Believe it or not, I’ve got two years of med school under my belt. Only two more to go! It might not seem like much of an accomplishment to an outsider, but believe me, it really is. A lot of people never make it this far, and I feel truly blessed to be in my shoes.
After taking my last final, I was talking with a few friends of mine, and we started talking about what we would do differently if we could go back and start med school all over again. At first I didn’t think I would do anything differently, but the more I think about it, there is one thing that I would do different. I would spend even more time with my husband.
Medical school has been challenging for me in so many ways, but the strain it has put on my marriage probably makes the top of the list. I like to think I did a pretty good job of balancing school and married life, but I know I could have done better. There were a lot of nights I could have studied a few hours less and spent that time with my husband, and I probably still would have gotten the same grades and done just as well in the long run.
But the fact is, I can’t change it. Things happened the way they happened. All I can do is learn from these past two years and try to do better in the future. Last weekend I had a lot of studying to do for my last block exam and final, but Nick asked if I would spend Friday night with him. So he built a giant blanket fort in our bedroom. We spent the evening eating junk food and watching movies. We even drove out to the lake to look at the stars. It was a really fun time, and it is a memory that I will never forget.
I would not have gotten this far without my husband’s love and support, and I am truly grateful that he has stuck with me through these first two years of med school. I hope I can continue to get better at putting down the books and making time for him. Especially now, as we are adding a new member to our family, I would hate to miss out on more “blanket fort moments” because I am too caught up in my career.
If I could go back and change something, I definitely wouldn’t change the fact that I am married in med school!