I can’t believe I’ve been in medical school for approximately 2 years! Time flies like crazy when you’re constantly busy. Looking back on my experiences thus far, there are things I wish someone had told me when I was a first year.
Firstly, make it a priority to keep up and learn from class and Step 1 prep material. Really try to focus on keeping that information stored in your head by whatever means necessary. The reason I say this is because when you’re in your study period, it can be pretty overwhelming to realize that you’ve forgotten most of biochemistry. Strive from day 1 of second year to master the material. It’ll make it easier in the long run, believe me. It’s a hard endeavor to balance school requirements with boards but if you budget your time wisely, you can do it!
Secondly, make sure to do a few board style questions every day. It’s good to get into the mindset of standardized exams. You’ll start to notice patterns and you will recognize certain types of questions. From what I’ve read online, the single best predictor of how you will do on the boards is how many questions you do.
Thirdly, make sure to give yourself time to do things besides school. Watch Netflix. Go to some death metal concerts (or whatever kind of music you enjoy). Go hard at the gym. This seems like a no brainer but we often lose ourselves in medical school.