Guess what? I am FINALLY starting to really enjoy medical school! I know that sounds crazy, because after all, shouldn’t I already be enjoying medical school? Sure, I was happy, excited and blessed that I got into medical school. However, strangely enough, I can’t say that I was super excited to get up and go to class (or listen online) everyday. The first semester of medical school was a major adjustment. I thought after undergrad and grad school, I knew exactly what I was getting into in terms of the amount of coursework and how to study. However, the truth was, I had no idea. In medical school, I had to learn how to adjust to mountains of information, studying, trying to balance a schedule, adjusting to a lack of hanging out, and having my “me” time. Although I thought it would be easy considering that I have been in school so long, it was more than I could have ever expected.
BUT, I was soo surprised when I came back from Christmas break and things felt much easier. I ACTUALLY started to adjust to studying a crazy amount of hours and getting through the semester at such a fast pace. There were even days that I didn’t study (and watched T.V, courtesy of my aunt & uncle who caused me to be addicted to T.V lol), and I still did OK! A lot of the second and third year medical students kept saying, “It will get better, it gets easier”, but I did NOT believe them. I thought I was being told what I wanted to hear. However, to my pleasant surprise, it is becoming better and better, and it wasn’t until studying today a lecture on teratogens, that I realized that I am FINALLY starting to enjoy medical school.
(Just FYI, a teratogen is a drug or other substance capable of interfering with the development of an embryo fetus that may lead to birth defects or developmental malformations)
I am actually looking forward to our upcoming classes in pathology and pharmacology and then, the last SUMMER BREAK of my life (considering medical students only have 1 free summer during their 4 year medical education). I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Exciting!