It has been a month since the whole drama about studying medicine in Poland hit the news.
At this point, I am at peace with myself. No regrets, no hard feelings of any kind. One could not have foreseen the uncertainty hiding around the next corner.
In order to not drive myself crazy, I had to change my mindset.
Studying medicine is like running a marathon. I can’t run the first 10 km while thinking about the other 32. First things first. In other words, I must focus on the first 10 km of the race – or the first 2 years of studies.
Starting medicine this fall in Poland will be the only way to figure out whether or not it is something for me. Not that I doubt it but one can never know for sure beforehand.
Furthermore, I will be in a better position to recalculate my possibilities in 6-8 months from now. In case the odds of succeeding with a diploma from the Medical University of Gdansk do not speak for themselves I will reapply to Semmelweis University next year.
Back in March when I took the entrance exam to Semmelweis there was a couple of applicants who were in their first year of medicine in Poznan, Poland. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to them. They were accepted and they are moving to Hungary this fall even though they must start from scratch again.
What I am trying to say is that I am going into this with an open mind. The fewer expectations I have the better I will do. My very first goal is to survive the damn first year. What comes after, I will have to figure out along the way.