Author: Ashley Rankin

Featured, Wellness

Consumed by stuff

Ask me not what I have, but what I am. — (Heinrich Heine) Our world revolves around consumption. The average person, according to the marketing firm Yankelovich, sees as many as 5,000 ads a day. They’re messages about the things we should like, about the products that will make us […]


How to deal with difficult people

If you allow people to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life, you will be out of balance and in the negative. Know when to close the account. (Christie Williams) If relationships are like bank accounts, I shared a workspace with someone who was far more proficient at making withdrawals than deposits. She […]

Career, Featured, Life

I’m no failure

The sound of the question resonated back with a quiet indifference at my seemingly deep reflection. This question was important. And how I answered it was equally important. My response, for better or worse, would determine whether or not I would become a part of the medical school class of […]