Want to know something awful? I didn’t really think I’d hang out with many people in my medical school class.
I had this terrible attitude going into it that I would be so much (5 years, gasp!) older than everyone, we wouldn’t get along, and I’d just be sort of a loner that studied and get my work done.
I had heard while interviewing that most medical students don’t go to class (this is a lie FYI. I’m sure it varies school to school, but I’d say it’s 50/50 at SLU during first year, less go second year) so I, being the planner that I am, had this daily schedule mapped out in my head before classes even started. I’d wake up, exercise, study at home, take my lunch break, blog, study more, etc etc. None of it involved going to school, hanging out with friends, being part of groups or anything.
I have no idea why I thought I would be so solitary. I guess I didn’t have a good grasp on what medical school would be like. I truly had no idea what a day to day schedule would even be — how much class, what times, etc until our schedule came out during orientation. It was this big unknown and I just projected my terrible fears and anxieties onto it. I was prepared to just buckle down for four years and get it done, like it or not.
I was so wrong. I am so glad I was so wrong! A commonality among my classmates is that we all say we have way more fun in medical school than we had expected to. Granted I’m still in my first year which is known to have the most free time, but we’ve got the work hard / play hard thing down pretty well.
I love being in school. I love the educational environment — people are so eager, often new to a city and wanting to explore, you have forced friends. It’s just prime for fun!
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!
My friends in medical school are some of the most fun, passionate, down-to-earth, kind, intelligent and hilarious people I’ve ever met. We spend a ton of time together, whether just in class, study groups, grabbing a drink or surprising each other for birthdays. The age thing doesn’t matter at all. My best friends in class are all younger than me and I wouldn’t even know. Except when they make fun of me for being class mom and going to bed early and using anti-wrinkle cream:)
So I guess the lesson here is don’t assume the worst! Don’t give into the worries and anxieties in your head. Leave open the possibility that whatever is in your future will be even more wonderful than you ever thought it could be.