With the MCAT slowly creeping up on me I realized today that I need to implement a few changes in my daily routine, especially if I plan on doing well on the exam and getting into medical school. Below is a list of my lifestyle changes that will be implemented immediately tomorrow (Monday, January 30th). Don’t you wish the government acted this quickly?
Change 1: SLEEP
Believe it or not, sleep is one of the most important things your body can do, and you need at least eight hours of it. On a normal day, I will get about 4-5 hours of sleep a day maximum. This does not include of course the few milliseconds I spend asleep while driving. Kidding… Anyways, to fix this issue I will now attempt to sleep at 11:00 PM every night. This should allow me to wake up at 7:00 AM every day feeling refreshed and ready. Hah, we’ll see about that…
Change 2: EXERCISE
I’m not out of shape as far as appearances of “shape” are concerned, but if I tried to run a mile right now I probably would not enjoy it very much. I can still walk down stairs on my hands or flagpole off of street signs, I just can’t run. In previous years I would get my exercise from training with my Parkour team at RWU, or sailing 4 hours a day in treacherous waters. Now that I’m at UNH though, I have to find a different way to stay in “endurance” shape. Waking up at 7:00 AM should theoretically give me ample time to get up, get ready, and drive to UNH for a daily morning workout session before classes start. This will probably be the hardest change in my routine.
Change 3: MCAT
This one is simple in principle but very demanding in both time and effort. This change involves devoting at LEAST 3 full uninterrupted hours of daily studying for the MCAT. Weekends should have double that time as well. I have less than 5 months before I take the MCAT and definitely need to start. Three hours a day from now until the exam should give me between 360 and 450 hours of studying. This will probably turn into 8 hours a day for a week or two once the semester is over.
Tomorrow will be the first day with the 3 changes implemented, and I will let you know how it goes. PS: While writing this I played with my GPA scores a bit, and here is what I pulled from the data. It’s neat how the grades have a visible improving trend to them.
Cumulative GPA (To Date): 3.86
Science GPA (To Date): 3.89
Fall 2009 GPA: 3.70
Spring 2010 GPA: 3.77
Fall 2010 GPA: 3.92
Spring 2011 GPA: 3.93
Fall 2011 GPA: 4.00