I sometimes struggle to remember that in the end it is really just a test; nothing incredibly significant that will be life changing or life altering. It might suck to fail the test but in all reality the School of Medicine is going to everything they can to try and help you retake the test and pass. They don't want you to fail out, bottom line. That doesn't change the fact though that it is a stressful experience. As my Dad always says Med School is like a marathon, you can't sprint the whole thing. I need to be constantly reminded of that as test week quickly approaches.
One thing that I did do this weekend was run a half marathon in St. Charles, MO. It is a 13.1 miles jog that starts at the Riverport Amphitheater, crosses the river, and finished in historic downtown St. Charles. It wasn't my best half, probably should have trained more than 4 weeks and around 10 miles I just was ready to be done. The course is kind of boring too, running through fields and on highways. However, what I am getting at with this story is that in the end I finished. I wasn't last, I wasn't first but I challenged myself and accomplished my goal. I think that when test week is over I will be saying the same thing (hopefully)!