This is in response to Annalee’s message asking me if med school is what I thought it would be. The short answer is no. It is so much more.
As I said before, you have to be prepared to embark on a journey of a lifetime. There won’t be one moment you spend not reading or not learning a new skill and you’ll struggle a lot. I know I do. But that’s part of what I love most about it - it keeps challenging me. I had to develop a lot of skills very quickly and I become more focused, more disciplined and more organized thanks to it. At first I thought it was going to be easy, but boy was I wrong! Thanks to my infinite arrogance regarding studying on time I failed two of my exams in the first year.
I know some people would tell you it’s not that bad. I was one of the lucky ones; there are people at my uni who failed five exams or the year. But you have to decide what is your limit and stick to it. Never compare yourself to other people and don’t let them influence your learning habits. That was basically my number 1 mistake during the first year. I failed to acknowledge this is serious business and that I’m going to work with real people one day. Well, that’s scary!
I do love what I’m doing, however, because it’s very thrilling! There is not one moment of boredom, especially when you’re in a hospital or in a morgue dissecting a body. Sure there are parts of it that totally suck, but at the end of the day you’re training to heal people and that’s totally amazing, don’t you think?
So if you’re serious about medicine, I say go for it. It’s one of the most complex fields, though, and the amount of information you’ll have to comprehend is astounding. The only thing you have to be is passionate. The rest will follow, I promise.
Thank you for writing. I think it’s amazing you chose to pursue the med field because it’s such a rewarding area of expertise. I decided to write a post about it in case there’s someone else feeling conflicted about it as well.