It's been a little over a month past the official end of the most academically challenging year in the UP College of Medicine's Organ System Integration (OSI) curriculum. Due to the ultra fast turnover of modules and events, I've been having difficulty summing up the past school year. As I try to recall the blur that happened, I say that I like it better than the 1st year. I felt more calm, more adjusted.
I wouldn't lie. I was chronically stressed with only acute episodes of relief. I was exhausted most of the time, almost always lacking the energy to care about what was happening around me. What bugged me down wasn't just the academic stress as I am not merely an academic robot. I have relationships to maintain, some extracurricular activities to deal with, and my personal well-being to take care of. I had to chose my battles.