It’s that time of year again: the leaves are falling, temperature is dropping, scarves and jackets are out, fall is truly in the air! In one of the most beautiful times of the year, I see students scrambling to get to the library with backpacks the size of bowling balls. I see the panic in their eyes, the stress levels shooting up into the clear sky.
I see the plague spreading everywhere, which can only mean that midterms week is here.
So many students are affected by this “plague”, of feeling pressured and having too much on their plate, sometimes leading them to question whether pre-med is truly for them. Pre-med students become so caught up with studies and extracurriculars that they do not realize that they are impairing their health in the process. Academics may be costing us our health. We sacrifice our sleep and often times our social lives in hopes of getting into medical school someday. 24 hours in a day is simply not enough. Maybe it is for Superman, but definitely not for a pre-med student.
So how can one cope with all the stress and maintain his or her wellbeing?
Planning everything out
Time management is extremely important! Investing in a planner really helps to physically see when you have time to study and planning a study schedule in between classes and/or extracurriculars.
Balance is key
This means figuring out how much you can handle in a semester in terms of classes and activities outside of school. You do not want to overload yourself; it is better to take on less and exceed, then to have so much on your plate that you don’t do so well. It is also very important to find time for yourself, whether that be working out, treating yourself to an episode of a show (yes, I’m talking to all you #TGIT fans), or spending time with family and friends on the weekends. We all need to have our “me” time.
Don’t be a worrier, be a warrior
Everything will fall into place, but we need to live in the now. Take things one step at a time. School should not be a burden, so enjoy all of your classes and everything that you do. In fact, studies have shown that being calm and relaxed about classes leads to better performance on exams.
Lastly, take care of yourself
Make sure you are eating on time and getting enough sleep, even if that means taking naps during the day or going to bed early (I know, this may be a shocker). Last thing you want is to be sick and sniffling during the midterm craze!