The waiting game after taking an exam is probably up there with going to the dentist and getting my oil changed on my list of my not-so-favorite things to do.
There’s always anxiety surrounding the exam, but after I’ve closed my computer at the close of my exam, there’s nothing I can do but hope that I did my weeks of hard work justice with a few clicks of my mouse. I try to hike, and actually got new hiking sticks last week, but I can never fully relax until I’ve received my passing score, and it was no exception after my last exam of the semester with my two glorious weeks of winter break ahead of me. Luckily my exam on the gastrointestinal system went extremely well, and I was able to relax over break with a renewed sense of confidence in my performance in school.
We have seven more exams (…not that I’m counting!) this semester before the big dance of Step 1 of the Boards in June, and I’m determined to work hard and learn as much as I can during that time. Third year filled with the exciting promise of interacting with real live patients and applying all of this book knowledge to clinical medicine is just around the corner, and I’m coming for it!