Need to spend this summer saving money and working at home? Don’t worry – even if the experience isn’t directly related to medicine, it is still a valuable opportunity to gain transferable skills.
A med student blogs about how working in a restaurant prepared her for practicing medicine. She writes:
As I stood in front of the patient room and prepared to knock, I told myself, “This is it, it’s really happening! All of my hard work over the years was to get to this moment.” Yet, I had a sense that I had done this before. I know now that what had really prepared me most for that moment had not taken place in medical school or even college, but back in my hometown, in Maine.
In my family, there was always an expectation that you had to work. This meant that while my fellow classmates spent their summers during college working in high powered research labs or traveling the globe on service projects, I spent my five summers working as a server at a restaurant on the coast of Maine and taking classes at the local branch of our state university.
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