Today is July 28th, which means I start medical school in less than a month. This just hit me a day or two ago with excitement, and fear that I might be forgetting something along the way. There are so many things to have in order before starting medical school -- don't you worry, I'm still giving myself a break to enjoy the summer. But it can be a bit overwhelming at times, especially when you work during the day and don't live where you're attending semester 1. I've been managing all right, I hope! Down below I've broken down things to do before you start, and if any med students are reading this I would love to hear your tips in the comment bar below.
Things you should do:
• take some vacation time
• enjoy as much of your summer as possible
• meet up with friends
• buy a smartphone, if you don't already have one -- possibly even a tablet
• if you'll be in a long distance relationship, or feel like you might get homesick, research into travel options to visit loved ones
Things you have to do:
• book HCP-CPR course - make sure it's accredited through your school and look for deals
• book immunization reviews early
• plan out your finances (you cannot start med school without a way to fund semester 1) - look into your savings/loans/professional student lines of credit
• register with relevant organizations (e.g. College of Physicians and Surgeons)
• solidify living arrangements
• complete research projects/jobs/volunteer commitments/etc.
• spend as much time with your SO as possible (note: this is a must)
And along the way, you may feel overwhelmed. And scared that documents won't be received, or you'll be declined for incredibly stupid reasons. You might start to think that you won't find a place to live and will have to lock yourself in your life sciences building during the night. But, one step at a time - take breaks, we're running a marathon now, guys, not a sprint. And if something does not turn out the way we would like it to, well, we just try our best because it is all we can do.
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