After hours of prayerful studying for the last 5 days, 73 hours to be exact, I can say that I am officially done with my first anatomy exam and I not only passed it, I aced it! I think the major reason why students have problems in medical school is not because they cannot get the material or because their time management skills are just that bad, it’s a lack of faith. The amount of material that we have to retain messes with your mind and for the first time for most of us, you will really start to think that this is impossible and that you can’t manage to remember it all. Personally I believe that if God bought me to it, he will bring me through it and with the faith of a mustard seed, all of the impossible becomes possible. Regardless of whether you share this belief in God or not, having faith in yourself and your capabilities is the only way to get through medical school and not go crazy. I’ve been told by mentors past that if you think about all the time you could save by using the time we spent on complaining about the work and thinking about how you will get it done, and just sit down and do the work, you would be surprised at how many things you could get in to the day. I have worked in running at least once a week and keeping in touch with family.
With that said, my strategy of staying ahead on the lectures has proved to be extremely helpful in giving me study time as well as allowing for fun. Last night, the majority of my class went out to celebrate getting our first exam out of the way. What can I say, we work hard so we deserve to play hard! I have also decided to go ahead and run for class representative. I know now that I can handle it as long as I stay on top of my work and I will make sure that the 5 days before every exam are school only with no distractions. Elections are next week so I will let you know what happens with that as well! As for more good news, I just received another scholarship meaning with 6 for the year, the myth that you cannot get scholarships for medical school is false! Even with all of the hard work that we have to put in, I am enjoying medical school much more than college and way more than high school. The next four years, I feel, with be the best years of my life!