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Amber Robins: Diary of a Med Student

October 27, 2011: Only human after all!

Author: Amber Robins

October 27, 2011

Dear Journal,
Time has surely been passing extra fast these last few weeks. I really can’t believe it! I know I should be used to the fast pace of medical school but for some reason I still am not. It seems to be moving faster and faster, never slowing down. Let me take the time to tell you what’s been going on with me. 
For the last 9 weeks I’ve been in a course called Mind, Brain, and Behavior (also known as “MBB”). It’s our Neurology and Psychiatry course at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. I can say that it is a very intense course, especially during the first few weeks. I have to admit that I had no idea that so much went on in the brain. It’s something that I used to take for granted. Prior to this course I was so naïve of the true function of the brain. Let me tell you that on day one of MBB that naïve idea got blown out of my head. During the entire course we learned about so many tracts, pathways, cranial nerves, strokes, disorders, etc. It was literally mind-boggling. Thankfully, during this course I was able to visit my family for a weekend escape in order to take a quick and well-deserved break.
During the middle of MBB, I needed a break. My brain was tired and I was getting really home sick. My mom came up with a great idea. She told me to buy a plane ticket to Atlanta and my family would meet me there. (Mom, that was the best idea EVER!) I really needed to be reminded about my life outside of medical school. My family always brings me back to why I chose medicine as a career. 
In Atlanta we went to the Atlanta Classic. Southern University and Florida A&M University played in the classic. Being with my family at a football game brought back so many memories of when my sister and I were little girls dancing to the beats of the Southern University marching band. Those were the good ole days; the days where I dreamed of one day wearing a long white coat and seeing patients while making an impact in my community. Wow! It hit me during those moments with my family, that my dreams were coming true right before my eyes. I’m almost there! That’s just what I needed to keep pushing me forward. I needed to step out of the busy realm of medical school and all of its madness to remind myself of why I want to become a physician.  I can’t tell you how much I encourage each and every current and future medical student to do the same. We are human beings after all. 
So you see, a LOT has been going on lately. School has been going very swiftly and I’m simply going along for the ride. I didn’t think when I started this journey of medical school that I would have to so frequently remind myself why I chose this path. I think it’s a great thing to do. In my opinion, it reignites my passion each time and encourages me to dream even more.  
Thankfully, I have finished MBB, one of the most challenging courses of 2nd year. Now I am beginning Disease Process and Therapy. I am super excited and am in the process of planning my next break. 
Amber Robins, MS2

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