Lesson from Hardest Cycle in Medical School

This month was a hell for me, I’m on one of the hardest cycle in medical school, studying Neuromusculosceletal. The amount of lecture is too damn high, the test was hard (harder than the usual cycle), and I have a presentation of my final research earlier this month. I woke up early and sleep late at night almost every night to study, or when I’m bored studying I am perfecting my research report.

This is my 5th semester in medical school, and sometimes I’m wondering what I’ll be doing if I choose another specialty 3 years ago, perhaps I’m running a business right now, or being a lazy college student (drinking and chasing girls). But I have a principle of, “we are an accumulation of what we do in the past”. And here we are now in this world, rich or poor, smart or dumb, respected or ignored. It’s all because of our action in the past, we do have the power to change our life, better or worst.

If I study for my test, I hope I will pass this cycle, and I have prove it in the past 15 cycle (FYI: I always pass the cycle with minimum score B-). But apart form that, there’s always a fear of failing every time I took the test, although I know I’ve learn and there’s nothing more I could do to increase my score (well, maybe there is), this fear haunt me.

But here I’m, in the beginning of a new cycle (psychiatry), waiting for the test result. From this frustrating month, I learn to manage my time, conquering my fears, and I’m ready for the next level of personal development.

About Kevin

Kevin is an Emerging Markets Research Analyst at a global macro investment firm based in Montreal, Canada. Originally trained to be a medical doctor, he found his passion in capital markets after being involved in managing portion of his family’s equity portfolio. Kevin holds Masters degree in both finance and management, has passed all levels of CFA exam, and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Professional Financial Modeller (PFM). He read voraciously and has a hobby of tinkering (read: programming) his systematic equity and volatility trading model for the “Quantimental” investment firm he founded. In his spare time, Kevin likes to travel the world and become a freelance photographer for Getty Images. To date, he has a portfolio of over 1200 pictures across 35 countries.
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