The end of second year has finally arrived. All the grades are on the books, and it’s safe to say that I’ve successfully completed half of my medical training. But now the scary part begins…studying for Step 1.
I’ve decided to go home to Connecticut to study, because I think that I will be more focused away from the school environment, and I will have help with chores like laundry and meal preparation. It will be strange to be away from Albany for so long, and stressful to prepare for the herculean task that is Step 1.
I have one month to study and synthesize everything that I’ve learned over the past two years. I’ve dreaded having to take Step 1 since the beginning of second year. I’m still terrified, but I think that it will be good to really focus on studying, since it is the only thing I have to do now that classes are over, and to finally get it over with.
I just got back from my trip to San Diego, so I’m taking a day to recover and collect myself. I’ve got lots of little tasks to do to clean my plate before I start studying in earnest. So today, I’m writing blog posts, paying my rent, responding to e-mails, and setting a study schedule, and then it will be time to hit the books tomorrow.
I’m not looking forward to the work that is ahead of me, but I am excited to think that in a few weeks it will all be over and it will be time to start third year, which will be different and interesting and a good change of pace from classroom learning. And with that, I think that I should sign off for a while—wish me luck on my exam, and I’ll be back to write more in a few weeks!