After the completion of this (thankfully!) successful semester of medical school, I’m amazed by how far I’ve come since this point last year. 2015 did not go the way that I planned in both good and bad ways, but this year has taught me a lot about myself as a student and person, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
As I began this fall semester, I promised myself that I would give myself the chance to be a successful student by limiting my extracurricular activities and focusing on my schoolwork. It would have been easy to fall back in familiar habits and routines, most notably not being able to say no for the fear of disappointing other people, but with the support from my family, best friends, advising dean, and other mentors, I stayed tough and strong. I learned more than I ever could have imagined in the classroom, but I also feel like I’m gaining a better understanding of a work/life balance, which will continue to be a challenge throughout my career.
Looking towards 2016, I’m anxious about finishing my second semester of my second year of medical school and Step 1 of the USMLE over the summer. But I am so excited and eager to get to our clinical years, I know that it will all fly by. We’ll be there in no time!