Greetings, and welcome to my newest endeavor: Tiny Living! Now, I know what you might be thinking. “Alex, you are a medical student. You don’t have time for this!” My answer to you is, “I’M GOING TO DIE IF I DON’T GET A HOBBY!” Jokes aside, medical school is one of the hardest things I have ever done, and daily life basically consists of studying and sleeping. It’s incredibly hard to keep up with life outside of the academic sphere. However, the flip side is if one ultimately gives up on their life to attack the monster that is medical education, you quickly burn out and start failing. Its unfortunate, but it happens.
Therefore I have decided to invest in a long-term project to give me some relief and productivity at the same time! I first came across the idea of tiny houses when I was binge-watching TV before my first year of school started (Oh, those were the days…), and I quickly became enamored with the movement. As you know, I am an avid traveler, and I have not lived in the same place for more than two years since I was 17. I was naturally attracted to the idea of a mobile home that I could take around the country with me, and store whenever I was on long-term adventures abroad. It is also VERY appealing to avoid house/roommate searching every time I move. However, at that time it was just an attractive idea that I intended to let simmer on the back burner for a couple of years. That changed when I understood my school’s curriculum and how hectic my life will become in a couple of years.
Medical school is a four-year sentence before I earn those shiny two letters after my name and I am unleashed upon society (supervised). However, all four years aren’t going to be spent in an isolated room with my nose stuck inside some very large books. Only my first two years will be here on campus at RVUCOM in St. George, UT. The last two years will be spent on rotations, which means shadowing different medical specialties. The way it works is you spend 3-6 weeks at a hospital/clinic/etc. shadowing a specific specialty (surgery, emergency, OB/GYN, pediatrics, primary care, oncology, etc.). However, these rotations are not completed at the same institution, but at multiple locations around the state and even the country. Two years of constantly moving around, acquiring new short-term housing, packing, unpacking, and all the chaos in-between. It honestly sounds like a nightmare, and from what I have heard from upperclassmen, it is!
Thus, I started researching solutions and asking others what their plans are. Several of my classmates intend to buy RVs or live out of converted vans. But then I remembered binge watching Tiny House Big Living, and felt the universe come together. I quickly started researching the process of how to buy/build a tiny house, watched every youtube video on the subject, and found out exactly how feasible this idea was. I almost immediately nixed the idea of buying a tiny house outright because 1) they are exorbitantly expensive and 2) I have the skills to build that! I grew up on a farm so that woodworking wouldn’t be a problem, and I get to learn life skills such as plumbing and electric along the way.
So the stage is set for my new hobby. There is a ton of research, budgeting, material gathering and general tomfoolery to be had in this project, with a completion date estimated for December 2018 (I still have to study you know)! I will be recording everything in the form of blog posts and youtube videos, so I hope you will all join me on this journey! Any tips, tricks, or encouragement is more than welcome!
– Boy With Wonderlust