Friday, June 7, 2013

The end of first year dental school- on resilience

I can’t stop smiling this morning because we are completely done with our first year of dental school! A quarter of our way to becoming dentists!!! This year was crazy: I learned just how sensitive I am to criticism, how much stress can wreck me, and despite it all, how excited I am to be on this career track.

Something a classmate said yesterday really stuck out to me. A professor had just said, “oh, it gets harder next year” or something to that effect. He replied: “Yeah, but I’ll be a better man next year.”

What do you think? I have been repeating this story to everyone because this is exactly what I hope to do with this summer. Next year may not be necessarily easier but I want to take this summer to become stronger, not just physically but also mentally, emotionally, spiritually!!!


I’m hoping that next year whatever hits me, I will be able to better deal with it. It’s the same belief Sharon talked about, that even if something were to happen she was confident she could handle it.

And to put things into perspective, after getting really upset at school Wednesday afternoon, I got home to receive this month’s issue of Runner’s World with feature stories on this year’s Boston Marathon attacks and got a picture message from Laura- she’d been in a huge car accident on the freeway and despite her car being totaled was thankfully okay. Actually all of my college girlfriends have been going through some rough things lately… It’s a wave of group messages to my phone 24/7.


For now, I’m enjoying this end of my first year of dental school & not checking my phone/email/blog 24/7. And cleaning out my computer with this year’s school stuff. So many PDF’s, so many Excel spreadsheets!


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  2. Congrats on finishing your 1st year of dental school! Only three more to go!

    1. "Only" three more-haha. Next year's going to be challenging. But bring it on.

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