Remember my post from my first week? I can tell you that the last 10 months have had some serious ups and downs. The long days had a way of running together to create really short weeks. I’m not sure how it’s over. What I can say is that I am definitely not the same person I was before. I’ve learned how to function on less than 45 minutes of sleep, how to drink coffee in amounts that keep me up but won’t burn through my stomach lining, who my true friends are and aren’t, how to control my emotions, how to manage my stress, and so much more. I started the year studying one way and ended it completely opposite. I think the most difficult part of this year was dealing with the social woes that medical school brings. When they say that few understand what we medical students go through, it’s the truth. I cannot begin to tell you how insensitive people can be when it comes to the things we go through. Without a doubt I have to thank God for giving me the support system that I’ve acquired this year. Some old friends, some new and my family have been integral in getting me through this year. I want to apologize to all of them for my complaining! I promise it was as bad as I made it sound, at least at that moment. I also have to thank God for keeping me steadfast in my studies. I made it through this year very successfully, and now I plan to enjoy the summer. Working, my trip to the Navajo Reservation and NYC, and lots of sun are in my future! I can’t wait! If they say this will be my last summer, please believe I will be enjoying it!