More cash in hand might sound good in the short term, but consider the sacrifice you'll be making over the long-term. Remember, residency and fellowships are only a brief part of your medical career. If you decide now to play the long game when it comes to paying back student loans, you'd be wise to start making those payments now.
A sure way to know your vocation is to ask: "What problem do I want to help solve in the world?" What matters to you deep down in your bones? What crisis have you seen that, no matter how hard you try, you cannot un-see? What makes you lose sleep at night knowing it persists in the world?
With a little practice, you can rewire your brain and train yourself to be content with what you have, and stop incessantly trying to fill a bottomless bucket with stuff.
Many of us have a list of places we would love to visit. We are blessed to live in a world with beauty worth seeing and intriguing history to learn, but all too often clients worry the expense of these trips will break the budget. Find out how to travel the world without spending money.
At the end of our life, professional accomplishments are a footnote to those who know and love us. Perhaps we should pay attention to that fact, and not wait until later stages of life to prioritize what really matters.