But graduating from medical school was never meant to be a simple feat to accomplish. Here are some reasons (in no particular order) why:
- Overcoming your own drawbacks.
- The sheer volume of information.
- Learning a new language.
- Developing an entirely new lifestyle.
- Taking responsibility for lives.
- The vicious circle of learning A.K.A. embarrassment.
- Losing friends.
- Having less "me" time.
I'll admit that I'm a bit of a hypocrite...I crammed my way through most of medical school but after a certain point, cramming fails you and in the long-term, you look like an idiot because you don't remember anything. I managed to keep up a proper study routine for one semester and it turned out to be the best semester I've had in terms of grades: all A's. Unfortunately, that trend never continued.
I'm planning to make those sacrifices I mentioned by the time my 5th year rolls around, not suddenly of course, because that wouldn't end successfully. As for my new eating regimen...well, I can go through that another time.
If you're not in medicine, you may be thinking that the points I've made apply to you as well. Naturally, they aren't unique to medicine but the experiences themselves are what make medicine as difficult as it is...and they're also what make medicine as wonderful as it is.