FIRST CONCLUSIONS ABOUT STUDYING MEDICINE IN UKRAINE
Everything was so new, different and unexpected. I could not believe I lived in India a village, and now in such a big city. I had 24 hours electricity, 24 hours running hot water and everything was so clean. I still love my India; don’t get me wrong, but without the dust and litter it was like another world.
People on the street, looked and dresses different! The people seemed to be very busy in the cars, busses and metros. The sound of their language was new for me. Some of the people smiled at me-I guess I looked like a lost child. Some of the people just gave me a cold look. I felt comfortable enough to explore the city by myself without knowing the language. I was a stranger in Ukraine but didn´t feel unwelcome.
The lectures were overwhelming in the beginning, tons of new information to learn and I had problems with my English skills. My English was okay to communicate with people, but not good enough to understand the complex Anatomy lectures. I took me 2 weeks to feel an improvement.
I already had many subjects during my +2! I was very happy to show off my knowledge and help my group mates who needed help in chemistry, physics and biology.
Usually I met my seniors in the hostel and asked them how to behave with certain teachers and how to prepare for the following classes to get excellent marks. I wanted to be an “A” student.
During my practical classes in second year, I understood that I should not think what I read in my book but I should think with my own brain and look at the patient! I noticed that many students just focused to learn everything by heart-including me. I used to hide behind my classmates because I didn’t want to do the patients ´examination. I had to change.
The truth is that, we can never be excellent in medicine- it´s just wrong to go behind marks!
Walking through the tunnel- I made a few conclusions