Hi there! I started medical school a couple weeks ago (ah!). When I initially received my admissions offer I was conflicted, accepting would mean giving up my current lifestyle. I had a stable job, very close friends (and I normally don't have any friends!), and lived in a place I loved. Overall, I was happy. I decided to go for medical school, but now find myself regretting this decision. Not because I am not interested in medicine, but because I miss where I was... being happy. Any advice?
Hi there, anon!
I took a year off before going to med school and I had the same feelings off and on at the start. It’s a big transition coming back to school after working. And it’s okay to miss things!
A lot of it is about giving yourself permission to miss your old life, but also reminding yourself that there are MANY good things about what you’re doing now, and how things will be worth it. You’ve made it to med school, which is an achievement of a lifetime for many people. You are in a privileged position to learn how to extend life, prevent/delay death, and give people health. Or at least have the skills to do it (people will do what they want to do, hehe). The responsibility and pride your future self will have in exchange for your past self is a major sacrifice. It’s okay to mourn it. Just remind yourself that there is still a lot of good that is happening right now, and more to come!