by Maria Malick, M1, Class of 2023
“During my gap year before medical school, one of my goals was to discover a new hobby. I was looking for one which I could utilize to make small, unique gifts for my friends and family. I explored quite a few, but embroidery turned out to be the perfect hobby for me. It is neat and clean, requires only a few supplies and makes a fun gift as well.
The pattern I most enjoy designing are floral patterns in these adorable three-inch frames I found online. I made the First Bouquet in early spring of this year, and it hangs on the wall in my room. This was the project that inspired me to make more floral designs. I gifted The First Flower Basket to my wonderful aunt who lives in Pakistan. Happy Birthday, Tehrim is a piece I made for my best friend; who also happens to be my sister-in-law. I gave Pink and Maroon to a kind and fun friend from work. Honey for Pooh Bear is the first cartoon pattern I attempted, and I am pretty happy with the result. This one hangs on the wall in my room as well.
Looking back, I am happy with my decision to take a gap year for several reasons. One big reason is because it allowed me time to discover this new hobby. I look forward to designing more pieces throughout medical school and using my new creative outlet to take a break from studying – for just a little while, of course. “
–Maria A. MallickClass of 2023