With only 4 months of med school left I still feel like it was yesterday that I was the dreamy eyed 8 year old who without a speck of doubt said “I want to be a doctor.” The journey so far has been eventful to say the least. “Your tenth boards are very important” they said. Once I got through that, they told me my twelfth boards will decide my future.
With that behind me, they said the entrance exams will seal my fate. Results in my hands, I remember vividly as I sat at the edge of my seat in the counselling room, fingers crossed, my eyes glued to the board that decided which med school I got into, my father holding my hand and praying with me.
The 8 (now 18) year old girl and her proud parents walked out of that room, with the kind of happiness they had never known before. Med school was a month away.
Today as I stand under my shower in my hostel room, four years later, I contemplate all this. After all aren’t all life changing decisions made in the shower? Med school was my dream and I’m almost at the end of part 1.
Exciting? Absolutely. Terrifying? Like you have no idea. In 6 short months I am going to be an intern walking the corridors of this hospital.
In 6 months I will have no more classes everyday where attendance will be taken, no more seminars conducted by my classmates where I’d nod vehemently, only pretending to be listening. No more proxies, no more I bunked class because “I just felt like it.” There will be no more cultural fests to organise or be a part of, no more batch photographs, hell no more batch rivalry with the juniors or seniors!
The next phase is internship after which we’ll take tests to get into specialization courses and from there we’ll come out surgeons or physicians. This is the last 4 months of “student life” we have left.
Looking back I’d like to think I’ve used my time in college efficiently in discovering myself, making amazing friends and coming to learn and love all that medicine had to offer. Every subject we’ve been taught, every doctor we’ve interacted with, every patient I’ve met has given me experiences I’ll hold dear.
Soon I hope I’ll be able to put all this into practice and become the doctor I dreamed of becoming.
But more importantly, from the time I finish writing this post I am going to utilize all the time I have left as a student and exploit all the rights that come with it.