I'm halfway through the first week. It's been a rockin' start. Classes start at 8:00 am and run until 4-5pm (except Tuesday, when we leave at 6:00). BCMS is easing us in. The only uber-demanding course is the biochem, which, thus far, has been all review for me. Hee. The small-groups meet first for 3 hours and work on the assigned problem sets covering the previous day's material. Then we all gather for the new 2 hour lecture.
I've always been an independent learner. Usually when I 'study' with other students, it's more distracting than constructive. I've always performed well on exams after solitary study- not so much when I've had study-partners. That said, the small-group format here has really impressed me. We've had 2 sessions thus far and I really feel like I understood the material so much better afterwards.
I'm officially a medical student! Sometimes that thought just trips across my mind and I can't help but grin. I'm really happy.
Some of my classmates are awesome and some haven't made such a good impression. I'm trying to not be judgmental.
All of the opportunities are overwhelming. We've already been introduced to so many, I can't keep them straight. I'm giving myself until the end of the month to acclimate to the academics and then I need to start planning the next four years. Research? International Study? Honors program? Interest groups?
Over the last few months, I had explored different study/organization options and settled, hesitantly, on an ipad. It's totally worth the insane amount of money! I'm not the most tech savvy individual (I'd always been a paper and pen note-taker) but my transition has essentially been seamless. Every day, Dr. __p____, my BC professor alone posts over 60 pages of slides/notes/objectives. Multiply that by all the classes of an MS1 and you'll get aching shoulders. With, i-annotate (an application) I can organize, write notes with a stylus, type etc over any file format (that I'm aware of). Sliding a tiny 1.5lb sliver of brilliance into my bag totally beats lugging around 50+lbs of books/binders. I wish I had had one as an undergrad; my back would be healthier.
Oh and the cat killed another herb, the chives. Only a few seeds had sprouted but I babied the group for weeks, hoping that they'd proliferate. She pulled them all out by their roots and left them scattered across the hardwood floor. That's 2/6 of my herb window garden gone. Bah.