Being a medical student is no mean feat. What with all those hours and years you have to spend burning the midnight oil to try and understand some scientific names! University is also a very different environment, far away from your parents. It’s just not like high school. As a medical student, you will have to work harder than most of your peers but chances are that you will also have lots of fun too. Although there are a lot of myths that may be discouraging for medical students, in the real sense, it is enjoyable and highly rewarding especially when you think of why you joined medical school. Here are some things that you should know about being a medical student.
You will use what you learn for all your life
This may seem a very trivial point, but it is actually true. The truth about most other courses is that you only study to pass your exams and then when you complete the course, the information learned becomes irrelevant. This is not the case with medicine since it involves learning about the human anatomy which never changes. You will also use the knowledge to understand and treat different illnesses.
Medicine is a long course
Studying medicine can be compared to a marathon. It is a long course unlike some courses such as being a waiter that can be compared to sprints since they are very short. The course is long because of the volume of course content that should be covered. This may seem monumental, but while in university, time seems to fly and you graduate very fast.
It is not all hard work and no play!
Medicine may be challenging, but you will still have time to enjoy being in the university, an experience that most people say it was one of their best. Although I'm a medical student, I have a few friends in the construction industry, their work is very labor intensive, but I like hanging out with them whenever I am free. It is always a great break from my medical friends in university and I really enjoy the time we spent together. All you need to do as a medical student is to plan your time properly and you will enjoy being a medical student. University is about more than just getting a degree, so loosen up and always create time for other activities.
When studying medicine, you are always up to date with the latest medical research.
Studying medicine is a great way to get what is current in the scientific world apart from what is in your textbooks. Your lecturers are always involved in the latest studies and as such, they can always teach things before they are published in textbooks and keep you up to date with the latest findings in the medical world.
If you do well in your exams while studying as a medical student, you will become a doctor. This may seem like an obvious statement, but think back about all the sacrifices you have made and those who also have not made it. By passing in your exams, it means you are competent enough to become a doctor and attend to patients with different diseases.