Going into the course that you want, you have high hopes for your chosen course and high expectations of yourself with med school already set in your head. Words like "road to laude" and "acads before lakads" engraved in your heads thinking that it will just be that easy to get high grades. It's easy to think that you'll be a shoo in for your dream med school but please consider these:
- "Is this really what I want?"
Going into med school takes years of study—from pre-med, med proper, to specialization, you have to be prepared for what's to come. With having to undergo these years of study, you have to make sure that you really want this for yourself because the truth is...
- It doesn't get easier.
People can sugarcoat what it's like to be on the road to becoming a doctor. People might say it's worth it in the end. But trust me when I say it doesn't get easier because it's actually the opposite. It gets harder as the years go by.
- Think of why you want to be in med school real hard.
What made you want to take this course in the first place? What made you want to become a doctor? Are you doing it for yourself or for the people around you? Is this reason worthy enough of the years you're going to put yourself through? Would this reason get you through all those obstacles? Ask yourself these questions because if you think that your answer is worth it, then...
- Don't give up.
If it is worth holding on to, don't forget it. Engrave it in your brain. That will get you through the process. That will get you through all the obstacles that you will have to pass. You've only seen half the battle so don't give up now. You're doing this for a reason. If this reason is good enough for you then all the reasons that I've given you to discourage you from going to med school shouldn't faze you.
- You're only just starting, there's a long way to go.
You still have a lot to learn. You still have a lot to experience. You still haven't experienced the first time you passed the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT). You still haven't felt the giddiness of getting your first stethoscope. You haven't felt the satisfaction of actually getting to help people who are in need. We all know that it's an overwhelming course yet very fulfilling when you succeed.
Now go be a doctor. It's who you are meant to be.
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