About Me

looking a bit shell shocked at the white coat ceremony

Hi, all! I’m Elaina! I am a first year medical student in the fair state of Kansas and a graduate of Wellesley College and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Benin, West Africa). I married my high school sweetheart in June and we have a cute little kitten named Callie who likes to snuggle on my lap while I study.

I think big and I work hard. I have a very short fuse but I forget my anger quickly. Being in Africa  helped me tone down the impatience and I’ve become quite a bit more flexible, but I still can get fixated on little things. Being a type A personality can definitely come in handy, though I am learning to appreciate that the less intense road is often nice, too.

On the other side, I am pretty laid back and down to earth. I love staying in and watching movies with my husband, Scott, and love sleeping and cuddling. I’m a jeans and tee-shirt kind of girl, I have easy super short hair, and I like to think I’m low maintenance in a cute nerdy sort of way.  I’m totally ADD, have a few blonde tendencies, lose my keys a lot, have absolutely no concept of time, and would forget to eat if I didn’t put it in my calendar.

I love food and cooking and baking. I’m a (mostly) vegetarian who periodically plays with the idea of going vegan. I also love running and am almost always training for something (although med school has definitely impacted that). I have a black belt in Hawaiian Kempo and have taught self defense in Kansas, Boston, and Africa. I worked throughout college, come from humble beginnings, and value hard work and determination. I played violin when I was young, have dabbled with the guitar, and love to sing. I periodically make extensive plans for the zombie apocalypse (TZA), know how to wield a mean bo-staff, and am definitely a nerd. I love Skyrim and Harry Potter and have been known to play a little Halo if persuaded with candy.

If I wasn’t going into medicine I’d be a children’s book author and write fantastical stories for middle schoolers and probably become a millionaire. I spend most of my (nonexistent) free time writing and still want to publish someday. I’m really just biding my time with medical school until I become the next J.K. Rowling.

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