Today, I received my first line of 1 grade in med school
I was strolling with my niece when I received the notification that some of our remaining grades were already out. During the first wave of release last week, I felt both disappointment and contentment. It was disappointing because I was not used to seeing many grades that are line of 2, but there was a stronger feeling of contentment because I know that I worked hard for my grades.
Today, I got my first line of 1 grade. It was Biochem. I love Biochem; in fact, I got an uno in my undergrad! Though we know that it would be more difficult in med school, there was still pressure for me especially when I would be surrounded by my undergrad batchmates. But I am grateful for those people who keep on reminding me that being in med school is already a feat.
However, as much as I want to convince myself that grades do not define me, the reality is, grades do matter such as in internship and residency applications. But how do we draw the line? As a student for more than a decade, I believe there exists a balance of being grade-conscious and being passive with grades. Looking back during my first year, I do not regret putting down my transes to hang out with my friends, spending non-intermodule weekends with my family, and having short trips to Diliman during weekdays. I must say that I worked hard, but I also enjoyed those days of mindfully setting aside my acads. Indeed, there is more to life than acads.
Here’s an additional good news: I got a high grade in neuro and endocrinology. I expected a high grade because our liaison officer told us that our professor did some considerations in our grades. Unfortunately, I forgot my code name so I had to email our professor. It was suspenseful until I learned that my actual grade is even higher than my high expectation. It became more exciting! I immediately told my parents about the good news, and they were so happy about it!
Whether it is due to my hardwork or the grade manipulation from our professors, I still feel accomplished with experiencing a high grade in med school. Regardless, I believe everything is part of His providence.
There are still bigger things awaiting, but let me just celebrate this momentous med school moment. A small victory is still a victory!
Akalain mo iyon. Kaya ko pala!