Frequently Asked Questions
Mez or Mel?
Both are nicknames! ‘Mel’ is a shortened version of my first name. ‘Mez’ is a shortened version of my last name.
What school did you go to? What did you major in?
I graduated from Harvard University in 2017. I studied Human Evolutionary Biology and Global Health & Health Policy. I'm also pre-med.
Why medicine? And why are you blogging about wellness?
I've wanted to wear a white coat ever since I was a little girl. It doesn't run in my family "formally" but informally my grandma is a doctor (through prayer and traditional medicine). When I finally wear my white coat it will be for her.
The reason I blog about wellness is because it's important to me. It's not that medicine isn't; I just think personal wellness should come first. I know too many individuals who've sacrificed their health, happiness, and sense of self for the pursuit of some long-term goal. I also know too many individuals who've given up on healthy, happy living because it can seem like a lifestyle that they don't have the time or money for. But I do believe you can grind and take care of yourself. And while I know it's 10000x harder for some then it is for others (I was raised in a low-income household myself), I think we owe it to ourselves to try.
Where are you from?
Spanish Harlem/the Bronx, NYC (it's complicated). Other female hustlers from the Bronx? J-Lo & Cardi B. Come correct.
What is your ethnicity?
What does "on the move" mean?
I started my Instagram account (@mezonthemove) to document my fitness and travel while I was studying abroad. I felt so clever for thinking of it: "on the move", working out, traveling, ha. Now that I'm not traveling the account has taken a turn towards wellness and hustle but the name still fits! I like to think that I'm always "on the move"- whether I'm sweating at the gym, working toward a goal, enjoying a night out, or reading a book in bed (#mentallyonthemove). I want to keep moving, keep reaching, and be better.
How old are you?
22 going on 15 or 55, depending on the day.
How tall are you?
Somewhere between 5'11" and 6’0”, but well over 6'3" in heels.
What was your MCAT score?
I get this question a lot and I'm choosing not to share my score here on Mez On The Move. Why? The constant comparison that pre-meds experience is already toxic enough! I know some of you have asked so that you can measure how useful my study methods are but I promise I would not share them if I didn't think they were useful! For now, you can check out all of my MCAT posts here.