I am a first year struggling with feelings of isolation. I knew coming in that long hours of hard work and studying would be expected of me as a medical student, but what has hit me hard now that I'm here is the feeling of isolation I get while I'm doing it. I have asked around to see if people are interested in forming study groups, but it seems that either I am not asking the right people, or that medical students in general are just recluses at heart (or maybe nobody likes me ). It is affecting me to the point that my studying is suffering. I am an extrovert and I would like to hear from people (a) what you do to combat loneliness in medical school and (b) if there is anybody out there feeling like I am. I get that I am making a sacrifice for my career, but its to the point where I no longer feel like I am "working hard, playing hard." Its more like work hard, have a little bit of fun, rinse and repeat. Any thoughts?