Today is the first day of my second semester in medical school.
“Molecules, Cells, and Cancer”
Well, being that molecules make up all matter, and cells make up every living organism, I think it’s safe to say that the content covered during this semester will be all-consuming and breathlessly comprehensive. This is why I am feeling exceptionally anxious for my first day of class of this new semester.
I passed first semester – with satisfactory scores. But I didn’t land on the far upper edge of the grading curve like I usually do, which left me feeling a twinge of doubt towards my performance this semester.
Now is when grades and rankings and percentiles become important. Every study guide will be laid aside to open again momentarily, only to be re-opened feverishly during STEP 1 study. This is when our potentials are truly tested.
I keep trying to embrace this enormous task in front of me – welcoming it with excitement and motivation – and shoving aside the fear and nerves that are buzzing inside me.
Then I remember:
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.