By berrysmotivation - August 28, 2017

I am so excited to do this post. On youtube and many platforms for bloggers and vloggers, this post is trending because as we all know September is here already. It took me a while to decide on what angle I was going to take and then I realised a huge percentage of people who read my blog posts are students and I often get questions on how to go through medical school and what path to take.
If you are still in medical school or just about to start, then you are reading the right post.
What are those things to put into consideration as you are about to start a new session.

1. Have a plan: For some, it may still seem very early to start planning and for others, graduation is too far away. Now is the best time to make a plan regardless. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What country do I want to practise after graduation. 
  • Are there exams to write. 
  • When is the best time to start preparing for the exams,
  • How long  and how much would it take me to prepare for the exams.
  • Do I  need certain documents from my university? These questions would certainly guide you in making a plan.
Having a plan would save you the stress of being confused after graduation.

2. Save up: So many people have had to go to medical school in countries where they do not want to end up living.You would need to take some exams to practise in a country where you didn't get your medical degree from and most of the exams require good funding. Now is the best time to save as you still have the advantage of getting pocket money from your parents. Know how much your exams cost and see how much you can save up before graduation. No matter how little the amount may be it would definitely be handy when you need it.

3. Get those grades up: Its a new session, perhaps your grades last session didn't turn out as you wanted or it turned out well, its time to get those grades up anyway. Create a study plan, speak to your supervisors to see how they can be of help, become friends with people who can help get those grades up.

4. Sign up for conferences: This I find very useful and its a win win. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn from the conferences but you also get the opportunity to travel to a different country. Depends on what passport you have and what countries you can visit without a visa, those who do not have the opportunity to go to certain countries without a visa, the best time to apply for a visa is when you are a student, because you have everything to show that you are studying and you will return to your studies. However this may be, use the opportunity wisely and it would help your CV when you apply for jobs in the future.

5. Be mentally prepared.  Being mentally prepared would help you kick off a new session with a great boost of energy. Often times people get stuck at the beginning or in the middle of a session because they weren't fully ready. Speak to seniors, find out what the next class is all about, find out what study materials you need, you can buy off people who just graduated. Be ready.

6. Sort out everything else: Before the new class starts, be sure to sort our your finances, accommodation, health etc. You do not want to start off being mentally, physically, financially, socially unstable. All these can affect you and your grades. Try not to carry misunderstandings with friends from the previous session to the new one. Let bygones be bygones and be ready to start on a clean slate.
Good luck everyone. Education is key. Do not take it for granted.


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