A week from now, first semester will end and then the most awaited 2-week semestral break follows. However, you have to go through the storm in order to see the rainbow. This one week consists of 4 final exams and 4 shifting exams which is a total of 8 major exams. Final exams and shifting exams weigh the same for me.
Being a Medical Student is not the same like the experience you had in college. This is four times difficult and very demanding. Since our school still practices traditional teaching, I have to be present at all lectures because attendance is a must. Everyday, I have to wake up 6 in the morning because classes starts at 7:00 AM. Good for me that my apartment is just walking distance from school. Some doctors come early before 7:00 AM and they sometimes lock the door or give surprise quiz whenever they see only a small number of students are present.
Now that I am already a third year medical student and a junior clerk, here are some of the few things I learned from Medical School.
1. It is okay to be absent.
This contradicts from my last statement which is “attendance is a must”. Whenever I have a major exam on that particular day, I usually skip my first subject in the morning. I have pulling an all nighter lately and I need extra hours for sleep or else I would be sleeping during the exam. However, this is applicable for those doctors who doesn’t mind the attendance sheet or who doesn’t give surprise quizzes. So far, I didn’t miss a quiz due to my absences.
2. It is okay to throw away one exam for the other exam.
I learned this term “throw away” when I was in second year. I have subjects on which I have my strength and some subjects that no matter how much I study, I still fail. There are also other subjects that has a highest mortality rate. So there are times that I tend to throw away those subjects that I can easily retain and spend the night on one subject that is really difficult. But be sure that you can pass all the exams for that day.
3. It is okay to study on old test papers.
This is a controversial one because some doctor doesn’t recommend studying on old test papers. That is why they don’t give recall questions anymore.They also find it very unfair because students won’t read on the book or print outs anymore because they will just have to memorize the answer for each question. But for me, this is okay as long you do your own rationale and confirm the answers from the book. This will serve as a reviewer for you once you have studied everything from your lecture.
4. It is okay to sleep the whole night.
There are days that we don’t have exams but they say that whether you have exams or not, you still need to study in advance. But I have this motto for myself which is, “SLEEP IS A WEAPON”. Don’t feel guilty if you “accidentally” slept the whole night because you were tired as a dog. You need to relax and rest for awhile in order for your brain to function well.
5. It is okay to go partying.
This doesn’t apply to myself because I don’t go night outs anymore. But it’s always been a cliche that in Medical School, you have no social life. But hey, you are wrong. You can spend your friday night going out with your friends or going somewhere that is far from your day-to-day life. Unwind and shake your bunbuns a little while. But always remember to be a responsible drinker, a party goer or a responsible night out person. Don’t let it ruin your study plans for the next day because you have a hang over or you are extremely exhausted.
6. It is okay to procrastinate.
Procrastination can be the culprit on not getting things done in the whole day. In Medical School, we usually have papers to submit or assignments for the following day. But instead of managing your time properly, you have these a couple to triple hours lying down on your bed just scrolling through your social media feed. Well, that is okay because it is another form of relaxing your mind. If you are a home buddy then this would be your own version of “partying”. And sometimes, you get great ideas when you are on an adrenaline rush and that is hours before the deadline. That is okay but don’t practice it too much because in the end, you’ll be the only one to suffer.
There are still a lot of things I have in my mind but these are top 5 that I can share. There are a lot of “it is okays” but these should not give you the reason not to study hard, excel in class or pass your subjects. You should still be responsible in all your acts because you are the only one to benefit or suffer from your actions.