moments to talk about his life outside (literally!) of med school.

“My desire to row preceded the opportunity by several years, so when Vicky Koski-Karrel, an avid rower in our class, sent out the invitation to join Learn to Row — a collaboration led by my classmate with a faculty member and the Ann Arbor Rowing Club (AARC) — I was probably one of the first to sign up. In total, there were eight of us, plus two alternates. The classes started during our Clinical Foundations of Medicine unit, which worked well as our schedules were relatively light. We met for a total of 12 practices that took place in the evenings on weekdays or mornings on weekends.

Ann Arbor has wonderful trails for hiking, biking, and jogging. You can cross-country ski in the winter and row in the summer. There is beautiful backpacking and camping opportunities in the western and northern parts of the state. In addition, one can find interest groups, either through the school or the town, for white water kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking or any other adventure sport.

Despite being a small city, Ann Arbor neatly encapsulates the cosmopolitan opportunities of a major city and this made the transition from Los Angeles quite smooth. I am continually impressed by the orchestras, singers, speakers, chefs and entrepreneurs that make their rounds through Ann Arbor.

Jeremy, U-M medical student

Before living in Los Angeles, I lived in China for three-and-a-half years. I taught English, studied Chinese, volunteered and became an editor and reporter for a Beijing-based medical news magazine. Coming into Michigan, I was on the lookout for opportunities to return to China. Global REACH had an already established program. In addition to taking part in a survey-based research experience, I’m looking forward to meeting with leading Chinese clinicians to learn about their careers and research.

I am proud and grateful to be here at the University of Michigan. The thing about Med School and Ann Arbor is that there is a tragedy of opportunity: you name it, Michigan has it. The hardest part is learning how to prioritize. There is something to be said for work-life balance. Being a med student is an admission ticket to the greatest minds at the school and beyond, use it liberally.”