Ate Jess, a current third year student, is a very shy and sweet person who could be spotted in the library sporting her usual playful and colourful headband and sweater. Seemingly withdrawn and reserved, she gives one of the best advices for first year students when asked to share an experience she had. She says, “You can say that, even with the warning of friends or relatives who are doctors, nobody can adequately describe the amount of information, as well as the effort, you need to stuff in your head once you enter med school. Even if you graduated top of your class in your undergrad course and got a grade of 99+ in NMAT, everyone is back to level 0 upon the start of medical school. Yes. It is tough. I cannot put into words how hard it was to adjust gauging how much effort you need in order to study everything that is expected of you. But one thing I learned from the beginning of medical school is that I should never compare my progress and abilities to others. I don’t know about others but it seemed that comparing myself with others had a negative effect rather than a motivating one. I used to think and feel incompetent whenever my classmates were able to finish all the 22 chapters needed to read from Guyton about the heart and feel bad and depressed because it seems that I was not trying enough. I learned from then on that I should focus on my own abilities and develop a study habit that works for me – to set achievable goals and deadlines on what and how to study. I made schedules and plans and tried to stick with them as much as I could. I did not look into how great my classmates were doing with their studies but rather looked into how much I was able to push myself further once I have achieved my goals. As I mentioned before, we were all set to the same level when we entered medical school. You can look at it in a sense that we were all empty cups that were slowly being filled from the fountain of medical knowledge. We do not need to be instantly great in studying, memorizing or analysing information. It would take time, effort and a lot of motivation for us to grow and develop to be Lukan doctors.”