It is difficult to grasp that in just over two weeks I will be starting my second year of medical school. There are still times where I still cannot believe that I made it to medical school and managed to complete first year. As I sit on my deck, enjoying the last few weeks of what will probably be my last summer, I figured now would be as good a time as any to reflect on the past year
I remember getting my white coat fitted during my interview, not knowing if I would ever actually wear it. Then came white coat ceremony and just like that it was official. I was the proud owner of that white coat and my journey to a career in medicine began. I knew what I was getting myself into, I have an older brother who is now a physician and he forewarned me of the long nights, constant studying and slowly decreasing social life. For the most part that is how it started with anatomy. Anatomy was much like learning a new language, but this language was both written and pronounced in English. I knew how to pronounce all the words I read, however was familiar with none of them. I had my fair share of long nights listening to video recordings and then spending quality time in lab. In the end I overcame the anatomy hurdle and each class after was just another hurdle that needed to be jumped. What “worked” in one class may not have worked for another. I found myself having more free time throughout the year. I am confident that my study skills improved with each class, but I also realized the importance of keeping myself “Healthy”. Making sure to eat right, hit the gym, and enjoy myself every now and again.
Also I need to mention that none of medical school could have been done without the friends I have made while in school. I think it is interesting how complete strangers can become the best of friends in such a short period of time. My friends kept me going when things got difficult and we always supported one another. We studied hard and partied harder. While I have my close knit group of friends like everyone else, I enjoy the remainder of my classmates and hope to continue to build friendships.
Well time to wrap up this post. First year has now come to an end. I still can’t believe the amount of information that I have learned throughout this first year. Given that I have forgotten many things, it is still crazy to think how far I have come and how much I have grown. If I can offer any advice to future first year students it is that
1) Medical school is Doable---> Everyone before you has made it out alive. Take it a day at a time...it goes by super fast!
2) Keep your sanity---> Find ways to relax or else the stress will eat you!!
3) Go outside of your comfort zone--> Make new friends, meet new people
4) Put in the effort and treat it like a full-time job--> A job that pays you nothing and charges you interest instead
5) Remain Humble---> Don’t forget everything you have accomplished to get here and everything that you will accomplish in the months/years to come.
All in all I conquered first year, went on an epic spring break trip to NOLA, saw Drake in concert….TWICE and experienced Peru over the summer. Despite the schoolwork I have had one unforgettable year. Second year is here….time to stock up on highlighters.