Tightrope Time Part 2: Balancing Life in Medical School
September 26, 2013
1. Lay out your musts. That means you need to start your schedule by laying out priorities. That means including things like class-time, volunteer commitments, important family or friend events (i.e. weddings. So many weddings!) and sleeping. By putting down your musts first, you ensure that you will be able to achieve all that you absolutely NEED to do to at the bare minimum.
2. Around your musts, build in your fun time. This time should be full of activities that fill you up instead of emptying you out. This is where I personally place teaching/tutoring as well as exercising, reading for fun, baking, dancing, walking and time to just hang with your friends. By putting in your fun time second, you allow yourself to not only be functional, but productive and happy during your other timed sections.
Emily has been a teacher for Kaplan for over six years; she's taught MCAT, ACT, SAT, SAT2 and tutored pretty much every subject under the sun in both the classroom and live online (aka Classroom Anywhere) settings. She's also worked for Kaplan in content development and teacher mentorship roles. Emily is currently a second-year medical student at the University of Colorado and is hoping to go into Pediatrics. She's involved in many campus opportunities such as being a Prospective Student Representative, admissions committee member, CU-UNITE member, and co-president of the Education and Teaching Interest Group. Prior to medical school, Emily got a BA in Biochemistry and Spanish from Lawrence University and a Masters in Public Health- Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Emily enjoys dancing, baking, playing tennis and exploring her new Colorado home.