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Amber Robins: Diary of a Med Student

December 10, 2011: You are good enough

Author: Amber Robins

December 10, 2011
Dear Journal,
There has been so much that has taken place lately. What a surprise, right? School has really been demanding these last few weeks, but amazingly I am making it through. You remember I told you about my being in Disease Processes and Therapeutics (aka DPT)? Well, let me tell you that this class has definitely been challenging. The information itself isn’t too bad. It’s just the time in which we are given to learn everything is very short.
Last week after Thanksgiving we began learning about infectious diseases. The following Monday we had a test on it. It’s been like that ever since the course began. We have either a test every two weeks or every week. Even though it has been difficult, I am always impressed at how much information my classmates and I can retain. Everything seems to come together and make sense at the right time so that we can perform well on the tests. I have come to accept that I am able to do more than I’ve ever thought was possible.
Medical school has definitely been the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Of course, growing up I had some barriers to break through, but nothing compares to this. You see, this time the barrier that I have to break through that is holding me back is myself. I am the only one with that capability.  It took me awhile to realize that the day I was accepted was the day that it was confirmed that I, Amber LaTeal Robins, can do this thing called medical school. Although I might not have always seen it in myself, the fact that others saw it in me was my proof that this path is for me. It’s just as simple as that.
Right now I know a lot of people are preparing for medical school interviews and the new transition of becoming a medical student. If you remember nothing else, remember that you are good enough. Medical school is not easy, but you can do it! Others have seen it in you, now it’s your turn to really believe and see it in yourself. Keep that mindset.  When you feel like you might have lost it along the way, tell your close friends and family to remind you of it. That mindset of knowing you are good enough will take you farther than you’ve ever dreamed. I am definitely proof of that.
Amber Robins, MS2
P.S. I want to thank my family and my best friend for always reminding me that I am good enough.

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