The current 2nd years have been such an amazing help to all of us 1st years. We walked into medical school completely unaware of what school had in store for us. Our eyes were huge when we learned what our new curriculum would entail and even larger when we took our first Anatomy exams (both written and the practical). Nevertheless, the 2nd years seemed so confident and collected. It was like watching an older sibling do something that amazed you. With that they always offered helping hands and listening ears. Even to this day they've been kind despite the fact that they are taking Respiratory (I'm so not looking forward to that).
So, now our turn is coming up. In less than 2 weeks we will be 2nd yr medical students. It's hard for me to believe that it has almost been a year since we began this journey. On the other hand, it's been one heck of a year LOL. I wonder will the new 1st years look at us how we looked at the 2015'ers.
Some of my classmates and I will be working as Blue Coats this summer for Anatomy lab. That should be a lot of fun. While being in lab was a very new experience for me I really enjoyed myself. You get to learn so much and see all the different structures in the human body. Furthermore, you gain a great appreciation for those that valued the effects of medicine so much that they donated themselves to science for educational benefits for students like myself. Also, many of us have signed up to serve as Peer Mentors too. I guess we will be getting to know the incoming students very well. I'm really looking forward to meeting each of them.
That first summer semester will be crazy, yet fun. You'll meet some amazing people and some not so amazing people (lol let's keep it real here folks). Then there's getting to know your professors and admiring them for achieving some great accomplishments. More than likely you'll want it to end because you're just not used to the intensity. But adjustments will be made accordingly, and that's why we will be there to assist you.
I can't wait for the summer!