A Lot To Be Thankful For

Stephanie, Second Year Medical StudentThanksgiving break is over already, and it’s a bittersweet reality.  On the one hand, it was so nice to be able to have a couple of days away from classes to get some extra work done and relax a bit (there are pictures below of the fabulous feast we had at our house and the friends we were able to share it with), and now that is over and it’s back to hard work looking ahead to tests.  On the other hand, it’s Christmas time and we are almost done with the first half of the school year!  I would say overall that I am most excited about the fact that we are almost done with the semester :).

I figured this would be a great time to pause and reflect on the year so far and all that I am so very thankful for (it was just Thanksgiving after all).  This year has been busy – much more so than last year – and yet I have found myself much more upbeat, enthusiastic, and focused on the tasks before me.  Second year is definitely different from first year, but I seem to be one of those students who finds it much better than the first year (I have heard from previous students that you either love first year and then hate second or hate first year and then find second much more enjoyable).  With that enjoyment comes so many things to be thankful for so here are just a few:

The friends we shared Thanksgiving with

  1. I am thankful for my loving husband, my wonderfully supportive family, and my absolutely amazing friends.  Everyone always says that they couldn’t make it without these important people and I think that medical school takes that to the ultimate extreme – I don’t know how anyone could survive the craziness of medical school without a strong support system.

    Our fabulous Thanksgiving feast!

  2. I am thankful for the opportunities God has given me to put my abilities and passion to good use (and to learn exactly what it means to put them to good use).  I know that He has led me to where I am today and I trust that He will continue to do so.  I can’t wait to see what He has in store!
  3. I am thankful for all the experiences (both good and bad) that have brought me here and made me who I am today.  There have certainly been some rough points (no one would ever claim medical school was easy 🙂 ), but I wouldn’t change a thing because I know each little hiccup has helped mold me into who I am.

So, as we turn towards the last leg of the semester, keep all of the medical students at Loma Linda in your prayers if you could.  It’s an exciting time as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, but we all also have finals and subject exams to look forward to as well.  I hope everyone can finish up strong and feel good about where we have been and where we are going in the upcoming year!

Our beautifully decorated Christmas tree