Typical Life of a Podiatric Student

A few weeks ago, we had a couple of lectures in anatomy about the lungs. It was pretty incredible. I learned so many things about the lungs that I never knew before. It’s incredible that I have had these organs that I’ve been using literally every second of every day of my life since my first breath, and I knew so little about them! We really take for granted sometimes how awesome it is just to have a functioning body, with all of its many parts working in harmony from organ systems down to individual cells and even smaller! I am only in Anatomy right now, meaning that we really aren’t learning any functions, but just are learning what is there and where it is. Function and potential pathology will be in physiology next semester. It will get even MORE complicated and intricate. The human body is amazing.

Upcoming this week I have two tests both on Wednesday. The first is Biochemistry. For those who aren’t following, I didn’t do as well as I would have liked to on the first test in that class. I have a lot to do in the next couple of days to be where I want to be in order to do well on this one, but I know what I need to do and I’m ready to put in the work! The other test that I have is for Medical Cell Biology. This class has been interesting especially for the way its scheduled. We have 4-5 lectures per week up to 10 lectures and then we have 10 days off. After those 10 days, we have a test. So this class ended about a week ago and the test is happening Wednesday. We have all been studying the information like crazy to be prepared for the exam. Once the exam is over, the next 10 lectures start right away. We will probably have the first on Thursday. All of the rest of my classes run on a pretty consistent schedule although each week is different. In my opinion, it’s nice to have about a week and half worth of days every two to three weeks where I have just one less class. It makes it a lot easier to get through those weeks and gives me more time for studying.

If anyone is wondering, a typical school day for me involves me getting to the school by 8 or earlier to study before class starts. I usually have class until 11 or 12 and then either I will have anatomy lab or clinical medicine lab in the afternoon, or I will go home. When I get home, I eat lunch and then start studying. I will usually study with one or two short breaks until dinner time. After dinner, I will study again until about 8 or 9 depending on how tired I am. On a really good day if all goes well, I get about 9-10 hours’ worth of schoolwork done in a day. The days feel full and they go by quickly. I am loving it though! I love being able to study so much and devote so much time to my schoolwork!

Thanks for reading everyone!

Levi Smith, PMAC, Podiatric Student at DMU

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