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How to manage extracurriculars and academics in medical school

Medical school is hard enough without having to think about extracurricular activities. After all, studying all day will give you the best possible grade, right? Well not exactly.

At UCSF, there are plenty of extracurricular activities that the medical students can become involved in.

One student writes: “you need to find time to have fun or you’ll go crazy! don’t neglect the people in your life outside of school” – ENTP

One student writes: “Managing extracurricular activities and academics – Don’t worry about doing ANYTHING unless you really enjoy it or really want to do it. There is no more “resume,” no more “how many clubs you’re in,” none of that matters. Make your life exactly what you want: if that involves lots of coffee sipping and pilates-class-taking, PLEASE DO IT. Just be happy.” ENTJ

One student writes: “Managing extracurricular activities and academics – extracurricular is very important! I’ve been involved in Homeless clinic (1-2x /week), Medlink, Medical Humanities, Writing workshops, and various other things that come up” ENFP

One student writes: “Try to keep balance in your life. Don’t overload yourself on electives. Try to build some time into your schedule every day that is just for you to relax, watch TV, read a book for fun, etc.” ENFJ

One student writes: “Managing extracurricular activities and academics – Don’t sign up for TOO many electives. 1-2 per quarter is plenty.” ENFJ

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