We had the good fortune of connecting with Nayiri Khatchadouriaan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nayiri, often we find ourselves balancing long term goals and short terms goals. Can you talk to us about how you think about this?
As a second year Medical Student, learning how to allocate my resources is critical. First, time management is key to being successful and efficient. Long term, I always make sure to have a plan with goals and action steps: what do I want to achieve in one year, five years, ten years, and what do I need to do to achieve those goals. Remember, a goal without action is just a wish. For me, my action plans included everything I needed to achieve to get accepted into medical school because my dream was always to become a physician. Short term, I allocate my time through prioritizing what is urgent and what can be done later. Again, having a sort of planner and consistency allows me to accomplish everything I need to daily. I prefer to approach this with a block schedule instead of hourly schedule. For instance: 7-12 AM wake up, have breakfast, watch lectures, 12-3 PM have lunch, do flashcards and answer emails, etc. This block schedule allows me to include all of my to-dos while allowing flexibility if things change or something new comes up. Finally, unfortunately money management is not taught enough to students, so learning how to allocate your financial resources is imperative, especially for a medical student. I make sure that I have a budget for myself that I created through excel where I see how much money I have and what my expenses are. As a full time medical student, I don’t have an income, so managing my loans to the best of my ability is even more important. Budget, budget, budget… if you don’t know what you’re making and what you’re spending, you can’t save! I set short and long term goals for myself: they can be as small as save 20$ a month to larger amounts if you have an income. The key to everything is planning, being consistent and being honest with your goals and the steps you need to take to achieve them.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I began my instagram page, @cleanedmy_plate, when I was still in undergraduate school at UCLA to share healthy recipes. Since then, my passion for empowering people to be their own advocate and take care of their health and wellness has grown. I have moved on to write a book, The Price of Success: Understanding the Cost of Getting a College Degree, which is a preparation book for high school students to learn how to take care of their mental, emotional, and physical health in college. Furthermore, as a medical student and future physician, and as someone who has her Masters degree in Public Health, I value the importance of meeting people where they are, and right now, everyone is on social media. For this reason I value spreading positive information about health and wellness through my instagram page. I’m truly excited to complete my medical degree and although I am still not set on what specialty I would like to choose, I know for sure that no matter what I become I will continue to use my voice to empower others. If there’s one thing I’ve learned along the way it’s this: rise and raise.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely start each morning with a workout at some of my favorite gyms in the area: spin class at Beatbike, Yoga at CorePower Yoga, Boxing at Box ‘N Burn, circuit training at Training Mate, and a workout at Barry’s Bootcamp. After we sweat it out I’d take them to some of my favorite brunch spots: Butcher, Baker and Cappuccino Maker, Butcher’s Daughter, Republique, or Gracias Madre. Then we’d shower, dress up and go to the beach at Venice or Santa Monica, walk around or get bikes or scooters and pick up a nice coffee from Verve or Alfred’s or Coffee Commissary. I’d end the night at home with some popcorn and my favorite shows on Netflix/Hulu.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout 100% goes to my parents; they have worked day in and out to provide for me and my sister. My parents are my biggest supporters: they have encouraged me when I wanted to get my Masters degree, when I wanted to become a physician, when I moved away for Medical School… they have shown me that with hard work and dedication I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Along with them, of course, is my sister and fiancé : they have both been there for every up and down and have reminded me of how capable I am every time I begin to doubt myself. Finally, Yvonne Brooks, my long time mentor and co-author. I met Mrs. Brooks when I was fourteen years old and she empowered me to become a leader, to speak out and advocate for myself and others and to use my voice to help others find theirs. My success is not just mine, but has become possible because of the love and mentorship of them and everyone else in my life.

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