So, I am in my Junior Year of college which is crazy to think about I still feel as if I just started college yesterday! Time sure has flown, but the further I get into my Pre-Med Studies the harder it gets and the more stress that comes along with that. My classes are getting harder and my social life is slowly fading. It is hard on me because I don’t get to see my family much and they don’t understand how much time I have to put into my studies and I also do not get to spend as much time with my girlfriend and it is hard on me and her. The only people who understand are people who are studying to be a physician. My friend Matt Godwin who is a senior here and studying to be a doctor posted this and it truly explained it very well. He said,
“The decision to become a physician is not an easy one. Those of us who make that decision must make many sacrifices for we are doing something that is greater than any one individual. We sacrifice our time, our energy, and our relationships all for the greater good. It is my sincere hope that all of my friends and family understand that I love each and every one of you very dearly and that I would give anything to be able to spend more time with you.”
This is honestly the truth. He is further along in his studies than I am and has much harder classes than I, but it is still the same we have to give up so many things to be able to focus and hopefully fulfill our dreams. I found a quote yesterday that really helped it said,
” It’s not what you are willing to do that will make you successful. It’s what are you willing to do without until you get there.”
I have many friends who are studying to be doctors and they give up precious time with their kids and loved ones because it is so time consuming and stressful. I know I am rambling but I am trying to let everyone know that I want to spend time with everyone but I also have to focus and study every day, and there will be things I have to sacrifice to get where I dream of getting to and that is medical school. I especially want my friends, family and girlfriend to understand this and that I am not just avoiding them. The stress that comes with it also is exceedingly great and I have to keep the stress levels down because it is definitely not good on my Crohn’s.
This post is just my sincerest thoughts and explanations to everyone to try and make them understand some of the things that we go through to try and become physicians to help people one day. I hope you all will stick with me on this journey in my life and the ups and the downs I will go through over the next few years. I am making tough decisions right now and giving up things that really mean a lot to me but that I just can’t do because school is so time consuming. So this is just a post about what is going on and why I can’t spend more time with everyone! I have a genetics test today and a chemistry test thursday so please be in prayer that I do well 🙂