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Amber Robins: Diary of a Med Student

April 4, 2011: Take one day at a time, one test at a time.

Author: Amber Robins

April 4, 2011
Dear Journal,
Today I took my first test for my last course as a first-year. The course is called Host Defense, and it consists of microbiology and immunology. I am just amazed that my first year is almost over and also somewhat relieved that it went by so fast. This year has had so many ups and downs for me. I have been challenged intellectually and emotionally, but in the end I have grown immensely.  I never thought that I could ever study 8-10 hours a day before until I came to medical school. If you would have told me a year ago that I would study for such a substantial amount of time, I would have thought you were crazy. It is truly a new life, a new destiny for me. With all this growth, there have been many times when I thought that medical school may not be for me.
Many nights after a long day of class, I wondered if this life is for me. Being in the medical field is truly a sacrifice because it takes so many years and hard work to reach the goal of being a physician. As much as this idea may have briefly rested in my mind, I always come back to the realization that there is nothing in the world that I would rather do more than being a doctor. That’s when I know I’m on the right path. What’s amazing is that many medical students and physicians have had this same thought wondering if this life in medicine is truly for them. It’s considered a normal idea that goes through everyone’s head. It’s just that many people are slow to express this feeling.
If there’s nothing else I’ve learned from my first year, it is simply this: take one day at a time, one test at a time. In my opinion, this is the key to survival in medical school and a life in medicine. Try it and let me know what you think. 
Amber Robins

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