Friday, August 24, 2012

What dental/med school will feel like

I have been formally inducted to the family of Penn SDM with our white coat ceremony this Monday.


Meanwhile, my dear friend Enstin who promises her blog will not turn in to a med school blog posted this gem on Pigeons & Loquats. I had to share it with you!

My dear friend bchan is a 4th year med student and has been a wonderful guide so far in this journey, a few steps ahead of me and always sharing her experiences and expressing her thoughts on her path in the medical profession so far. She is so talented, involved (she also writes for HealthTap University and imedicalapps), and a genuine person!

me: i feel like i’m about to go on a roller coaster ride i won’t get off
until like retirement

BChan: yeah
you are
but it’s a fun roller coaster. sometimes.
and sometimes you’re going upside down and you feel like you’re going to fall to your death
but the seatbelts keep you in.
you’ll be ok
you won’t like everything
and sometimes you’ll wonder why the hell you even went
but in the end i think it turns out ok

In one of our orientation talks, the speaker suggested that we “find out giant and climb up”. In speaking with the D2 crew heads and my big sibling (here at Penn we all get one!) I have to agree. Any strange combination of emotions I’ve felt, people before me have felt similar things- or can at least understand why I’m having such feelings.

I spoke about unraveling the different reasons for fear of dentists before. I’m a different vegetable soup of emotions this week and I’ve been trying to point out the tangle of emotions. It’s a delicate mixture of excitement and worries and paranoia, pessimism, self doubt, confusion and disorientation.

Our orientation is officially over. We learned everyone’s names, got certified in CPR, set up our emails and became facebook friends. And next Monday will be my first day of dental school. First day of dental school! I’m in dental school. (That feels weird to say out loud.) I’m a dental student- one of those fortunate ones who made it past the admissions. I was so envious of me when I attended interviews last fall.


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