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Last 1 mo before starting med school

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by psswrd, Jan 14, 2014.

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1 month before med school. What did you do? (What do you plan on doing?)

  1. Travel and have fun

    23 vote(s)
    42.6%
  2. Chill at home, read books, enjoy time with friends

    15 vote(s)
    27.8%
  3. Work/research or pre-studying

    3 vote(s)
    5.6%
  4. Work/save money

    5 vote(s)
    9.3%
  5. Move near school early on, get ready

    8 vote(s)
    14.8%
  6. Other: explain below

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. psswrd

    psswrd

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  3. mcloaf

    mcloaf 5+ Year Member

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    I took a road trip across the country and backpacked in national parks for several weeks. Honestly unless you have a family to support or some other compelling reason to be productive you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't take advantage of this time to have fun before the grind begins.
     
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  4. AquiVoy13

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    I currently plan on working/saving up$$.... but I hope that falls through and I just end up chillin' ;)
     
  5. Shjanzey

    Shjanzey 5+ Year Member

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    I plan on finishing my First Aid notations and doing a final fourth pass before sitting for Step I. Getting ahead of the curve is very important to me!
     
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  6. darkjedi

    darkjedi how did this get here I am not good with computer 7+ Year Member

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    I biked 700 miles up the Californian coast, camping along the way. It was awesome.

    Do something neat and that might require a good amount of time, since it's much harder to fit in several weeks to do whatever once you're in med school.
     
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  7. aishtr1295

    aishtr1295 2+ Year Member

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    I'm doing a 3 week medical Spanish course in Argentina and doing a 4 week backpacking trip in South America.
     
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  8. SN12357

    SN12357 2+ Year Member

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    I voted for the 'chill at home' option but just because I'm planning on doing my traveling...the month before.

    I have worked my ass off working full time and doing a post-bacc the last three years and I have piled up enough money to take several months off with absolutely no responsibilities. Gonna be AWESOME.
     
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  9. lovemango

    lovemango Wreck 'Em Bronze Donor 5+ Year Member

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    I took a 2 week trip to South Korea for fun with my boyfriend and came back at the end of May. Still had plenty of time to look for housing since my school didn't start until late August.
     
  10. iceman55

    iceman55 7+ Year Member

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    Going to brazil for WORLD CUP 2014!!
     
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  11. QuantumJ

    QuantumJ Cryogenics Expert 2+ Year Member

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    Sadly I'm probably going to have to work as much as possible (including finding a job to begin with) so I can get some money to move, deposit, etc.
     
  12. psswrd

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  13. Mad Jack

    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    I'll be backpacking somewhere in Asia. Probably Japan, but who knows. I hear Cambodia and Vietnam are the hot places to be right about now, so maybe I'll go a little more off the beaten path.
     
  14. Boolean

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    Sleep. It'll be your last chance for the next few years.
     
  15. mcloaf

    mcloaf 5+ Year Member

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    This isn't really a question anybody can answer for you ahead of time because it's so subjective. I'm having a pretty good time in preclinicals so far, but I have classmates who hate it and are just killing time until 3rd year. Not sure if there's anyway to know which you'll be ahead of time.
     
  16. sinombre

    sinombre 5+ Year Member

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    Eh there's lots of time to sleep in the first two years once you learn how to manage your time.
     
  17. TheWeeIceMan

    TheWeeIceMan And like that... *poof*... he's gone. 7+ Year Member

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    What to do in your last month before med school?

    Pepper your angus
     
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  18. Boolean

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    While this may be a joke, knowing how to cook decent food on a budget is probably a good skill to have entering medical school.
     
  19. Mad Jack

    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    Oh, if you're peppering steak, you've got the wrong angus.
     
  20. Shjanzey

    Shjanzey 5+ Year Member

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    Be on the lookout for a wild collapsing stadium
     
  21. VisceralFlame

    VisceralFlame Pediatric Resident 2+ Year Member

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    I ended up relaxing before med school started and it was wonderful. I have some cash left over from financial aid now and I feel like making a bad decision with it this summer lol. Going to do a bunch of traveling for sure
     
  22. Espadaleader

    Espadaleader 7+ Year Member

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    A good cruise is an affordable option. I would not go into consumer debt before medical school because those payments are not included in COA
     
  23. Mad Jack

    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    Oh, that reminds me. Do your best to pay down any non-student loan debt you've got before you start. It'll make your life a lot easier.

    Cashing out my paltry pension to pay off my car in full. That's 250 bucks a month extra in my pocket during med school.
     
  24. DrCharlemagne

    DrCharlemagne Old Maid in Training 7+ Year Member

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    I kind of hate not working, so I thought about jettisoning my high stress/decent pay job for a goofy internship at a science museum or something. I'm also doing a dance camp weekend in the boonies in July, since I have no idea when I'll be able to attend classes again.
     
  25. aishtr1295

    aishtr1295 2+ Year Member

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    My South America trip is going to get me broke too. I spent all my savings on my 1 year abroad gap year last year and applying to medical schools. I'm working in a lab for a year while applying and saving up for the trip. I figure having some extra money while in school is going to be nice but I won't have another chance to go on a trip like this in a long time. To me, it's worth. To others, maybe not. It's really up to you and what you prioritize.
     
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  27. VisceralFlame

    VisceralFlame Pediatric Resident 2+ Year Member

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    Not to be the devil on your shoulder, but you should go for the trip! You only live once and your free summers will be coming to an end in the near future. At least that's how I'm justifying my trip this summer between 1st and 2nd year lol
     
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  29. TheShaker

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    I'm actually debating this right now. I can either quit work a month early and go home to spend time with my family or try to squeeze out as much income as possible.
     
  30. VisceralFlame

    VisceralFlame Pediatric Resident 2+ Year Member

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    Spend the month with your family. You'll be happy you did
     
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