I know finishing my first year shouldn’t be surprising, but I keep catching myself thinking “holy crap, I would’ve never guessed I’d ever be here.” (Where did I think I’d be at this point in my life, exactly? Honestly, I wanted to be a writer, so… living in a box. Or a hippie commune in Canada.)
See, I grew up assuming science was impossibly hard. So I stuck to what I was good at and never branched out – at least, until forced to by Midwestern U’s completely unreasonable policy of “having gen ed requirements”.
So ever since my sophomore year – when I snuck into an upper-level neurobiology class in an attempt to at least make my required science class interesting – I’ve felt like I was playing a frantic game of catch-up.
Even when I was accepted to Metropolis Med two years later, I felt insecure about it – it’s a research school. I went from never dreaming they’d accept a chick with no research experience, to nearly dropping the acceptance letter as I thought, “Oh crap. Do they realize they’ve just accepted a chick with no research experience?”
And this is what it feels like to be that insecure chick with no research, at the end of her first year:
Thank you all for sticking with my blog – especially through all my whining, unfunny science jokes and annoying updates about the state of my room. (Update #18: Currently looks like an Old Navy and an Office Depot grew legs, started running, and collided head-on. Am continuing to find new ways to fail at the game of adulthood.)
So seriously – thank you. It means a lot to know that my boyfriend isn’t the only person reading this. And now I’m off to celebrate!
Congratulations! And thanks for sharing this story. I’m in the midst of applying to med school despite also being a chick with no research experience (and bare minimum science requirements thanks to my arts degree). It’s encouraging to hear it’s not impossible, especially when I start to freak out over the long-shot-ness of it all (which happens about twenty times a day). Love reading your updates 🙂
Thanks so much! Cheers to the Chicks with No Research Experience club! 🙂
Congrats! I hope you have a great summer.
PS Why not be a doctor and a writer? Seems like you’ve got a really good start to that. I know I’m here for the writing, not the study mnemonics, and I can’t be the only one. 🙂
Aw, thank you! Yeah, that’s definitely one of the reasons I love blogging while in med school – the best of both worlds!
Hurray! Yippee! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhoooooooooooooooooooooo!
You did it, girl! You did it!
I can’t wait to read your adventures as an MS2. You rock, ActPot.
!!!! Thanks!! 😀
Finishing my first year was awesome. It was the first time I realized I actually might make it.
That’s exactly how I feel. “Hey, guess this ‘getting through med school’ thing’s gonna happen after all.”
Congrats! I just finished my second year of vet school despite having no tech experience. I still have no tech experience. They still let me take classes :).
Haha, awesome. Thanks! 🙂
Congratulations! It’s defintiely a good thing to feel that way sometimes! I mean, keeps you humble. Imagine if you were at this point and all “wow, had that shit in the bag.” It’d take all the fun out of it!
Haha. “Wow, had that shit in the bag” would be a pretty amazing reaction to the first year of med school.. if I met someone who truly felt that way, I’d probably beg them to teach me their Secret Jedi ways.
Congratulations on your completion of your first year! I had been thinking that I have been enjoying your blog way too much to not comment. This was the perfect post for that! Thanks for writing and giving this nursing student an idea of what her son is in for in a few years (if he is lucky).
Just wanted you to know… this random medical blog stalker is wholeheartedly cheering you on!
Aw, thank you! It always means a lot to me to hear that other people are reading this. Best of luck to your son! As hard as it is, so far, I’d have to agree whole-heartedly that it’s worth it. 🙂
Congrats! It’s been fun reading your blog (and sharing it with friends) in between study breaks.
And I second the “do both” option of doctoring and writing.
Awesome, thanks! I definitely think it would be fun to try..
Congrats! I really enjoy your blog.
I can identify with some of what you wrote. I was told I wasn’t good at science and I avoided it, which is too bad as I really enjoy science (and am actually good at it). I was much older than you when I figured this out so can’t really leverage it into anything at this stage of the game.
I’m so super proud of you and happy for you. You really inspire me, a lot.
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Great posts – as an aspiring writer, novice comedian, and actual med student, I appreciate your delivery and your jokes.