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31. Play Stimulating Games:
It’s amazing how overcoming small challenges, even virtual ones, can motivate us to face real life situations.
In a particular semester in medical school, I became almost addicted to “Candy Crush” and jokingly told myself that if I could beat a certain level in the game, no subject was too difficult for me to handle. Amazingly, I went on to have some of my best results that semester.
Thankfully, there are a variety of medical games that not only help students to unwind, but also improve medical knowledge remarkably.
It’s also possible for you and your friends, to make up random games on the go, for instance, naming medical conditions that start with letter A or try to play Scrabble with the medical dictionary as a guide or have an Anatomy Challenge, where you only speak in anatomically terms for a whole day. I can bet it’ll be fun.
32. Stay Focused:
No matter what happens around you, don’t lose your primary focus for being in medical school- LEARNING!
It is easy to get distracted by other things, social media for instance, but most of these distractions are avoidable.
The rule of thumb is, if something can wait, let it wait. It takes a lot of discipline to achieve that, but soon it becomes a habit.
Distractions are like leaking holes in a pipe, too many of them will jeopardize your journey in the long run; so you must be wary.
It’s important to remind yourself each day about your Priorities/Goals and a good way to achieve that is to create a personalized Vision Board.
Recommended: Making Vision Boards Work For You (Terri Savelle Foy)
Also Read: How to avoid distractions in College
33. Ask questions:
“Nothing is more powerful as a tool of for learning, than asking questions.”- Myles Munroe.
Asking questions, especially from those who have gone ahead, provides you with more opportunities to learn even outside the classroom. The wells of experience from senior colleagues will not only equip you with the courage to face some of your worst fears but also the wisdom to avoid some costly mistakes.
There are enough answers if only you ask the right questions – REQUINE.
So quit trying to figure out everything on your own. Just ask away!
34. Aim for excellent grades:
While getting good grades isn’t all there is to medical school, it certainly helps to boost your morale when you find out that you got an A in the Genetics exam, or your name was on the dean’s list four semesters in a row with a scholarship to complete your studies.
Getting an AWARD for your hardwork definitely motivates you to do more!
35. Enjoy the Learning process:
Remember how eager you were to know the alphabets and engage in other learning activities as a pre-school toddler?
Like most kids that age, learning was fun. Unfortunately, many students lose that excitement as they get older. If all you think of is how to graduate from medical school, you won’t get the best out of it.
To have a fulfilling career, you need to cultivate the habit of enjoying the learning process. Doctors are life-long learners!
Be an active learner by applying something you’re taught in your interactions/activities each day. Let your knowledge be an investment into the future, generations will thank you for it.
Also Read: 7 Strategies For Studying In Medical School
36. Think Medicine, Think Prestige:
We all know that Medicine as a career, is both prestigious and lucrative. Here’s what one medical doctor says, “The associated prestige from non-medics was pretty cool that I didn’t wanna lose that.”
Perhaps among your childhood friends/immediate family, you’re the first to get into med school. Think of all those looking upto you and how much value you will add to the society.
37. Believe you can make a difference:
Have you ever asked yourself if you can make any real difference in the field of Medicine? The truth is, you can.
Think of the hundreds/thousands of patients (and their relatives) that’ll come your way in the course of your career, and if you’re more inclined to research, imagine the groundbreaking discoveries you can make in Medicine. Also think of how you can inspire the next generation positively whether in the classroom or on the ward.
38. Financial Sacrifices And Future Remuneration:
Think of medical school as an investment. Most people put in lots of money whether through student loans, scholarships, personal savings or family support into financing their medical education. In most countries, medical education is more expensive than the average college degree, so you don’t want all the money spent to be a waste. The good thing though is that you are likely going to be overcompensated for every penny you put in.
39. Don’t Quit:
“Dropping out of medical school, means you’re going to start all over, whatever else you choose to do.” says one Doctor. While quitting isn’t always a negative thing to do, the thought of losing all the time/energy you put into medical school can be really frustrating. So why not take the bull by the horns and keep at it?
40. Take it one step at a time:
One of my top secrets of passing through medical school with minimal emotional breakdown was learning to take each moment/challenge one step after the other. Before I knew it I was counting the Months/Weeks/Days to my finals. There were lots of giants to slay along the way, tests, exams and more, but knowing that one step in the right direction will take me closer to my goal, I was motivated me to keep moving. In the end, the journey was so worth it!
More tips to stay motivated through med school? Please share.