So I know this is the time of year that most second year students take their USMLE Step 1. I took mine in early June, and one of the things I planned for when I created my study schedule was a time for celebration after Step. If you know me, I’m a bit of a workaholic, but I’m also a huge believer in “work hard, play hard.” So I wanted to share with you how I decided to spend my time celebrating after.
USMLE Step 1 is a tough exam—there’s no going around that. But I reminded myself and still continue to remind myself that all you can do is your best, and that will be enough. So there goes my little motivational spiel. Now for the fun part—CELEBRATING BEING DONE.
STEP Day: Initially, I planned on taking my Step 1, then taking a shower and going straight to bed; however, my “second parents” insisted on taking me to a nice dinner and enjoy the incredible pianist who was playing at the restaurant. Needless to say, I’m so glad I enjoyed a relaxing and fun evening with them. It was a great way to stop thinking about the exam and enjoy time with loved ones.
Saturday: I enjoyed dinner and “girl time” with a friend plus a concert afterward. It felt great to be around people again after being isolated for a month!
Sunday & Monday: RELAX and catch up on any to-dos.
Tuesday & Wednesday: I drove to the MS Delta to teach a lesson on nutrition and teeth at a local public library with the MS American Academy of Pediatrics. It was truly a special experience spending time with the kids!
Thursday – Saturday: I flew to Chicago for the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting. It was an incredible experience & I truly had the best time—more on that in a future post.
Sunday: REST UP! Why? Rotations start the next day—I’m an M3 now! Again, more on that in a future post.