she's got (stethoscope) style
She’s Got Style is a celebration of women - who they are, what they do, how they are making waves & this world a better place - everywhere. Friends, colleagues, total strangers. A Q&A forum provides a glimpse into women’s magic, in their own words.
She’s Got (Stethoscope) Style showcases one of my everyday heroes, who also happens to be one of the hardest working, kindhearted people I know - Cassandra. Her fashion taste lends itself towards a light-hued coziness, complete with lots of layering and soft texture. However, I would argue Cassandra’s style comes not from her exquisite hair clip collection, but her bad ass daily act of dream-chasing in the face of physical adversity and pain. she inspires me everyday to choose courage over fear, and i can promise she will do the same for you, too.
Have you always had aspirations of becoming a doctor? Was there a moment in which you knew this was your calling, or did the desire develop over time?
I started thinking about “what I wanted to be when I grew up” in middle and high school and with some reflection realized I really wanted to be a doctor. I like being a caregiver and want to be able to do that for kids in the healthcare setting. This was something that developed over time for me :).
You rarely, if ever, complain about your incredible workload and the pressures of being a medical student. How do you cope?
I think one of the reasons I don’t complain about it is because I try to remind myself every day what a privilege it is for me to even have this opportunity. I have wanted to pursue this for a long time, and how lucky am I to be able to? Yes it is hard and scary at times and I am pulled out of my comfort zone often, but it’s also exciting and really rewarding. I see myself getting there and feel really blessed.
Do you feel your experience as a woman has shaped your educational and/or career experience in a male-dominated field / area of study?
I think my experience as a woman has allowed me to see and understand how important it is to treat all people with respect and dignity. Thankfully I go to school with amazing people, both men and women, but realize from what I’ve seen in the world around me that this isn’t always the case. Things that aren’t fair in the bigger world usually help give me perspective and remind me to be extra empathetic with people I encounter.
What advice do you have for women looking to enter into medicine?
Go for it! Yes you can do it.
What has been your most meaningful experience on this journey?
I think a lot of little things have added up to this being one bigger meaningful experience. This year, getting to see patients who tell you they see what you’re doing and appreciate it. Also, overcoming hard things that seemed daunting at first with the help of friends & family. Getting to be there for people and have them be there for me.
What challenges have you faced, and how were/are you able to overcome them?
Just like that saying “everybody has something” ... it’s pretty true! My biggest challenge is probably the venous malformation in my right leg. Growing up though, I have come to realize that it’s probably the #1 thing that has helped me be really understanding of and empathetic with others. My experience with it reminds me to be thankful for everything I have.
What inspires you in life?
Seeing how hard the people around me are working to better the health of others. Also the love people in my life have for one another! That inspires me.
Gives you the most joy?
Spending time with friends & family, caring for others. Also being near the ocean and listening to the sound of the waves. That’s a big one for me :).
Top three self care tips for staying sane?
Try to do something for you every day, even if it’s small, like lighting a candle to make your apartment smell nice when you get home.
Talk nice to yourself & give yourself grace
Drink plenty of water :)
What does it mean to you to have style?
I think to me style means expressing yourself, that is, your personality and values, in how you dress and present yourself. From hair to accessories, makeup and a nice outfit that makes you feel good – all of this plays into style. It’s an amazing and creative way to practice self-care and inspire others.
May 27th, 2017
“t h e c a p e 💛”