A Letter to First Year Medical Students

Barefoot Whispers

The South African academic year commences in January, and last week thousands of students around the country went to university for the first time. Among them are our future doctors.Welcoming them befalls someone else these days, as my time in student government is long gone. But I couldn’t help writing my annual “letter to the newbies”. (If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll have seen that I write something like this practically every January.)

dear firstieDear Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed First Year Medical Student

Can you believe you’ve made it? Can you believe you’re here? Well, better start believing, because it has begun!

Perhaps becoming a doctor has been your life-long dream. Perhaps, the idea only came to you in the last few years. Neither of those is superior to the other. Neither of those makes you more or less likely to succeed. Learn that now, and remember it.

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