Originally Posted by SirGecko
Things you should do in the summer before med school:
1. How active are you? Could you be more active? Take this opportunity to get into the routine of regular exercise. Pick up regular running, try a new sport, hit the gym, go for a really long hike. (if I had had free time to do it before med school I would have tried to hike some long historic trail) Too many med students don't exercise regularly because they "don't have the time". That is bull****. You will have time you just need to set up good habits now.
2. Do you know how to cook? What do you know how to cook? Like I said above there are a few key aspects of health that busy students seem to neglect. Diet is one of them. Learn to cook a few simple healthy dishes and it should be helpful for your wallet and waistline. (not to mention a lot of long term health outcomes) Behavioral stuff is one of the most important things you can go for your health!
3. Do you smoke? Quit.
4. Do you drink? Keep it moderate.
5. Where are you going to live? Set that up. Get to know the neighborhood.
6. Play video games. Helps with hand eye coordination.
Basically you should try and get all the other aspects of living squared away this summer. That way when you start med school you are prepared to really focus on that and the rest will be on autopilot. Don't try to pre-study anything medically related. You'll just stress yourself out and there is enough time for that later.
This is really great. I'm going to learn a few dishes from my mom so I won't starve.
And on may 15 till orientation I'm going to "improve my hand-eye coordination" (i.e., play Diablo 3 for three months straight).