Traveling gives you the privilege to see the other dimension of the world. It doesn’t only let you see the wonders of nature, the uniqueness of each culture and meeting other people but it helps you release all the stress-inducing vibes in your system. When they say Medical School, people think that you don’t have social life anymore because med students are too busy facing their books and studying on how to manage their future students. Medical school can be very demanding and depressing at some times. And this is why every medical student should experience traveling at some point in their med life.
1. You don’t have enough time.
When you become a professional, you are already on your late 20’s and some of you are going to put up a family. There will be more responsibilities and obligations to handle in the future. After the licensure, some will go moonlighting and some will proceed to the 4-5 crucial years of residency. You will still build rapport to your consultants and to the hospital.
So travel while you are a medical student. Travel while you are still young and your budget is still from little savings of your allowance. Travel while your focus is still on passing exams and studying.
2. You will become more independent.
When you travel, you will learn to make decisions all by yourself from making an itinerary, to booking flights and what to bring. With the independence your gain from your self, you will be able to build up confidence in facing different circumstances because you have already faced the world.
3. There’s more to life than your medical books.
Medical students shouldn’t lock their face down to their books, print outs or to medical videos. Because like what the cliche goes, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. When you travel, it broadens your knowledge on different cultures, people and experiences that you never knew it existed. It will also make you appreciated the different beautiful sights that the nature has for us which you cannot learn in your medical books.
4. It makes you happy.
Research shows that medical students are prone to suicidal thoughts, attempts or plainly to suicide due to the stressors that they get from your consultants and the heavy load you have on your 36 hours duty. But when you travel, it brings you the excitement of the thought that you are going to different places. It elevates your endorphin, serotonin and dopamine levels in your system when you are happy. This will help you avoid to be burned out from medical school and it will give you a good kick start when you go back to studying!
5. This will serve as your reward.
Always give your self a treat once in awhile by traveling because you deserve it. Whether you passed or failed your shifting exam, you still need a reward for yourself. You have pulled an all nighter, burned so many candles and drank too much coffee for your exams and that hard work you did needs a reward!
Here are some travel tips for Medical Students:
- Travel during long weekends. You can go to a nearby island or nearby towns.
- Always bring study notes for less guilt. At least, whenever you feel like studying, you have something to grab on.
- Schedule your trip after a major exam. Don’t schedule it before an exam or else you’ll get a travel hang over.
- Don’t forget your ID. Remember, there is Student Discount even you don’t look like a student.
- Enjoy and relax, because you deserve it!