Advice on Mental Wellness

Written By: Angel Shavalier, Class of 2022

Medical school has turned out to be the hardest thing I have ever done. Everyone warns you of this, but it’s hard to comprehend what they mean until you’re doing it. It is not only intellectually challenging, but it takes a mental toll on you as well. I think it is very important to have an outlet to relieve the stress and to have a support system while you are here. Many of you have moved away from family and friends, and this will be your first time out on your own. Some of you will experience loss, strained relationships, financial troubles, etc. There will most likely come a time when the pressures of medical school along with troubles like these fall on your shoulders, and you are going to feel like you’re going to break. It’s okay to feel this way, but don’t try to do this by yourself. You will learn that you have a family around you at ARCOM. The students and faculty have turned out to be some of the most selfless and caring people I have ever met. REACH OUT for help. Your mental wellness is just as important as the focus you will be setting on your education. The school has professional resources available to you, and there are 300+ colleagues and faculty members that will be there for you if you just let them know. 

It’s okay to ask for help. In doing so, if you fear that seeking professional help will go onto your school record, it will not. If you fear that someone will look down on you for reaching out, they will not. Watch out for your friends as well. If you think they might be falling into a dark place, REACH OUT to them. They may not be able to do that for themselves. Help each other get through this next big chapter of life. No one was meant to do this alone. I promise you, we are all in this together and want all of our fellow colleagues to succeed. 

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