As a first year medical student, I can honestly say that this has been a bizarre start to a new chapter. As I reflect on 2020, I find it necessary to step back and take in the entirety of the turbulence. It’s crazy to think that this time last year, I was completing my post-bacc and eagerly anticipating my interview for a spot in the ND program. Today, I’m here - sitting in my living room and preparing for my second round of med school finals; many of which will be conducted online.
Being a student during COVID has been a welcome shift from the chaos of working in small business prior to this. Although there are certainly challenges inherent to the current circumstances, there are also some silver linings to find comfort in. My experience thus far has exceeded expectations; however, I find it necessary to acknowledge that this is not the case for everyone.
Some personal challenges that I have experienced as a medical student at home are as follows:
Some surprising wins that I have experienced during this time: