Shonte` Heim Joseph: I am currently an L2 (second year) medical student at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA. I’m also a dual degree student. When I first applied to med school I was totally an overachiever (laughing). In addition to getting my MD I’m also getting a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in behavioral community health sciences. I’ll obtain both degrees in 2020, when I walk across the stage on that glorious day! My interest right now, as far as medicine’s concerned is practicing in a field that will help my people. In the sense of the morbidities that affect us more, diseases like diabetes and hypertension. I am interested in practicing as an endocrinologist or nephrologist. I want to practice in a field that will allow me to give back to my community.
Outside of med school if I had a really long day at school, I like to go to Marshall’s or T. J. Maxx and go through the aisles and buy things for the home like candles. I love interior design, if I was not in med school, I would be pursing interior design. I consider myself a mini Joanna Gaines. I feel like I would be flipping houses if I was not in med school. The other thing I like to do is peruse the aisles at grocery stores, to figure out what I’m going to eat. Other things I like to do are Pinterest and couponing. I love going to the grocery store and watching the price go down, with my coupons. Of course I also like to hang out with family and friends, that’s cool. The interesting part is finding a balance between doing what you need to do to be successful in your degree program and doing what you need to do to have a healthy mental outlook . It took me a while to figure it out. When I began med school I was not ready for the amount of information you have to learn and retain. I think I’ve found a balance. I’ve gotten to a point where I am pretty balanced and pretty happy, even though med school is kinda crazy. I think life is about finding your happy place in the midst of all the craziness!