Personally, I found 2017 a great year (albeit a little tumultuous) as it had its fair share of both ups and downs. The year gave me the chance to actually implement my new year resolution (which was to stress less and spread positivity) and become more organized in the way I work.
I realized that staying organized actually creates more time for the things you love doing – for instance, I realized I had more time to dedicate to exercise and writing (both activities I enjoy). On a social front, I also feel that the friendships in my life have strengthened over the course of the year.
The highlights of my past year include reconnecting with old friends, exploring lots of restaurants in Leicester, and visiting the Nottingham Christmas market. I hope to recreate similar memories in the upcoming year as they were truly integral in making 2017 memorable.
As I just came back from my ten-day trip to India, I feel sufficiently recharged and ready to start clinical placements. Starting with a surgery outblock feels slightly intimidating, but the predominant feeling is excitement to learn and thrive in challenging situations. Transitioning from the pre-clinical phase, which is primarily lecture-based, will be a significant change, but I always remind myself that patient interactions and practical application of knowledge truly form the core of medicine.
I can’t believe how quickly 2017 has passed by. My new year resolutions for 2018 include practicing mindfulness in my daily life and emulating a more optimistic way of thinking in stressful situations. While I bid the last year goodbye with considerable nostalgia, I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store!