The holidays are nearing, which means different things to different people. For many, it is a time to be with family and full of warm fuzzy feelings while others feel stressed trying to get everything done before family arrives. For the medical student, it can also cause a lot of stress trying to balance family and studying. School doesn’t end when Thanksgiving rolls around, so it is likely that a lot of students have exams after break, forcing them to study over the holiday. When winter break comes around, classes may be over for the year, but second-years have to start thinking about studying for boards and planning out their schedules for the upcoming semester.
Depending on how far you have to travel to go home for the holidays, you might have to make the tough decision to stay at school over breaks. If this is the case, just keep in mind that the studying you are doing will all be worth it and having that break after exams are over will be even sweeter. If you do decide to go home, communicating with your family ahead of time about how much you will have to study is really important. As always, planning ahead and making a schedule can help out with the stress and allow you to separate family and school. If you do decide to study over winter break, make sure to take some time for yourself. Burnout is real and you want to make sure you are rested when you come back to school.