Helping by Proximity
I was planning to write a nice long “How to Prepare for a Multiple Mini Interview” article to help medical school applicants. Instead, I have used that time to help prepare my friends for their medical school interviews.
I find that I don’t have the time or energy to do both. After helping out my friends for several hours, I often feel drained. I want to keep anything interview related out of my mind.
Theoretically, an article is more replicable, long term and can reach a larger audience reader. However, I can’t help but feel inclined to help my friends who I know personally. I also feel like I can make a more positive and definite impact with the help I give them. I also find it more rewarding as I can actually see their improvement.
So it comes down to should I help out friends I know in real life, where I have a bigger impact and find more rewarding although it being tiring, OR should I posts article that have a further reach, will take less time and energy to propagate after writing it, but often at times feels quite empty?