2019 is already in full force as I already have a block exam this upcoming week! It’s hard to keep up with all the resolutions I made during winter break after getting back into the grind of medical school again. Although some resolutions were too hard to keep up with, I have tweaked a few of them to fit my busy schedule as a medical school student. I have listed a few below:
- Studying to treat rather than to get the score. It’s incredibly easy to measure success based on grades. It’s a numerical value that allows you to compare how you did with others and to measure improvement. Don’t get me wrong, you need to pass all of your classes and also strive to do the absolute best you can do in your classes but changing my mindset about grades and success has allowed me to live a healthier life.
- Helping friends succeed. I saw so much knowledge floating around during anatomy lab and I really wanted to continue that not only in lab, but with all of my classes. It’s nice to study with peers to gauge their understanding of topics and to expand on information that is unclear. This is a fun way to learn, but also get closer with friends.
- It’s okay to not be okay. I think one of the most difficult parts of medical school is life goes on with or without you. I see my closest friends getting engaged or buying new cars or changing the world, while I am just locked up in a library studying the lateral corticospinal tract. Some days are really hard and it is really okay to acknowledge that.