Two years ago (yesterday) I passed my national boards and became an official PA-C. What a wild couple of years it’s been. Before school, I thought I’d want to go into emergency medicine or surgery. And my first job after school was in orthopedic surgery, but it didn’t feel right. So while I was hunting, I dabbled in family medicine/urgent care (which I actually really enjoyed). And now I’ve finally landed in internal medicine, which is HARD (you have to know everything...about everything). I’ve been constantly challenged and exhausted but ultimately feel exhilarated. I love learning 🤓. I’m finally beginning to feel like a real adult. I love my profession and am so proud of the leaps we’ve made in recent years. I wonder where I’ll end up next Jk jk...I’ll be at this job for a while 😏😉
I realize that some of you following along may be starting your journey in Undergrad. As exciting of a time this can be, it can be hard getting into the hang of things as well. So, I wanted to share some success tips that have helped me survive college (this far).
So you get to college & realize quick that you’re no longer in HS anymore. You have so much being thrown at your face. It’s hectic, stressful & can be rough. Maybe you don’t even know what you want to major in yet How are you going to study How are you going to have a life when you have 5 classes, labs + exams every wk What clubs are you going to join
Here’s some words of wisdom:
𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐤𝐚𝐲.
It really will be. You do NOT have to have your life figured out from the get go. Relax. Take a deep breath. Realize that these emotions you are feeling are 100% normal (and common).
𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞:
• Write down ALL due dates + events in a calendar that you will be able to check often
• Go to Office hours. 9x out of 10, your Professor will have a diff. level of respect for you when they see you are truly trying.
• Have multiple alarm clocks, & one that is far away from your bed so you have to get up
• Make a schedule of your classes, map out free time for studying, exercising, or just to relax. Down time is crucial.
• 𝙎𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙮 𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙮. Keep up with the material daily, do a little bit at a time. Ask Qs early. You will thank yourself when exam time rolls around & you aren’t pulling an all nighter.
• Aim for 7.5+ hrs of sleep per night
• Crockpots are your best friend
• Ask Qs, lots of them. Who cares. You or someone else is paying a lot of $ for your schooling & the only person who is going to get the job done is 𝘆𝗼𝘂.
• Realize that you might have to change your study habits per class, maybe even during the semester (if an exam doesn’t go as planned, & believe me, it happens)
• Deep breaths. College is not easy. Some days are really tough. Some days you will wake up and feel like you hit the ground running. That’s ok. It’s gonna be ok.
Any more tips or Qs you have Send me a DM or comment below. 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙡𝙪𝙘𝙠!
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