Hanna Olofsson

Hanna Olofsson is another member of my 2nd-year group. Check out her advice for future medical students.

Name = Hanna Olofsson.

Age = 26.

Country of Origin = Sweden.

Languages = Swedish and English. 

Favoriten Restaurant in Gdansk = Hard to choose… Mito sushi or Ritz.

Zodiac sign = Aires.

1 – What motivated you to study medicine?

I have always been very interested in medicine and many of the scientific subjects. My dream is to become a good surgeon, but we will see, medicine is so broad and interesting.

2 – Why did you choose Gdansk?

I couldn’t get in in Sweden and one of my friends was studying in Gdansk. She recommended the school and so, I applied to Gdansk.

3 – What do you like the most about the city? Is there anything you would like to see improved? 

I love the architecture, how they try to keep the old style. It is very beautiful!

Hahahaha. The roads need a big improvement. If you go by car or bus you will for sure get a “free” Polish massage from all of the bumps. Honestly, I rather go to a studio for a massage.

4 – Have you studied anything else before you started medicine? 

I studied nursing care for one year before applying to medical school. I wanted to look for myself what kind of role I wanted in the healthcare system.

5 – What are the things you wish you knew before medical school?

About the school and living abroad, nothing, I think. It is good to not always know. Sure, maybe it would have been good to know how tough the teachers are and some of their “teaching techniques”. Just to be prepared for the worst and to know how much the final periods impact you. I have never been as fragile as after the big finals are done. But in the end, how much would that change? I already knew that medical school was tough and life is constantly developing, one way or another. Not knowing what is coming for you is really a quite charming part of your life.

6 – What was your favourite subject so far? What about your least favourite? Why?

My favourite subjects are physiology and anatomy. Physiology was very fun to learn since you got to understand why things happened in your body and how it happened. Anatomy is also a favourite because it kicked me down in the mud at first. I had no idea of how I could defeat the subject. I had to eat a lot of mud before I finally conquered it. The feeling of succeeding after a lot of hard work was amazing. 

My least favourite subject was molecular biology. It wasn’t just appealing to me at all. I had a really hard time trying to read about all of the small details.

7 – What is the hardest thing about being a medical student?

Trying to find a balance in life with studies, training, your social life and time for yourself. Time is my worst enemy.

8 – What is the number one tip you would give to a freshman?

Do not forget to take care of yourself and drown in your studies.

9 – What do you usually do during your study breaks in order to relax?

I either go out for a run or take a power nap with some classical music in the background.

10 – Have you thought of any specialities that might interest you?

Surgery and paediatrics. 

11 – Complete the sentence. I would not have survived the first two years of medical school without… my roomies (Beatrice and Charlotte) and closest friends. You know who you are. They have given me so much strength.

12 – Which disease would you choose to eradicate today?

That is a really really hard question. There are so many horrible diseases. I guess most people would say cancer. Multiple Sclerosis – MS or Muscular dystrophy (MD) diseases. 

13 – Which superpower would you like to have?

Flying or being able to remember everything I read and hear. The latter would have made life so much easier.

14 – Which holiday destination is at the top of your list?

Australia, New Zealand and South America. The trip should last for 2-3 months.

15 – Do you have any dream you would like to share with the rest of us?

Becoming a great surgeon with time for a social and private life as well.

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