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Nothing to Do

Anthony_4 Anthony Rudine -- Well, the semester is finally over. I took my last test for the fall on Wednesday – the Microbiology and Immunology NBME. It was tough, but it is over. Alas, I have become free for yet another 2 weeks of complete relaxation.

Well, sort of.

It is during the times when school does not exist that I try and reenter the world of a non-medical student. I will see old friends, in the workplace by now, and briefly adapt to their schedule, and my own of maximizing relaxation.

I have heard comments lately regarding USMLE Step I. Are you going to study over Christmas? What are you going to study? Do you have a schedule made out yet?

No, I will not study over Christmas, I will not be studying anything, and I will be making no such schedule that deals with medicine in any way.

I think it is difficult for some people, especially med students, to understand that when I say I am going to do nothing – that is literally what I mean. I will be sitting on the couch, watching movies, going out to eat, and hanging out with family and friends.

I must say, this past semester was certainly not the easiest for me to complete. Sure, I passed everything, but I think my burnout came a little too soon this time – around August.

I think a lot of people have a hard time with breaks, whether they admit it or not. Med students become so adapted to the environment of ‘study all the time’ that when there is nothing to study, there is nothing to do. In my case, when there is nothing to do, I just do nothing. I don’t find something to do; it's just not my style.

At this point in my ‘career,’ I am so excited about the prospect of the clinical years that it is difficult to contain. The book work gets me down, but in only 7 months, I shall enter the world of the hospital for the remainder of my life.

December 17, 2005 | Permalink


uh... micro... uh... Congrats for you! I understand you`ll do nothing. I wish... I wish... I wish...

Posted by: Sara | Dec 19, 2005 3:06:57 PM

Doing nothing is so wonderful! Although, my nothing consists of cleaning the apartment, Christmas shopping and baking lots of cookies! But as long as it is not studying, it qualifies as nothing, and that is wonderful. Enjoy your break!

Posted by: Jaime | Dec 20, 2005 1:10:11 PM

I'm glad to know I wont be the only one who is completely relaxing over Christmas :)

Posted by: Jamie | Dec 21, 2005 9:25:05 AM

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