When I started medical school, I had ideas of the positions that I wanted to hold and things that I wanted to do, even what my interest would be. I really feel professionally those interest haven’t changed much but personally they have.
Medicine gives you the opportunity to really craft your career as you see fit and all schools will give you that opportunity but my school does a really good job of making sure that they have extracurricular options that fill almost every gap. They give you opportunities to do your own research and do your own thing if you want to. I’ve been taking advantage of it, specifically because I wanted to make sure that I was happy. I think especially because we spend so much time studying, its easy to withdraw from people, from friends, overall it’s very easy to become depressed. The things that keep me uplifted and keep me going are my passions. My involvement in SNMA, research, and family medicine help me to make time to keep my joy. These are the things that no one warns you about coming into medical school. No one can warn you about how hard it is in the winter to get up in the dark to go to class, to get out of class to study, and then find yourself going home in the dark.
Even further, people don’t really realize how much changes after Christmas break when you really start thinking about boards and the stress is mounting. Stress after break in the second year starts to spread like wildfire. My advice is find what makes you happy and do the things that you enjoy doing. Don’t worry about what others are doing or saying. Focus on staying healthy and making it through the rest of the year.