Monday, February 15, 2016

What did you do the summer before year 1 of Med School??

I've been scratching my head about what I should do this summer before medical school starts? 

A lot of students I've talked to have advised me not to do any studying or reviewing of material to prep for what is to come during my first semester and year of medical school. Of course I did consider opening a book and reviewing notes but after taking time to really think about it, now that is furthest from my mind. After spending one to many of my summers preparing for the MCAT, spending my entire summer last year in a Medical School introductory course, and working all year long, this summer I really would like to maximize my time with family and allow myself to mentally and physically relax. So that when I start school in the summer/fall I will be at ease and ready to start this new chapter in my life.  

In addition to having to move and all that fun jazz, I want to set aside some time to enjoy the sun the cool breeze of the summer (or more like the crazy humidity of the south). Of course, I want to travel and explore places that I've never been, catch up on some reading, allow my creative juices to flow and maybe write a few new poems, and discover new things about myself. But, I don't have any concrete plans yet so now is the time to start brainstorming.

As a single mother I understand the sacrifices being made by myself, my child and family. So I want to make sure that my son is able to enjoy this summer as much as he can before we are both back in school.

I would love to hear from other students coming from similar familial backgrounds as myself and other young/older "single" students about how you spent your summer before beginning medical school!