21. Why did you want to be a doctor in Antarctica, why not just stay in Seattle?
The simple answer is that I was ready for an adventure!
T.J. (my husband) and I have talked about traveling to Antarctica together for many years. Antarctica is a logical place for T.J. who studies ice. I have been in school for so long, that I was ready for a break from normal life. And I caught the travel bug in residency. I knew T.J. would be in Antarctica at WAIS divide for this research season. I applied to be a doctor down here so we could experience Antarctica together and I could see where he will be spending research time in the future.
A lot of people apply to work in Antarctica because it is such a unique experience. I was lucky enough to be offered a job and accepted! I am learning a lot of new things in the McMurdo clinic, like care of frostbite and other cold injuries. I will be able to use what I learn here when I return to Washington or Minnesota. I am looking forward to seeing T.J. in one week! Unfortunately, the only way for me to get down to Antarctica was to leave T.J. in Seattle for a couple of months alone. It will be a fun reunion.