I definitely found this to be one of the hardest adjustments in transitioning from undergrad to med school. I got two amazing pieces of advice first year. The first was to only be in competition with yourself. There’s always going to be someone smarter or more hardworking, but that doesn’t make you any less talented or amazing! It’s all about becoming the best version of yourself. Once you shift your focus to that, the rest falls into place.
The other piece of advice was to embrace knowing nothing. I lived the first 22 years of my life terrified to make mistakes, beating myself up when I was wrong, and full of doubt about if I was ever going to be good enough. I’m still working on this, but I’ve gotten so much better, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. We’re never going to know everything - and that’s part of the allure of medicine, right? There’s always more out there. We do, however, grow with every mistake we make. It’s okay to get a bad grade, life moves forward. You learn from it and it makes you a smarter, more confident person. So dive in and ask silly questions, mess up on a skill, flub through taking a history - it’s way better to do it now than later in your career. Never let self-doubt be the enemy - you are awesome, you can do this, and you will.
Oh, and one last piece of advice I realized last year. We’re all clueless - no one has it completely together. So never feel alone in that, it’s universal, I promise. :)
Not sure why upperclassmen are telling us that we’re “crazy” for wanting to know about board exams already.
That’s because I know that I stress out big-time when it comes to standardized exams, so I would like to know about the beast that I am dealing with and prepare for it as early as possible.
I’m going against the discouragement! I want to know that I can do the best that I can with boards, and that includes knowing everything I can about how to prepare for it—no matter how early.
This week has been horrible for me. I am finding inspiration in small things and trying to push past these next few exams; and knowing a little something about boards will help me feel more ready and less stressed.
I am feeling so lost right now, about everything. I wish I just knew what the future had in store for me.
I can’t believe how low I am feeling. I guess it’s finally getting to me.
Time to pick myself up for the onslaught of exams in the next three weeks!!
#Not feeling quite right
#trying to reinspire