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3 Lessons I Have Learned Since Starting Medical School

Medical school can be quite challenging and has definitely been a learning experience. It can take a while to adjust and get used to a new learning environment. Here are 3 lessons I have learned since starting medical school:

1. Don't give up doing what you love! Sticking to your hobbies is an important aspect of maintaining your mental health in medical school. Strictly studying can cause you to burn out quicker. Starting an interest group or club on your campus that is dedicated to your hobby can also keep you determined and meet others who share the same interest!

2. Don't be afraid to talk to someone if you are struggling. It can be very hard to admit that you are not doing well. If you have a counselor available on campus, don't hesitate to reach out to them. Also never hesitate to reach out to your friends, family, or classmates which you trust. Having a strong support system is so important to stay motivated through medical school.

3. You are here for a reason. Oftentimes, I feel like I am lost and don't understand many concepts in medical school. I have to remind myself that I am here for a reason. Med school is HARD. Not only are we dealing with the challenges of adulthood, but we are also dealing with the rigor of academia. We have to give ourselves grace and understand that we were accepted because admissions committees were confident in our ability to complete the program. To my med students, WE GOT THIS!

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