Our last week of freedom

August 31, 2012 § 7 Comments

I can feel the nerves beginning to build up inside me; my mind is like a minefield, full of excitement and panicky thoughts. If I allow myself to stay on one of the panic mines for too long, I find myself whisked away into the stresses of the future. Luckily, I have refrained from visiting this state of mind for too long. Instead, I remind myself that today is today and the challenges that are to come are not yet present. There is no use in concerning oneself with future worries – especially when one has yet to experience the context of these worries.

Skjalg and I have been thinking about how we would like to spend our weekends once school starts. We have no idea what to expect – other than that we are in for one REALLY stressful chapter in our lives. One thing we’ve been told time and time again is that success depends on balance. Too many students entertain the extremes: either studying day and night and never taking a break or taking the semester lightly and pushing things off until the end. We brainstormed what our ideal “productive yet balanced” weekend would be:

  • Saturday
    • Gym
    • Light brunch at the Fit Cafe at our gym
    • Study for a few hours at a café, library or at home
    • Date night: whatever we want to do as long as it includes spending quality time with each other
  • Sunday
    • Slow, easy morning with time to blog, send emails, etc.
    • Fresh food market for fresh veggies and meats
    • Prep “easy access” food for the week
    • Light cleaning of the apartment
    • Laundry
    • Study for a couple of hours at a café, library or at home

We are not expecting that every weekend will be exactly like this, but it helps to have an idea of what to strive for. Plus, if we are as tired as I expect we are going to be after 5 days of lectures and studying, we could use a “plan” to guide us through the weekend.

This weekend we have the Opening Ceremony, where we will be introduced to the faculty, listen to speeches and take our Freshman Oath. Next week includes registration and familiarizing ourselves with the campus. And finally, on Monday the 10th of September – we start medical school.

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§ 7 Responses to Our last week of freedom

  • Ashley says:

    I know you’re going to do great sweets. But glad to see you’re strategising! I’m so excited for you! Enjoy the opening ceremony! Xx

  • James says:

    Hi Buda B!

    I have been reading your blog and I really appreciate for the insights you have provided me and many others. In fact, I am going to study medicine as well in Semmelweis this coming fall! I wonder if you had taken the 10-day pre-university programme before the first semester started. Do you think it would be useful for foreign students?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Buda B says:

      Hi James!

      Thank you so much for your kind comments 🙂 I’m so happy to hear that it has been helpful! Congratulations on your acceptance! I’m sure you’re very excited. I haven’t heard of the 10-day course…at least I don’t remember having heard about it. There is a pre-med program that lasts 6 months to a year, but this must be different. A lot of people have said that the pre-med course was useful for the first semester. I’m sure it is useful in some way, but if it is really expensive…then I would skip it. The benefit would be more to get to know the city and other people starting with you.


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