What am I nervous/excited for upon starting medical school?

As requested by some of my lovely Instagram followers, I have decided that it is about the right time to sit back and really think about the things that have me nervous for medical school and those that make me unable to contain my excitement.

I thought a list-style might be best for this type of blog, so here goes….

Things that I am nervous for-

  • Making friends – it may sound silly considering I have already done a degree so have become used to the ‘Hello my name is Holly, nice to meet you’ way of making friends, but no matter how many times you put me in the same situation I will always find meeting new people very nerve wrecking!! I’m very shy at heart!
  • Keeping up with the content – I know I have the determination and skills, but medical school is a degree like no other and one that no one is ever fully prepared for. My worst nightmare would be falling behind. All I can do to prevent that is work my socks off like I always do!!
  • Travelling – I have never used a train on my own for more than 2 stops (HECK WHAT I know) and the thought of traveling from my home town to Oxford Road everyday frightens me. I would be lying if I said it didn’t. But, as a mature 21-year-old with the world at her feet, I am going to pull my big girl pants up and get on with it! How hard can it be 😅
Things I cannot wait for-
  • Making friends – I am nervous, I won’t deny that, but I am more excited to meet new people and learn about them and their interests over the course of my degree and beyond. Friends are always great to have around and I am sure that they are going to be key to making the most of medical school. Luckily, I have already made a few (you know who you are 😘) so I am less worried about starting out.
  • Anatomy labs – HECK TO THE YES. This has me the most excited – being able to learn from those who lovingly and amazingly donated their bodies to medical science is something I will never get over – I will never have enough words to thank them, and only hope that I make enough of a difference in my future field of medicine to make their choice worthwhile.
  • Clinical placements – this is what medicine is all about. Being able to put everything we have learnt in lectures and practicals into great use in real cases and with real patients. Making a real difference to people lives! It makes all the hard work worth it!!
  • Learning more about Manchester as a city – something you can never be thankful enough for is the chance to explore new places, and I certainly look forward to doing just that.
  • Heck of a lot more, but not enough time in the world to share them all….
It is clear that starting a new degree, and for me one which I have spent my whole life prepping for, is going to make you feel nervous from time to time BUT the excitement overrules this every minute of the day. I cannot wait to get on my path to becoming a Doctor and really learning about myself! It is going to be a lot of hard work, but I am ready for the challenge and can’t wait to show Manchester Medical School what I have to offer!!
Here’s to the next chapter.
H xx

Published by Dreams Of A Medic

2nd Year Medical Student at the University of Manchester!

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