I suppose it is appropriate to share the good news on Thanksgiving, even though we do not really celebrate the holiday in South Africa: I passed my third year final examinations.
If you have been following this blog, you will know that I started the year with the will to be a “better student” and it did not always work out too well. Third year ended up being a little tougher than expected. Regardless, I am thankful that I get to enjoy my short summer holiday without studying for a rewrite, and I am thankful for the myriad of people who have supported me throughout this year.
When on holiday (or procrastinating), I like to pretend that med school hasn’t swallowed up all of my creativity. This was the product of my recent dip:
I am thankful for all those who stood by me and told me that no, I wasn’t an idiot.
And I am thankful that the first three years of med school are over.
Now, on to the next three.
Congratulations. Celebrate every step of the way, and remember that there are a lot of people around you who also fear that they’re idiots. I’m in my sixth year of training, and I still often worry that I’m not smart enough to be doing this.