It was a crazy, frenetic dash to the end, but I can finally say it:
I’m done with fall semester of second year!
Ah, that feels so good to say. I suppose that I am now 3/8th of an OD. Looking at it another way, the letters added to the end of my name would be an O, minus a quarter. Virgilio Gozum, Pac-Man? I’ll take it.
Coincidentally, this was me during Finals Week. I could not stop eating everything in sight.
Still, I can’t believe that this semester is over already. Like with first year, it flew by. I also can’t believe that at the end of next semester, I’m halfway there.
So, how do I recap this fall semester in a nutshell? If I could choose two words for it, it would be “organized chaos.” There was so much to do each week, but yet, it seemed manageable most of the time. It was tough, though, make no mistake. The material in the classes was much harder. As second years, we absorbed more responsibilities, such as going to school screenings, central testing in the Eye Center, etc. Also, life was all about balancing studying, practicing new (and much more complex!) skills in the lab, social life, extracurriculars. Sometimes (well, no, often) that balance was really hard to find.
But through it all, I can say that I certainly enjoyed this semester much more than the first two. The increased responsibility isn’t something to be shirked; rather, it should be enjoyed. After all, one day we will have full responsibility for our patients! If we don’t appreciate those responsibilities now, how can we in the future? Furthermore I enjoyed what we learned in class and lab, as much of what was taught will be very important in the future. So, while this semester was much more difficult, I feel like it just went much better for me. I’m in the groove, man.
This time, like all others thus far in my life, is a very exciting series of moments. I have learned much. But, there is still an incredible amount to learn, and I look forward to it. But for now, I’m going to enjoy being done for a little while! Happy holidays to you all, and Merry early Christmas! I’ll check back in with you in 2013!