The ecstasy of joining your college for the first time is unexplainable. You are no longer a teen; you probably got your dream phone or laptop. You are allowed to make decisions on your own to some extent, and a new life is what you can imagine at this point.
When I sit on my couch with a cup of coffee, my mind wanders and even goes beyond my post-college life.
I'm just a girl who is going to step into her first year of college and has this curiosity to know what my future looks like, how not to make it wrong, and how I can be happy and grounded in my purpose as if I have a magic wand that gives me all the answers now.
Guess what? The magic worked!
I dropped a bound on one of the finest global healthcare professional platforms, MedBound, and here is what I've got from the experts:
''Destiny has something else to do with my life'', said Dr. Shelja Chauhan, a proud and contented vaidya.
I always wanted to be a doctor, but unfortunately, I couldn't get an MBBS. I left BDS and took Ayurveda exams. I got the third rank in the overall state and got admitted to Ayurveda. Though the subject language was out of my grasp and the ambiance was unpliable in the first year, it did get better in the second year. All these things were not in my plan, but slowly, my love for Ayurveda took a swivel.
''Just be patient; the future beholds something good for you, she added.
With time, I realized I'm into research, and Ayurveda needs a lot of it. ''I'm trying my best to get into research along with pure traditional medicine now. She closed the chat with blessings.
''First-year can be stressful as the new entrant is dealing with so many fronts'', said the founder and CEO of MedBound, Dr. Munish Kumar, MD, an attending Neonatologist.
'I was not fond of anatomy. Biochemistry was my favorite back then; it came to me effortlessly. Physiology was the base of diagnostic medicine that co-relates with pathology.' My interest in it got deeper, and that's when I found myself wanting to be a physician, not a surgeon who operates on the body.
It's a phase where you should look at the bigger picture. A closer network of people from the same branch helps a lot,' he concluded.
I used to play many roleplays. During my medicinal course, I wanted to build a platform, especially for healthcare professionals. I'd love to be a politician who has a positive impact on society. I have also been a filmmaker in the past, and he rejoiced at the provocation of good old memories.
I had NO expectations! I was in a state where getting into a medical school was itself a big deal.
After entering a medical school, it's completely okay if one fails their exam; it's not a crime. If it's your first time, ignore it! Focus on the main topics, prepare, and be confident in your answers next time. It's completely okay to lose yourself in the process, as things were different this time.
There's no such thing as a better life outside college, life goes on within it too. Accept the reality and go on, rather than waiting for the perfect moment to enjoy. So, enjoy and cherish even the little memories you have., said Mr. Vishal KR, a 3rd-year MBBS student at CDSIMER.
Vishal finds his passion in writing, apart from medicine. His deep passion is reflected in his work, ' Raindrops of Words from Ocean, extending far down on inspiration, life, and romance.
Combining medicine and writing, he identifies himself as a medical writer and is well pleased with publishing his articles on the Paracetamol Self-Overdosing Case Series, Study: Analysis of Demography, Clinical Features, and Treatment Methods.
''I was never in a rat race; medicine and engineering were never my career options''. That's when I found IISc, a perfect option for me, said Disha Khobragade, a pharmacy final-year student.
I was in my government junior school when I came to know that to get into IISc, one should clear NEET. With no prior coaching, I failed to crack it and took a drop year to give wings to my dreams. Again, due to the lockdown and inefficient coaching there, I encountered another failure.
Out of no choice, pharmacy was the last option I could pick. I was devastated by my own decision to be admitted to the pharmacy. I used to be a scholar in school, but because of my unlikeliness, is reflected in my studies. My parents, teachers, and friends were expecting better from me. Slowly, I accepted the challenge, started scoring well, and topped my university exams with a distinction. That's when I knew pharmacy wasn't a bad option either.
''Explore; explore; explore!'' exclaimed Himani Negi, Content and Copy Editor at MedBound Times, a platform for medical news and articles, who dropped her medical seat at the last minute with a domicile issue.
After entering pharmacy, I was into Karate, gym, acting, and good in my studies too.
'That's what we call an all-rounder, our team was commenting over the bound.
At the end of the discussion, this is what I've got!
Medical professionals are not nerds. There is a life to figure out even after you pursue medicine, pharmacy, and other healthcare courses. For some, it's fate that took them here; for some, it's their identity; for some, it's mere pressure.
But no one is giving up on this journey!
Maybe they find an afterlife along with it. But the world of healthcare professionals is no less than a color palette that has all shades; each one is different, and each combination is unique. It is what makes it even more beautiful.
All they want is to add color to their lives, give wings to their other dreams, and explore and seek opportunities that can uplift their lives.
Dear aspiring physicians and first-year pupils, 'Remember, it's just the beginning of the wholesome life you desire to get.'