Med School New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, 2013
Emily Hause

EMILY HAUSE - New Years Resolutions - KAPLANWelcome to 2014, my celebratory readers! Like many people, the end of 2013 has me reflecting on how I can approach my life a little differently at the start of the new year. That means it’s New Year’s resolution time!

Now, you may be thinking- Emily, you’re a successful med student who balances going to medical school, working, and generally being awesome- how could you possibly need to improve in the new year? Or maybe you’re thinking- thank goodness, it’s about time for Emily to work on some self-improvement- both of which actually bring me to my first resolution.

Emily’s 2014 New Years Resolutions:

1. Worry less about what people think. This is a good resolution for pretty much everyone, since most of us spend a fair amount of our day thinking about how we’re perceived by others. We put ourselves out there in different media- Facebook, Twitter, and everyday life and agonize over whether or not someone likes something we posted or said. In 2014, my goal is to rock out and be who I am with minimal worrying about the opinions of others.

2. Eat pizza only once (okay maybe twice) a week. Seriously. I have eaten more pizza in the first semester of medical school than I have in any other four-month period of my life. I have a sneaking suspicion that all of that cheese and  bread is not suuuper good for my cardiovascular system, but then again I haven’t had those med school lectures yet.

3. Pre-read before class every day. I always tell my MCAT classes that pre-reading before class is an essential component for success. It’s probably time I started taking my own advice and actually the material before I sit through the lecture.

4. Take a dance class at least once a week. Dancing makes me so happy and it’s usually the first thing I sacrifice when it comes to finding additional study-time. Time to reclaim my dancing passion and integrate it into my medical school life.

What are you resolutions for the new year?

Happy studying!

Emily Hause Emily has been a teacher for Kaplan for over eight years; she's taught MCAT, ACT, SAT, SAT2 and tutored pretty much every subject under the sun in both the classroom and live online (aka Classroom Anywhere) settings. She's also worked for Kaplan in content development and teacher mentorship roles. Emily is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Colorado and is hoping to go into Pediatrics. She's involved in many campus opportunities such as being a Prospective Student Representative, admissions committee member, CU-UNITE member, and co-president of the Education and Teaching Interest Group. Prior to medical school, Emily got a BA in Biochemistry and Spanish from Lawrence University and a Masters in Public Health- Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Emily enjoys dancing, baking, playing tennis and exploring her new Colorado home.

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