I started this blog as a personal blog back in my first year of med school as a way to document med school and keep in touch with some friends from undergrad who also had Tumblrs (and who had told me “livejournal isn’t cool anymore, geez”). For you archive searchers out there, know that the archives have been censored just a smidge…
I always wrote about med school because it was the only thing going on in my life, and gradually (as I learned how to tag posts) a handful of premeds and fellow med students followed me. But my blog really took off when I started my “Advice to Premeds" series early in my 4th year. It’s funny how I can give the same 10 pieces of advice over and over and over and people just eat it up.
I certainly didn’t start my blog to be an advice blog, although I do enjoy giving it. Hopefully I stay true to its original intended purpose - to talk about my experiences in medicine and talk to friends.
Well thanks buddy! Hope Step 1 turns out great for you!
(2/2) My interest in medicine has been restored lately, and I have been doing research on medical school and being a doctor. Trust me, reading about medical school (the good AND the bad) gets me way more excited than reading about being a lawyer or being in business like I’ve also considered. Blogs like yours have been a great tool in my research, and your funny posts remind me not to take things TOO seriously (; So thank you so much for what you do! (:
Wow, thank you! Glad I could be an encouragement.
And don’t stress out too much about not knowing what you want to major in. You still have a while before you have to decide. My suggestion, which I’ve said before I’m sure, is to look at your school’s course catalog, circle all the classes you’re interested in taking, and then the major that has the most classes circled is probably the one you should pick. You’d be surprised what comes up. I almost switched my major to English ;).
Whoa, such flattery!
Seriously, stop that. For all you know I could be some guy sitting in a beanbag chair in his underwear eating cheetos, watching porn, and writing a blog. I mean, I’m not, but I could be. I wouldn’t consider myself an awesome Christian or a great medical student at this point in my life. The more you learn, the more you realize your shortcomings and see what you have room to improve on. And trust me, I have lots to improve on.
Anyway, as for Bible studies, I’ve done a ton of different things. I’ve done super intense hour and a half a day studies (Beth Moore is my jam, but she’s wordy), and I’ve done stuff as short as just reading one subject heading a day in my Bible. Right now I’m working on reading the Bible through in a year. I’m in Leviticus, so it’s pretty tedious right now. This chick does not do well with all the rules. I’m reading the laws and thinking “come ooon GRACE!” But I have an app (YouVersion) on my phone that keeps track of my reading progress and sends me a reminder every morning to read.
There have been long periods of time where I didn’t keep up with reading my Bible daily, and it definitely shows in my attitude, my thoughts, and my actions.
I don’t really have a particular study to recommend to you, friend. Usually when I’m stuck and need something to study I’ll pick a topic I’m interested in and do a word study or something. The important thing is that you’re reading. Even if it’s not much, it’s something, and it will benefit you all the same. There will definitely be days where you don’t get much out of what you read, but that material will stick with you and come to mind when you need it later.
I would also suggest maybe finding an accountability parter/mentor/friend (hopefully someone who is just as busy as you or understands your schedule) who you can do a Bible study with or who can encourage you to read every day. I did that my first 2 years of med school, and it helped me a lot.
Oh, and don’t worry about the nonbelievers around you. They’ll always be there, regardless of what field you work in. Be open to their questions and even their challenges (you might learn something!), and use their disbelief to encourage you on in your own study and walk with the Lord.
Hey, glad I could help!