Being in medical school is not an easy lifestyle. Endless nights, constantly studying, giving up your free time, and being stressed out of your mind is not for the faint of heart. I have met several friends throughout my medical school career who have dropped out because they were not able to make it through.
I was talking with my mom about my difficulty in passing my NBME exam earlier in the year, and how some of my friends gave up their medical school career after not passing that exam. She told me that she was proud of me for not giving up when it got hard, and how she was proud that I didn’t give up, even when I failed the exam. Medical school is going to be full of hard exams, and the NBME was one of many that stressed me out, but a very important exam that I needed to bring me to my next step in my education.
It takes a special type of person to become a physician, which is why medical school is so difficult. I cannot imagine myself doing anything other than medicine, which is why I persevered. I don’t have a “plan B,” so I have to do everything in my power to make my “plan A” work out for me. I would not be able to do this without the support of my family and friends, who are constantly motivating me especially when I am at my low points.