What first year in med school has taught me

Saturday, July 08, 2017


The first year in med school is about self-discovery. For years of 'soul-searching', I thought by now I already knew myself. I thought wrong. At the end of the school year, I was amazed how I was able to learn massive amount of information in a short period of time. I never thought I could do it, but every day I just push myself to do better and to study more than I thought possible. Most importantly, I learned to pick myself up when I fall down.

You don't have to do what everyone else is doing. We all have our own ways of studying. Don't do what everyone else is doing. Look for which study strategy will suit you best. Find your own pace. BUT, don't ignore those people who are extending their help to you.

You don't have to go through the grueling journey in medical school alone. Find your clique. Find people who will laugh and cry with you during the good and bad times. Accept the diversity of people around you. Find friends who will help you get through med school.

Time management is the key to everything. Set boundaries and adhere to them. They say once you enter med school, you'll have to sacrifice the time you have with your family, etc. For me, time management is the key. Never lose touch with your family and friends because they're the one who will keep you sane. You may limit your communications with them but you don't have to completely cut it off.

Practice the art of 'self-care'. As early as now, commit to taking care of yourself because once the school starts, it's easy for us not to eat right or fail to get enough sleep. This might not make your first year in med school easier, but your body will thank you sooner or later. Health is wealth, people.

Be thankful of everything and be humble. You will learn a lot of things, but it does not give you the privilege to look down on others. Just because you know things does not mean you have to be mean to people who don't know what you know. Be thankful because not everyone can go to school even if they want to.

Most importantly, always be humble.

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