So, you’ve been accepted to medical school and are eager to start. Even though medical school is pretty much all done for me, I still remember my first few months of medical school vividly. It was a little bit like high school, since my class had only 200 people and we were all taking the same classes. Even still, my first semester of medical school holds a special place in my heart because it was a time of transition where I tried a lot of new things and figured out what worked for me. Here are some ideas on what you can do during your first semester of medical school!
- Meet your classmates: Medical school classes are full of so many interesting people who have such diverse backgrounds and you can enrich your life by learning from your classmates.
- Participate in class events: At my school, there are social events planned throughout orientation week, including bowling, a dinner night with third-years, and a potluck with fourth-years. Moreover, there were monthly Liver Rounds held at local restaurants where there were often drink specials and free food. It’s a great way to mingle with upperclassmen.
- Sign up for clubs at the student activities fair: I love getting involved and I feel that the no pressure way of signing up for student interest groups is a wonderful way to stay informed of the different events that are happening on campus.
- Figure out a study method that works for you: The first few months are the time for experimentation. For the first biochemistry test, I remember I would study with a friend, made flashcards, and even tried using a new note-taking system. I felt like I could adapt strategies instead of holding steadfast to what had worked for me in college.