Advice For the First Years

In the All-Knowing Wisdom of the M2-M4’s, we’ve put together a compilation of little pieces of advice for the newbies.

“Don’t treat medical school like a race. Treat it like a marathon. Place as high as you can manage, but once you cross the finish line nobody can take that accomplishment away from you.” — Daniel Ortiz, Class of 2020

“ALWAYS have a jacket. The HEB is colder than Antarctica.”– Anonymous, Class of 2021

“The most difficult part of adjusting to medical school, as a parent, was trying to balance personal obligations with academic ones along with the pressure to be successful in “both” lives. I came to realize by the end of it all that being “balanced” is more important than being “best”. I’m older than most of my classmates, so I feel the most important thing coming in is to know that you are going to hit a wall. That’s okay. Knowing there’s a wall there forces you to think of ways around it. Don’t give up. Don’t pretend it isn’t there. Ask for help and advice through every obstacle. You should know there are people who can climb it faster or better or who finish the race with the best times.”                         — Anonymous


“Don’t get caught up in what your peers are doing, focus on yourself.” — Ashwaan Uddin, Class of 2020


“Set firm boundaries between school and home life, then refuse to compromise them. No exam is worth compromising important relationships.” — Anonymous, Class of 2021


“Don’t listen to anyone’s advice on how to do med school, especially M1-2. That said, find what you like, find a mentor who inspires you, find what works for you studying wise and roll with it.” — Anonymous, Class of 2020 


“Buy a big box of plastic silverware for your locker – You will forever be running around the HEB looking for silverware, and Tropicana charges you for 25 cents for a fork unless you buy their food.”– Emily Johnson, Class of 2022


“Try to ignore what others are doing. It is really easy to get caught up in how, how much, or the way in which others are studying but this is YOUR experience. It doesn’t matter if your friend or the AOA president stays at the library studying until 9pm every night, if you’re tired then go home and sleep. If you need time with friends/family (or time just watching Netflix) then do it! I was so worried that I wasn’t studying enough or doing medical school in the “right” way but once I started studying in the way that worked for me while listening to what I needed I enjoyed medical school so much more and my grades were still really good.” — Leyann Dahlgren, Class of 2021


“Don’t lose sight of what gives your life the most meaning. If that is family, friends, religion, bowling league, etc., make sure you spend time pursuing those things. This is the most important action you can take to not be miserable in medical school.” –Nathan Stacy, Class of 2022

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