Whenever I talk about my life as a student with friends and family who aren’t in the medical field, I feel like no one really understands what our day to day life is really like. People either think that school is like Grey’s Anatomy or that it’s basically the same thing as undergrad.
While it is true that there are weeks when I study well over 80 hours, there are other times when I have two weeks off. It all balances out.
So, here’s what it has really been like for me:
You can have a social life!
You will miss out on things…
Your classmates will be amazing, and probably become your best friends.
You will be able to travel.
Prioritizing is KEY!
Before starting school, I even thought that all of my twenties would be devoted to studying, and there would be no time for fun. Thankfully, that is so not true! Over the past two years I have been able to travel all over the country, spend holidays with family, plan a wedding, make new friends, and explore Cleveland!
If you are thinking about going into medicine, especially podiatry school, don’t let the work load intimidate you! You will be able to squeeze some fun into your busy schedule.
School is important, but I would argue that relationships, especially with your family, are the MOST important.Prioritize the people in your life and the rest will fall into place. Whether you are thriving or struggling you need a support system!
One of the fantastic, and unique, aspects of our program is that lecture attendance is not required. The lectures are recorded so you can watch them whenever and wherever you want… it’s amazing.
So, for me, I like to mix it up. Some days I go to all my lectures, it’s nice to see your classmates and teachers, and to ask any questions you may have. On other days, I watch lectures from home!
There are pros and cons to both so I thought I would discuss the advantages of both and go through my schedule when I work from home. (I’ll do a day I go to school on another day!)
NO COMMUTE! We live about thirty minutes from school, so working from home is really nice. Sitting in traffic just feels like such a waste of time, and honestly makes me grumpy!
During study breaks I can get some cleaning, meal prepping, laundry, and now blogging done. At school, I can get caught up chatting with people, so at home I can focus on non school-related productivity.
Cooking! When I study from home, I have more time to make a nice dinner. I try to make a point of cooking dinner at least once a week and spending the evening with my husband and off the computer.
There are less distractions at home than at school! No one to chat with, no spontaneous Starbucks trips, no drama.
FRIENDS! Okay, so if you know me, you know I love to talk! Sometimes when I work from home, I don’t talk to anyone the entire day. By the time Andrew gets home I am dying for some social interaction. I enjoy going to school and keeping up with my classmates!
Going to class gives you an opportunity to be face to face with your professor. There are about 100 people in my class, an on an average day, there are probably 25 people in lecture. It can separate you from your classmates if your teacher knows your name and face.
Accountability! When I study alone I tend to make excuses for myself and slack off, because no one will know if you watched an hour of Real Housewives if you’re home alone. But, at school, some one would call you out!
Determining your own schedule can be a challenge, so, when I go to school it is all laid out for me. No need to stress about it!
My Day at Home
7:15 AM: I wake up! Scroll through instagram, make a cup of coffee, and futz around the apartment for a little while.
8:00 AM: I sit down at my desk, in my pajamas, and watch a pharmacology lecture.
10:00 AM: I finish the lecture, it was a long one! Then I fold a load of laundry, get dressed, and (just being transparent here) watch some TV. I do make sure that I actually get dressed even if I work at home, preferably in jeans, because I think it’s important to get ready to take on the day, even if you aren’t leaving the house.
11:30 AM: Okay, back at my desk. Time to watch another pharm lecture, I am almost caught up from the ones I missed studying for exams!
1:07 PM: Woohoo! Second pharm lecture done. Now it’s time for some lunch…
1:53 PM: Lunch: eaten. Kitchen: cleaned. Another load of laundry: done. Cookies eaten: 2. Now, it’s time to start some boards prep. (90 days until test day!!!)
5:00 PM: I finish up studying for the day 😊. I made some progress studying micro and biochemistry in First Aid, and then reviewed my Lower Anatomy notes from last year.
5:45 PM: Andrew texts me saying he is running late so I pour myself a glass of wine and start this podcast.
6:30 PM: Andrew arrives home and I start making dinner. Tonight we are having pork chops with a white wine sauce, it’s one of my favorites!
7:30 PM: We are done with dinner, and we clean up the kitchen. I am a messy chef, so the kitchen looks like a bomb went off.
7:30-10:00 PM: I hang out with my husband, watch some TV, and read a few chapters of this book, it is so scary!
10:00 PM: Lights out! I’ll be up early tomorrow so gotta get them zzzz’s.