Here we are are again. School has been in for about a week and a half, and we’ve really hit the ground running this year.
So how is this third year thing going? I think it could best be described as semi-controlled chaos. So far, it’s been busy, both due to the actual curriculum itself and the clubs I’m involved in. Classes are in full swing, we started orientations for clinics, we’re making preparations for surgery, and I officially have a rotation schedule! I think I’ll probably enjoy this year a lot; it’s already so much more clinical than second year (and therefore, to me, more stimulating). I decided to try something new this year: I decided to sit at the front of the room to encourage me to pay attention. I already know I’m one of “those” who will space out mid lecture, or find myself on Facebook/Pinterest/Etsy or any number of websites that have nothing to do with school. I’ve found over the years that I learn best by listening, so staying engaged is pretty important to my process. So far I have been more focused, but I guess time will tell.
Looking back, I remember a time when third year seemed like a million years away, and all I could hope for was to finally be done in the gross anatomy lab (affectionately called the “pit” at my school). Now I’m over the halfway mark, and it’s an amazing feeling.
So for everyone getting back into the school swing and continuing to chase the dream, hopefully your summer was fabulous and refreshing and you’re ready to make it happen this year.
And if you’re not quite ready yet, just know you’re not alone. It took me a full week and a half to mentally accept that school has started again.