YOU WILL MAKE MISTAKES
When I look back, it is my mistakes that taught me the most. Best piece of advice to give is to accept your mistakes and really learn from them. Everyone always says that they learn from their mistakes but learning from them does not just mean remembering that you made a mistake. An important part of learning from your mistakes is understanding why the mistake happened and what you can do to prevent it from happening again.
LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
You dont realize it now but this is the best time to learn. When you are older you will have more responsibilities and not have as much time to devote to learning. When I look back I wish I could go back to being an undergrad student whose only responsibility was to do well in school. The better your base knowledge is, the easier it will be to learn more.
HAVE FUN WHEN YOU CAN
My family always tells me that I do not enjoy my life and that life is too short to not enjoy. Even though it is important to work really hard and try and do well it is also really important to have fun when you can. This does not mean try to have as much fun as possible the week before your final exams but when you do have the time to take a break, actually take a break.
LOOK UP SOMETHING WHEN YOU DO NOT KNOW IT
You will meet people from all walks of life who have had experiences very different and sometimes very similar to yours. You can learn so much from these people because they know things that you may not know. If you come across something you do not know, just look it up so that the next time you do hear about it, you can add more information to your knowledge base.
Most importantly take chances on yourself because there are only really a handful of people who would take a chance on you. So make sure that you give yourself the chance to follow your dreams because if you dont, then who will? There is risk in almost everything that you dogging to college is risky, trying to be a premed is risky, getting out of bed is risky. If you think that medicine is what you absolutely want to do then the risk of not making it should not deter you from trying.
This article was published in the July/August 2016 Digital Edition.