When it comes to a zombie apocalypse, there are two basic things everyone knows they must do: stockpile food and water, and be ready to defend yourself. Similarly, Match Day has its own mandates – the first of which is to gather your nerves because it’s going to be an emotional ride!
Ration your Worry
In times of stress, thinking the worst will only make it, well, worse. It’s nearly impossible not to worry about your fate after working so hard in medical school, but that also doesn’t mean you should sink into darkness – especially when things could work out just like you hoped.
Trust Your New Path and Navigate your Way
By now, you’ve already contemplated all the possible outcomes. You know the cities you may end up in and have an idea of what to expect. Even if you end up somewhere near the bottom of your wish list, it’s good to learn about each place ahead of time so you become familiar enough that you’ve identified things about those cities or institutions that could make it a little less daunting. On the contrary, if you get matched with one of your top picks, breathe a sigh of relief, you’re one of the lucky ones!
Speaking of Breathing…
Whether you decide to get your results with a group of your classmates or go at it alone, just breath. Once Match Day is all over, you will finally be able to take a sigh of relief because you’ve successfully defended yourself against those treacherous lectures and you survived. Now, it’s time to start setting bones, sewing sutures, doing rounds, taking call – and everything in between.