This is our first in a series of interviews with real MichiGirls. Each interview will include a few questions about Michigan as well as a few personal insights. Today we have the pleasure of reading about Katie, one of my best friends. Katie and I met at Mosher Jordan residence hall at the University of Michigan my sophomore and her freshman year. Katie just finished up medical school at Michigan State University and is currently working as a resident at Beaumont Hospital.
What makes you a MichiGirl?
I have been a MichiGirl my entire life. I grew up in East Lansing, which provide a great melting pot of Michigan midwestern charm and the cultural opportunities of a college town. With its central location, it afforded me summer days on the beaches of Lake Michigan as well as weekend ventures to downtown Detroit and a Tiger game or two (dozen!) and even trips up to northern Michigan for skiing and wine tasting.
What is your favorite Michigan weekend getaway? and why?
My favorite Michigan weekend get away is going up to my family’s cottage in Charlevoix, MI. The house is located on Lake Michigan, within walking distance to downtown Charlevoix. It is so relaxing and peaceful to be by beautiful Lake Michigan. From Charlevoix we frequently head to Petoskey or Traverse City for the afternoon to shop, wander and eat.
What is your favorite Michigan city? and why?
Ann Arbor has to be my favorite Michigan city! I lived there during college and graduate school, met some of my best friends there and also met my husband there as well. We love heading back to Ann Arbor for UM football games, lunch at Zingerman’s, and dinner at Palio.
What is your favorite Michigan sports team?
I am a sports fan and love going to UM football games every autumn. My husband I enjoy meeting up with friends, tailgating, singing the fight song and cheering on the Wolverines!
What made you want to pursue medicine?
I was always drawn to a career in medicine since childhood and was heavily influenced by my father who is also a physician. I always gravitated towards wanting to hear people’s stories and concerns and try to help them in some way. It may sound corny, but I enjoy listening to others and working towards helping them be healthy in their lives.
Describe a memorable experience from your internship in Malawi.
My 2 month experience in a Malawi hospital working in the pediatric wing was unforgettable! I loved every minute I was there despite the difficult moments. I was constantly in awe of the strength and beauty of the Malawian mothers who cared for their children in the hospital. They often walked many miles carrying their child to the hospital and then stayed by their side on wooden benches, cleaning, feeding and nursing their sick children back to health.