The musings of a fourth year English medical student

Sunday, 6 September 2015

SURVIVING SECOND YEAR



Recently I have been thinking a lot about how I am going to approach my second year of medical school differently than my first. First of all, I want it to be clear that I love being a medical student. I really enjoy all the topics we've covered and I still yearn to know more. Whilst I have made such lovely friends at medical school and the atmosphere and community is wonderful, it's simultaneously an incredibly intense environment. 

I have come to realise that I don't want to overwork myself. As much as I want to make the most of all the opportunities that I will have at university, I want to make sure that I make time to do fun things as well as study. I didn't make enough time last year for piano, exercise or any other activity really. I want to put my best effort into my studies, but not to the point where it becomes my life. I've learnt that little and often is the best way to keep up to date with work. I have repeatedly been told that "Medicine is a marathon, not a sprint.", and only now do I understand. You can't cram for medical exams - believe me, I tried! 

Today I have spent most of my time on some form of public transport after my hospital appointment which was far away from my university. As I was saying goodbye to my Dad, he told me "Kate, don't stress out. Just survive. That's all you have to do." And in the little he said, I completely understood what he meant. I bloody well had my face cut open and bones broken 5 weeks ago, and I'm not superwoman. I don't want to be superwoman. I no longer care about doing everything perfectly, I'm happy to make mistakes and to not know everything. 

I am going to making sure that:
- I exercise 3 times a week
- I do some fun social activity each week
- I play piano 3 times a week
- I never work past 9pm
- I join a new club/society
- I have at least one cozy night in a week where I do fuck all but drink hot chocolate and chill out 
- I maintain Rob and I's weekly dates 

I also want to dedicate more time to my blog. I am really enjoying writing my posts and love how blogging has allowed me to meet new people :) 

I'll let you know if this actually happens!

P.S. whilst I've been recovering from the surgery, my meat cravings have been insane! I cannot wait for steak again!! 
Just looking at this steak is making me drool

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  1. Good luck with second year! You're totally right to take it a bit slower - medics have a bit of a habit of burning out otherwise. The best thing you can do work-wise is be consistent all year round. Keep your notes up to date and revise in plenty of time. Doing this slow and steady working leaves you with loads of time to have fun all year!
    Jennifer x
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    1. Thank you Jennifer! Good luck with your medical studies, too! xxx

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