My first semester of medical school is behind me. I am officially 1/8 of a doctor! Would I do it all over again if I had to? Honestly, I don’t know. Am I going to keep going? Absolutely. This first semester was an emotional roller-coaster for me, which is why I was absent from posting. Overall, I did well in my classes but I didn’t absolutely crush it [I don’t know anybody that did]. I attempted [and failed many times] to maintain a school-life balance. I cried more times than I can count. I doubted my abilities, intelligence, decisions frequently. I made incredible friends and strengthened my existing relationships. I learned to let go of the things that I can’t control and rely on my support system. So I guess I agree with Kylie Jenner. 2016 was the year that I “realized stuff.”
Growing up, we used to go around the dinner table and play “High/Low” which meant that each family member had to say their high point of the day and acknowledge their low point of the day. I figured that would be a good way to recap my first semester, so here goes:
- I finally figured out how I study best during the last few weeks of the semester…better late than never I suppose
- I started going to counseling provided by my school to help resolve issues that I carry from my childhood [yay for personal growth and mental health]
- I was selected to be a voting member on the Admissions Committee for the College of Medicine at my school! This means I get to start interviewing students and participating in the faculty meetings to determine who gets accepted!
- I have met some of the most genuine friends through school
- Having the semester behind me has given me a confidence that I can carry on through this journey. I am here for a reason and I am capable of doing this.
- I figured out how I study best a bit late in the game
- I didn’t work out and meal prep as much as I would have liked
- It was harder to establish a routine than I thought it was going to be. This is my major goal for next semester!
- I used “being busy” as an excuse to slack off on my adult responsibilities like doing the dishes, or laundry, or grocery shopping. This feeds into my previous bullet point. If I can establish a routine, I can manage being an adult and my schoolwork
- I didn’t prioritize friendships outside of school initially. Really only during my last month did I start to spend time with my friends outside of school. I finally hit a breaking point where I needed a support system that wasn’t going through school with me. My non-school friends and family were the people who kept me sane when I was at my most stressed.
This semester really was an incredible learning experience. I want to leave you all with a piece of advice I once got: Someone once said to me, “keep the important things important.” It sounds so simple, but it is so relevant in this intense career. I constantly have to remind myself to keep the important things important, but every time I do, I am happier for it.
I hope everyone reading this is doing well. And as always, if you need anything, leave it in the comments or shoot me an email 🙂 love y’all!