A few days ago, the fourth year class graduated. Naturally, I’m friends with many members of the fourth year class, so pictures of the graduation ceremony were showing up all over my social media feeds. It was exciting to get a sneak preview of what my own graduation will be like next year – from the beautiful outdoor setting to the goofy looking hats (they’re poufy and maroon).
The day after graduation I was walking around school and thinking that although my classmates and I are still third years, we are currently the most senior students on campus. Fourth year is only a few weeks away. This is both exciting and terrifying since I feel like I have a million things to do and not enough time to do them. I have to study for and take Step 2 CK and CS in early July. I need to be contacting letter writers for letters of recommendation. I have to start working on my ERAS application. And on top of all of that I still have to finish my psychiatry clerkship!
It doesn’t help that the weather is finally nice again after the long winter and all I really want to do is be outside and maybe go camping. At least most of the tasks I have to do to prepare for residency applications feel sort of fun. There’s a bit of mystery surrounding the application process since we have to get “tokens” and there are portals and post offices and various bits of technology to master along the way. The process of applying to residency is the first step to starting my real life (outside of school) – trying to figure out where to train, where to practice, and what my practice will look like one day. All of those decisions are beginning to take shape now, which is definitely exciting, even if it will be a lot of work to navigate the process. I can’t believe that I only have one year to go!