Well nothing great, I secured 66.1%. I wasn't a bibliophile (bookworm may seem derogatory to some) but I studied a little everyday, even if it was for ½ hour. Won't deny, I passed a lot of time. I was new to the world, just like every 1st year kid is. I was boarding in a hostel several kilometres away from home in a place(campus) where anyone hardly knew me. I'm more of a people's person, I spent a lot of time socializing, of course I became pretty famous (if I may say so) in my college. After being done with NEET-UG once and for all I didn't really have any high aspirations about 1st Prof, so studies took a backseat and back then I couldn't realize that until it came up as a setback during the very 1st semester exam, I didn't fail, managed to pass and somehow be a part of 30% of the crowd that was all-clear. A lot of the time was spent in every activity/event that was being organized in the college. During the college fest I didn't study for a month straight. I pulled of a little in the next month and then somehow I was confident that I'll pass, which was my ultimate aim at that point. 20 days before university exams, I had taken a trip to South India with my family. Then I went back to hostel, studied for about 10–11 days and gave my exams. Exams went average, “good” pertaining to the minimum effort that I had put. I don't regret that completely, as I enjoyed my 1st year at med-school thoroughly, scored decently, a score which won't really matter a few years down the line. But this doesn't mean that one should give a backseat to academics, scores don't matter very much here, but your foundation of the 1st year subjects and the rock solid concepts do matter a lot. Happy med-school, since whenever that you begin!!
Vikrant Gaikwad, MBBS from Dr. Ulhas Patil Medical College, Jalgaon (2023)