Hope the day has started well for you too! Netherlands is treating us with a rare sight of blue sky and sunshine until now, and because of the national holiday yesterday, we’re having a free day. This doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have tons of tasks to do and cases to study for university and emails to send for work, but I got to sleep in without an alarm and have breakfast while reading (currently reading: A fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy) so I truly can not complain.
In general I’ve been feeling a lot better lately, and while I certainly have a lot to work on still, I’ve also been able to focus a bit more on what’s really important to me. One of those things (while obviously not the only one) is obviously studying medicine. I’m also interested in just about everything else, but being a medicine student is a huge part of my life as it takes a great chunk of my time and as it is the one thing that is bringing me towards my dream. As I keep mentioning, I truly love my studies. And it’s always nice to focus on the positive, right? So that’s what I’ll be doing. I’ll finally start telling you guys a bit more about my life as a medicine student! So, to start with, this is me! A girl with messy hair, a coffee mug in my hand (very important), big smile on (most of the time), a bruise from basket ball (I have never played that sport before trying it out with my friends last week) and studying in the weirdest of places.
I will definitely keep writing about all these other random topics and I will definitely still keep my texts very honest, and that’s actually what I want to THE ME in my medicine studies-related posts as well: I’ve failed exams, I’ve struggled with assignments, I’ve needed to stay silent in class because I didn’t prepare well enough, I’ve over exhausted myself and I’ve done silly mistakes. While obviously these are not things I’m proud of, they are normal things and things that especially medicine students often don’t talk about. We live in a world where everyone is supposed to be an over achiever, and social media makes it look very easy. I’m an over achiever by heart and I can tell you it’s not easy.
So, from now on you will be hearing and seeing more about my study life, my struggles with my studies and how being a medicine student doesn’t mean that one wouldn’t have anything else in their lives (I refuse to stop being generally interested in everything, it all just comes down to prioritising). A medicine student can have and should have a social life, does not need to and should not be constantly over achieving, and also requires rest and other things in their lives to balance the demanding studies (also by the way a full disclosure – I’m very much aware that medicine is not at all the only demanding study line, just being a student in itself is demanding). So I’ll still keep thinking about random topics, still talk about mental health care, still go on my little trips (when corona allows), still share my favourite recipes and my favourite pictures, but just with a little more med student content. If that’s your cup of tea, nice, stay tuned! If you’re not interested, just skip the topics (you can actually choose a category you want to read on my blog on the side bar) you can’t bother to read.
As I keep repeating, I really like blogging as it’s one of my favourite outlets, so I’m quite excited! However, I will not be promising a certain amount of posts in a certain time, as that’s just not how I roll. But hopefully you’ll be hearing from me soon!
Have an absolutely lovely day, hugs from the Netherlands! x