Tuesday was a mildly uneventful day. We get those from time to time. Although uneventful, it was still quite busy. I didn’t get home until about 11 p.m., which is past my bed time.
One of my first pieces of advice is to never sacrifice sleep. You may think you should pull an all-nighter to study, but if you go into the exam dead tired, the all-nighter will do you more harm than good.
Which leads me to my second piece of advice: time management. This will be one of the most important things to learn as soon as you get here. The faster you learn to manage your time, the less stressed out you’ll be and the more successful your experience here will be.
This whole week ended up being busy. I personally had four quizzes, two practicals and one exam. So right now my time management skills need to be in their prime. Which they aren’t right now. I was in class until about 4:30 p.m. yesterday and then had to hit the gym. That’s a new thing for me but not because I’m setting myself up for a New Year’s resolution failure. It finallly hit me that I only have six months before I have to start wedding dress shopping, so if that’s what it takes to get me to start being healthy, so be it. And I can’t tell my patients to start living a healthy lifestyle if I’m not doing it myself.
After the gym I had to make a pit stop at the grocery store so I could eat for the next couple of weeks, which is also important. I picked up a lot of brain food, also important. After my two-hour trip to the grocery store, my friends and I had another get-together to run through our cervical set-ups to prepare for our practical Wednesday. So by the time I had done all these things It was about 11 p.m., and I still had to study for my quiz.
But don’t worry or get overwhelmed–this program is designed to prepare you for weeks like this. And once its over, you realize it actually wasn’t that bad. Plus, in the end, it will be more than worth it.