Time is winding down, and I’m getting ready to leave California for Boston. Recently, I’ve been fielding the question of “If I’m ready to leave?”, and this question is usually mated with, “Are you ready to start medical school?”. To answer both questions succinctly, “no, with qualifications”.
Am I ready for medical school?
I actually have no idea (haha). I assume medical school will be challenging, it’s infamous for it. And to be honest, I really have no idea if I’m ready for the material or the pace. However, medical school is tough for everyone, so I’m not afraid of the imminent doom — I look forward to feeling stupid because it means there’s still room for me to grow. Also, I plan to follow the advice of whatever I hear from my upper classmates during orientation; I like to learn from others’ mistakes. Anyways, here’s an idea of what my first two weeks will look like:
– White coat ceremony is on August 4th. I’ll only be in Boston a few days before school starts, so it should be “fun”. However, as long as I have a soft place to sleep and a pillow I’ll survive for a few weeks.
– Then orientation, including a tour of Boston during the first week. I will try to use this time to meet with new classmates, and socialize while we still can. I think a big part of this will be developing relationships. I actually have a tendency to study by myself, it’s a bad habit. I think I do better with others, especially when I both self-study (I want to be useful to those I study with) and study with others to get more out of the experience.
– Human anatomy! The rite of passage for all medical students. I’ve seen cadavers before, but first time seeing them finely dismembered, faces peeled back, brains removed, lungs and innards tied into baggies, was during my medical school interview trail. Though this experience will help me brace for anatomy, I’m 100% me doing the dissections with my group will be another mental ball game.
– During week three I have my first test. I should mention, there’s a major exam about a month after school starts. I’ll see how I feel during that pace, either way I’ll need to figure out a way to handle it. My plan is just to start studying from day one.
– Overall, things get real very fast. =)
Am I ready to leave?
I haven’t actually packed anything, my flight is on July 30th, I don’t really intend to bring all that much with me. Like many Californians, within the state I’ve relocated many times (5x before college, 4x, +1 homeless spell in college). As a consequence, I’ve learned to live an ascetic lifestyle, I tend to forgo being to overly attached to items. So, it’s really just a matter of physically hauling myself to Boston, and saying all the goodbyes that is more work.
However, I am ready to leave in the sense that I’m ready to start the next phase of my life. It’s hard to believe that my biggest problems now is making sure I rock the first two years so reviewing for boards won’t be as brutal — wish me luck on that!