Attention, First Years

Look, we get it.

Everything is so new and shiny and big and daunting and exciting and and and…

But ya’ll are on some new level of insane.

There’s really no need to be up at 5 a.m. in the first week of class just so that you can be absolutely certain that you are prepared for your 8 a.m. class in time. I assure you, an hour is all you need. You’ll be washed and fed and on your way with time to spare.

(Not that I mind having congestion-free mornings in the bathroom without a single newcomer in sight. But I have a feeling your early morning activities are not an effort to make my pre-class ritual as convenient as possible.)

There’s really no need to be in the Study Centre until 3 a.m. three days into the semester. Especially if you spent the entire afternoon and evening in there anyway. And for what? The worst you’ve learned about this week is helminths. You haven’t even started Biostatistics yet. Please stop. The seniors are laughing at you and it hurts my heart.

There’s really no need to be buying EVERY book in the ‘Suggested Resources’ section at the front of your study guides. One source on Pathology is enough, and I can assure you that those of us who have been on campus longer than a week know which is best. ASK US. We don’t bite. Often.

There’s really NO NEED to be prereading for Personal and Professional Development lectures. Not now. Some might argue not ever.

Look, I’ve been there. I was the most wide-eyed of them all. And starting University–starting medical school–is one hell of an achievement in this country. And it’s daunting and you feel small and stupid and insignificant and like you have to be prepared for anything. I remember it like it was yesterday.

But really, what you really need more than anything is a senior. Your own personal reference and guide to help you realize that you’re going to be okay, you are smart enough, you’re allowed to make some friends and go to the beach while the weather is this blissful without any feelings of guilt.

So do us all a favor and chill all the way out.

And stop hogging the printers in the computer labs by printing the whole year’s notes. What is wrong with you people?

Just kidding.

But not really.


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One response to “Attention, First Years

  1. I like this. You make a good point. They do run the risk of premature burn-out.

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