Today was our first day back to school and as senior dental students. We started the day off with orientation, of course. We will have almost a week of it. Usually, it entails sitting in a room for hours with multiple presentations that are 15 minutes instead of 45 and a lot of lag time in between sessions. No difference today.
Normally, I am glad to be back for at least the sake of seeing my friends and classmates. Today I felt very anti-social. I wondered why until I realized...its only been 20 days since we were all here.
This year will be more like private practice than anything we have had so far. It sounds fun and a little intimidating. Most of all, I am beginning to realize that real life will be upon me very soon. I need to start making plans --follow ups for what to do if I don't get in to OS here at Iowa, looking into practices or other residency programs, learning about contracts and business, taking my licensure and board exams, paying off loans, etc. I also realize that now, instead of learning things for tests, I need to make sure I learn and remember everything for real life. Last year I would feel intimidated by new assignments and relieved if they passed me by. Now, I need to get all the experience I can before I am on my own.
I hope it all goes well. I am a bit intimidated!