From PMT to PG, a little boy transforms, from a novice, who runs to mom and daddy for every worry of his; to a person, to whom people run for their worries!
Its a big story. If tried to tell in short, then we will have to start from the internship period. Because before internship there is nothing that big we are exposed to. Till then our lives are up to canteen and classes only. Once internship strikes, you come to know that what you are going to face next. You are going to be on your own, going to be the most treasured graduate in this country!
"Power brings responsibility along with it" used to tell the uncle of Spiderman! Same happens in internship. We are working like a doctor for the first time, getting handsome stipend; on our own, to an extent. After the on call duties in wards, you return in the room and think "Ok! Now what next? Where do I want to see myself some five or ten years from now?"
I used to idolize my teachers; I wanted to be like them. Like the best one among them! For that, here came a need of post graduation. May be you are thinking that I was bit late in thinking about it, but its a story of average people in the undergrad amongst whom I found myself.
There come MCQ books, along with long forgotten anatomy and microbiology too. But... how to start? What to read and what not? My few weeks went in thinking and planning new ways to study until I realized that Oh boy! You need help! Go to those successful, those preparing, seniors. Among them many were those with whom I didnt have a good rapport or had a sour relationship. Somewhat hesitant, I thought not to approach them, but the big question of life was meandering in front of me a PG seat!
I swallowed my false self pride in front of seniors and approached them and my goodness! They were so kind in forgetting all bad blood and being eager in helping their loving junior of a time! Life taught me a lesson again, like Spidermans uncle, that life is too small and we are smaller even; there are few people whom we know in our lives among millions in this world and there was no use in fighting with hand full of human beings we will ever be able to know in this big world in our small life span!
Any way, my preparation started and went on smoothly. I stopped news paper, forgot who the new chart-busting singer is and who married whom. I went through all this for months. At last the prayers of my family, my well-wishers, melted the heart of God! He blessed me with a decent rank in AIPG 2006!
Life changed altogether! People started to take note of me; my dad mom could say that they have sons who can realise their dreams!
But the biggest change came from within, in me! I started to get back my confidence that I was also worth and I could also have a place of my own in this fast-forward world!
During my preparation days, I used to think it this way: that we all graduates were people corked inside a big bottle! And there was one mouth of the bottle to come out and see the world, which was fitted with a cap. All of us plan and prepare to push open that cap of the bottle, all the months until first Sunday of January comes! On that fateful day we all jump leaps and bounds, we push open the cap!! But there are so many people locked inside the bottle that not all can escape the imprisonment in that bottle..... Some escape, being blessed, some have to toil again. More than that they have to wait for full one more year...
With all its teachings through the years, life teaches us how to wait for that great Sunday of January and how to jump so precisely to uncap that bottle and end up with freedom! To lead the next part of it - Life! :-)
Note: Thanks vitamin_k for writing a wonderful interpretation of your insights into a demanding but inevitable process. RxPG invites other visitors also to write their experiences of preparation days, exams, success or failures!
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