Everyone needs human connection. Indeed, a desire to serve and connect with patients was the major driving force behind my own decision to pursue a career in medicine, and I wrote about this commitment to compassion in my personal statement. There have been many times throughout medical school that I have revisited that document to reconnect with my purpose for being here. After long, arduous evenings in the library or lonely weekends with my only company being a stack of textbooks, it was important for me to remind myself that relationships and genuine human connection were the key reasons why I wanted to be a doctor. Without that context, my studying became an exhausting and blind pursuit of knowledge.