For those of you that are entering medical school this fall, congrats! Now the real work begins. You will have more than enough to keep you busy so I will give you the best advice that you can't find in any First Aid series... Do not date your classmate! This would be a great mistake. I know because I did engage in a brief relationship with a classmate. She was a great, friendly, brilliant woman when we were "getting to know each other". My class found great joy in treating our relationship like their own personal soap opera so you readers are probably guessing that they helped screw it all up. Simple lunches with my female study partners turned into cheating... along with other idiotic fabrications. This goes on all during Medical Physiology and Neuroanatomy. It is amazing that I could focus long enough to get out of first year with some respectable grades. But, I guarantee that some of my sanity is left behind while trying to smooth out a dying relationship and relating the Spinothalamic pathway. Well, youre wondering how things turned out. Even though i have expressed my profound wishes to remain friends, my former mate does not speak to me and neither do her friends. My study partners and friends in the class have divided into their own warring factions and do not really speak either. So, very little medicine can be learned in a high stress situation like this. Do not...I repeat...do not engage in any type of relationship(other than friendship with a classmate) with a classmate. It is not worth it no matter how incredibly beautiful and intellectual they are. If you must date in your med school, date an upperclassman. You won't have to look at them everyday...EVERYDAY! in case things do go sour. Once again, congrats to the entering class of 2004...you only have 4 years to determine the rest of your life...a relationship will be there...Good luck and God bless!