I know this is a frivolous thread, but I hadn't been on here for about a week because I was incredibly stressed about how horribly I must have done on our first anatomy test (to avoid any confusion here, we take the course second semester at Tufts). Well, I got it back today, and my score was not good, but was much better than I expected, and in the "acceptable" score range for the first exam. So I am very happy, and have some advice from what I learned from stressing myself out over something that should be easily correctable as long as I don't slack off: 1) To all incoming first year students, DO NOT CRAM for anatomy. I wish I had followed this advice when it was given to me by other students. 2)Get plenty of sleep and exercise and attempt to keep a normal schedule. Seems obvious to most people, but sometimes easier said than done in medical school. 3) Trust your own instincts while studying and don't just go along with the way a friend tells you to study. Sometimes it's too easy to doubt yourself while under stress, and you should try to get to a happy medium between your studying techniques and others' in order to find out what works for you. 4) If you come to med school not knowing anyone and without a sig. other, family, and/or pets, be sure to make some friends that are RELIABLE and will help you through the bad times and stress. Minimize your interactions with people who are ultra-competitive, ALWAYS distracted by their gf, bf, children, spouse, etc. when you try to talk to them or need advice or a study pal, and/or people who are incredibly insecure and needy (i.e. always asking "am I too fat, thin, ugly, etc..). I am still working on #4 unfortunately Anyway, just wanted to share some sort of good news and procrastinate a bit. Good luck to everyone taking anatomy now and who will be taking it next semester.