I remember how I spent my summer before I started medical school. I had heard mixed advice from other students and advisors – some said to study and review as much as I could before starting, and others told me to ditch the books completely and enjoy my free time before starting. Since I had graduated from college just 3 months prior to being accepted into medical school, I wanted to enjoy my summer off from both college and medical school. I made it a priority to hang out with friends and visit with family since I was going international for school for the next 2 years.
Looking back on my summer before starting school, I don’t regret not studying or mentally preparing myself for my first semester of medical school. You have your whole medical career to study and review – once you’re accepted into medical school, take the time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Travel and explore new places while you have the free time. Go on family trips, and make the journey to visit family who live far away. Whether you are staying locally for school or going international like I did, you will be thankful that you took time before the busy semesters of school start. Once school starts, you will not have much free time. I personally think that taking the summer before to relax and do my own thing really helped me in all aspects of my life to prepare for the stressors and work that medical school brings.