Reflecting on first year….

It has now been 4 days since I received the news that I had passed first year. I am still in a bit of disbelief as I did not ever think I would pass first year on the first try. However, here we are. I am currently typing this sat outside in the glorious weather for the first time enjoying it and not revising! I have also just been offered the job as a Residential Life tutor meaning I get to look after first years as they move into their accommodation next year!

Having absolutely nothing to do now means that I have had a lot of time to think about everything that has gone on this year. I can honestly say that looking back, I WAS SO NIAVE !!

We have learnt a lot this year, the equivalent of being hit across the face with a huge textbook but despite how hard it has sometimes been, it has shown me this is where I want to be and what I want to be doing. The greatest challenges this year for me haven’t been the studying or the content, but adapting to a huge change in the way I learn and how I go about studying. You have to be on top of things here, and I only wish I had nailed my lecture note taking from the get go.

However, it has been the best year of my life. The people I have met, the things I have learnt, and the experiences have all just spurred me on! I can’t wait for second year! I am really looking forward to getting in hospital and learning from the bedside, I think that is where I am going to do well. I am a bit bored of lectures now !

I still want to pursue Neurosurgery though the field of radiology has slowly become something I am more interested in so I am going to pursue this interest to find out more about this area. I have already booked a conference for September!

This was just a quick reflection as I want to do a couple more articles on specifics so keep your eyes peeled !


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