1. How busy is your schedule as an M1? Have you had ample time for research/hobbies?
2. Related: How difficult is it to find research relevant to your specialty of interest.
3. How close is your class? Do you all study together/share notes etc.
4. How do most people go about finding housing?
5. Favorite thing about GW so far? Least favorite?
1) The schedule is very very busy. Since we have a condensed preclinical curriculum, I find that I am staying busy with studying and keeping up with material. With that said, for me, it's not too busy to the point that I can't participate in other things. I am happily enjoying conducting research (benchtop), being involved in clubs, and about to start IM volleyball. Having time to put toward other things really depends on what your personal capabilities are and what expectations you have for yourself and the medical school experience. I know people who just make med school their only focus and others that dedicate just enough time to it so that they do well, then use what's ever left to pursue other things.
2) If you are a med student, people want to do research with you. Depending on what specific field you are interested in, it can be hit or miss with doing research with specific investigators. I was able to establish a relationship with my mentor very quickly. If something you are looking for is very niche, then it may take a bit longer.
3) My class is very social and for the most part, we are close. You'll see that students will break out into their smaller groups, but in general everyone here is very collaborative. We actually have a test tomorrow and everyone is posting their study guides on our FB group. Our social chairs do a great job of scheduling outings. We kind of have a reputation too of being a fun class. Can't guarantee that future classes will be as close, but it seems like admissions knows what its doing when they're building a cohort
4) craiglist is your friend. some find roommates online within the FB group, but ultimately will use mr. Craig to find rentals. Zillow worsk too (that's what I used)
5) Favorite thing is definitely my class and the relationships I have with the administration and faculty. I wake up everyday excited to learn medicine and so far have not experienced overwhelming stress. Least favorite would be the facilities. Its a bit aged and the library can use some updates.