Humans of UCSF

“Remember,

We are but a heap of stardust

Blessed with the mind

For a brief moment of time.

Burn bright.”

Igor Mitrovic, M.D.

“Following Jesus Christ has been the central theme in my life since college, and doing so has helped me to understand myself and the world, with all its beauty and also brokenness.

“I believe that getting outdoors isn't so much a way to get into nature, as it is a way to remember that I am eternally a part of nature.

“Yoga is a meditation that has taught me that being tender, open, and present is beautiful. My yoga practice takes me beyond the physical, to a place where I can find awareness in the mind. 

“One of the first things I quickly learned at UCSF was that I am surrounded by brilliant people who carry massive achievements under their belts.

“Even though UCSF was my first choice for medical school, the decision to come here was a difficult one. I was raised in an Iranian-American, Jewish community and grew up attending all-girl Orthodox schools.

“Becoming more aware and appreciative of the beauty in nature has been one of my favorite things about moving to California. On every trip I tell myself I'm going to get outside more.

“I have recently found myself at a curious intersection between privilege and disadvantage.

"The foggy summer in the Sunset was a difficult transition for me at first. I felt completely overwhelmed adjusting to the city and academics. It wasn't long before the fog cleared, and I met and fell in love with my boyfriend Prince.

“In addition to the challenge of learning how to teach, I went through an identity crisis. I had to go from being a carefree college student to a responsible role model, and I was woefully unprepared.