Med School New Year’s Resolutions

EMILY HAUSE - New Years Resolutions - KAPLANWelcome to 2014, my celebratory readers! Like many people, the end of 2013 has me reflecting on how I can approach my life a little differently at the start of the new year. That means it’s New Year’s resolution time!

Now, you may be thinking- Emily, you’re a successful med student who balances going to medical school, working, and generally being awesome- how could you possibly need to improve in the new year? Or maybe you’re thinking- thank goodness, it’s about time for Emily to work on some self-improvement- both of which actually bring me to my first resolution.

Emily’s 2014 New Years Resolutions:

1. Worry less about what people think. This is a good resolution for pretty much everyone, since most of us spend a fair amount of our day thinking about how we’re perceived by others. We put ourselves out there in different media- Facebook, Twitter, and everyday life and agonize over whether or not someone likes something we posted or said. In 2014, my goal is to rock out and be who I am with minimal worrying about the opinions of others.

2. Eat pizza only once (okay maybe twice) a week. Seriously. I have eaten more pizza in the first semester of medical school than I have in any other four-month period of my life. I have a sneaking suspicion that all of that cheese and  bread is not suuuper good for my cardiovascular system, but then again I haven’t had those med school lectures yet.

3. Pre-read before class every day. I always tell my MCAT classes that pre-reading before class is an essential component for success. It’s probably time I started taking my own advice and actually the material before I sit through the lecture.

4. Take a dance class at least once a week. Dancing makes me so happy and it’s usually the first thing I sacrifice when it comes to finding additional study-time. Time to reclaim my dancing passion and integrate it into my medical school life.

What are you resolutions for the new year?

Happy studying!

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