Here is all the advice I can give in 300 words:
For those entering their second year of medical school, I want to tell you that you are all intelligent medical students. You conquered the first year so you have the tools to tackle second year. Find a way to integrate Step studying into your lecture material studying. Sometimes it may feel impossible but your future self will thank you. The more times you see the material, the better chance it has at sticking in your mind. Even if it is just a hour of flashcards or First Aid a night, that is more than enough.
For those entering medical school, congratulations and welcome. Your dream is finally being realized. Now the real work starts, medical school is going to be tough and challenge you. Come up with new goals to keep yourself going and motivated. Also, find time to enjoy your new friends and new school because the subsequent medical school years will not allot you as much free time. There is free time first year, you just have to make it.
Pre-medical students, if you believe it is your destiny to be a doctor, it will happen. Even if you fail along the way, continuing to strive is the mark of a great doctor. When there is a will, there is a way. Keep your will strong. Remember, the doctor’s job is to heal the patient, this can be done in many forms and in many places. Don’t get stuck on the details of where you go or how you get there, all paths end with M.D. or D.O.
High schoolers, got to sleep because you need to continue to dream big. Let nothing stand in your way of your future. Anything is possible when you dream. Look up.