Y’all. Pre-med stress is so real. All too often we freak out over something pre-med related {whether that’s a test, a class, or a club commitment} that sends us into a downward spiral of doubt and stress. If I had a nickel for every time that I cried and called my mom to tell her that I’m clearly not smart enough to go to medical school and I’m going to fail my classes and then I’m just flat out going to fail life {I’m not dramatic at all…}, I wouldn’t have to take out any loans for medical school. Having now been accepted to two medical schools and still interviewing at others, I can tell you that there is little to no validity in our little freak out moments. When you have those “am-I-good-enough?” moments, you have to push through and remind yourself that you are. You are good enough. You are smart enough. You are talented enough.

Below are a few ways to combat those pre-med doubts:

– Have someone you can talk to and confide in –

Having someone to talk to is paramount if you’re pre-med. This is not an easy path and you need to know that you have people in your corner who support you and love you. For me, it was my mom and a few best friends who I could count on to sit with me while I ugly-cried and complained about the fact that my roommate showered too loudly {I don’t know if y’all ever got to the point where you complained about the smallest, most idiotic things…I clearly did.}. Having other pre-med friends in your grade is also a huge lifesaver. They are going to be in a lot of your classes and they are the ones who you’re going to run into at the library ALL. THE. TIME. Seriously, get to know them and you’ll have study buddies who can understand your pain! Side note: If you don’t have someone in your life to talk you through those stressful moments, please know that you have me. I believe in you!

– Do one relaxing activity per week –

One relaxing activity per week is absolutely doable. Don’t you dare say you “don’t have time.” It is 100% worth it to make time for yourself. I made it my mission to go hiking once a week and that definitely cleared my head and refocused me. During my hiking time, I was completely in the moment. I didn’t try to listen to ExamKrackers audiobooks or bring flashcards with me. This was my strict NO PRE-MED STUFF time. Taking this time for myself and being present was a game changer for me and I know it will be for you too!

– Write yourself little sticky notes – 

My pre-med advisor always had little sticky notes in her office that said “45 MCAT” and “straight A student” on them and I would go in and grab them by the handful. I stuck them on my bathroom mirror, my fridge, my notebooks, my planner…it’s a miracle that it didn’t turn into my wallpaper in my room. In addition to the stickies, I kept notes that my friends had written me that boosted me up and I wrote some of my favorite quotes in my planner. There is something to be said for seeing motivational notes throughout your day. For me, it was a reminder that I could do this. It’s just a simple way to stay motivated and positive even when times get tough.

– Keep a monthly list of things you have accomplished –

As pre-meds, we are always thinking about what we have to do next to get ahead. It’s far too easy to think about everything that we still have to do and feel overwhelmed by our to-do lists. To balance the stress that comes with looking at incomplete tasks, I also like to make a monthly list of all that I have accomplished {both big and small items get put on the list}. When I got an A on an exam, that went on the list! If I had a terrible month and just wearing matching socks was a monumental feat, that went on the list! I found that reflecting on all that you accomplish each month gives you that little boost that you need to tackle the 50 billion things that you still have on your to-do list.

I hope this posts helps you to cope with the stress and doubt that accompany being pre-med. Remember, you can do this. You are good enough. You are smart enough. You are talented enough.



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