I was stunned. This was not the response I was expecting from my therapist. I had just told him about my startup’s rejection from YCombinator, and that the program had recommended my co-founder and I leave our graduate programs to focus fully on a new health startup company called shimmer.
After all, my therapist knew that my whole life I had been racing to become a doctor. My dad and grandfather are both physicians. As the only son in the family, I was fulfilling the legacy that had been set out for me long before I was born…
Today, 80% of young adults with mental health issues do not have access to care. Furthermore, COVID has caused the highest increases in mental health issues for young adults (over 3x amounts in depression and anxiety). Frustrated by our personal experiences with the mental health system, Vikram, Chris, and I left our jobs and graduate programs and set out to find a solution built for the unique needs of young adults (I wrote about my story with shimmer and leaving medical school in a previous post for those curious).
Over the past six months, our team went through the Lean…
If you’re looking for a supportive community of young adults dedicated to improving their well-being, shimmer’s the move! Our goal is to create a space for vulnerable conversations and lasting relationships, and we believe that often starts with empowering people and their stories. We are looking for writers who embrace their unique mental health experiences and are comfortable sharing them with others. We welcome pieces around awareness, advocacy, advice, and personal stories.
Joining shimmer starts with understanding our core values, which serve as our unwavering guide for our content and community.
“What do you want to do with your life?”
“Are you sure you want to be a __?”
As I neared the end of my 4 years in college at Stanford, questions like these became inescapable. Especially if you’re considering a career in medicine, this decision might dictate the next 4–8 years of your life. For those like me who can be indecisive about their career, I hope my personal advice and journey through this process may be helpful to you, regardless of what careers you are choosing between.