Photo courtesy of author. Evenings at the Armstrong Medical Education building are usually quiet, with students at home or scattered between classrooms for late-night studying. On a recent Wednesday, however, several students stepped out of their study rooms to an unusual sound: the soaring lines of Ariana Grande’s hit song, “Greedy”, performed by the School […]
Medical student Sumil Nair shares how music was foundational to his spirit of healing through memories with people, and how it helps facilitate his transition into a career where deep connections are formed every day.
Background music is everywhere. It plays quietly in malls and grocery stores, and loudly at sports events. It is almost ever-present in the TV shows we watch. In addition to all of this, many graduate students listen to music all day in lab. Because we work so much, this means we could have music streaming […]
When I was 4 years old, my first piano teacher came to my house. Our piano was small and wooden and stood flush against the wall. I started with scales and finger drills, and eventually, as the years passed, found my way to Billy Joel, the Beatles and Elton John sheet music. I was hardly […]
Last December, a group of 15 medical students gathered in the lobby of the Sheikh Zayed Tower in The Johns Hopkins Hospital. That evening, the glass-enclosed space was filled with hospital staff members exhausted after a long day of work and worried family members of patients in the emergency room. The students formed a small semicircle and, […]
Establishing a healthy work-life balance is hard, and ironically, finding ways to squeeze in de-stressing hobbies can be extremely stressful. Over the years, John Froehlig, a graduate student in the Program in Molecular Biophysics, has perfected the art of making progress on his thesis without sacrificing his other passion: music. Froehlig joined Johns Hopkins in […]
For me, it was Bob Dylan. I was a high school junior, and my sights were set, quite limitedly, on romance, sports and the fretboard of my brother’s hand-me-down guitar. But when I heard “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” among other early Dylan songs, I gained a binocular vision. My adolescent struggle to manifest […]