The musings of a final year medical student

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Le travail continue....

Hey all,

The past week has been rather a roller coaster.

I went home with my boyfriend who stayed in The Cotswolds with me for a week. It was great to have 1 week of pure relaxation before all the work begins! I have just over 8 weeks to learn the whole year's content for our summative exams. Yes, I am shitting myself.

However, I thought I'd share some of the fun I've had. Upon getting back, I went to my local pub for a well-needed school catch up. It was easily 30+ of us and we had a great time. Whenever we go there, we drink exclusively Stowford Press. Although not a local brew, you can't get it anywhere up north! It's a lovely cider, but it does smell of weed a bit. Don't let that put you off. Drinking Stowford Press reminds me of being back at sixth form and the new-found independence that being 18 brings. Although at most of the pub meet ups I couldn't have one because I was the designated driver!

I received an award from my old school for my contribution to STEM. It was great to see all my old mates again, but eery to be back at sixth from.

Rob and I used some Tesco club card vouchers to have dinner at Pizza Express. So outrageously middle class, but damn good pizza. We spent most of the days having lie ins, walking the Labrador and pottering around coffee shops in town. I love lazy days where you feel like there's no 'to do list'. Just relax. And it was perfect.

After he left, I went out for cocktails with my family followed by seeing the play The History Boys, in Cheltenham. It was absolutely brilliant. It always amazes how there's so much talent in people. People can do amazing things that really touch you. I would highly recommend it.

I am now in a bit of a conundrum. I feel so consumed with worry about failing my Summer exams, but at the same time I would love to meet up with my old school pals. I will be the first to admit that I haven't done a good enough job at maintaining my school friendships. I try to justify it because I'm a medical student, but that is definitely not an adequate excuse. The trouble is that my exams feel so close so I need to focus on them, but once they're over there won't be time to see them after. I found out this week that I finally have a date for my operation, which will be in mid July. I am so happy to finally have a date! Now it finally feels like it's going to happen, albeit a year late. This leaves a month to see old mates in between pre-op assessments. 

Also, I don't really know how to revise. I've had sessions on "what kind of learner are you" etc etc, but I'm still lost as to how I am supposed to cram all this information into my little head....

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