AUA’s Fall semester starts next week. If this is your first semester in medical school, your primary thoughts are probably on your studies, but they may soon turn to: “how do I even make friends here?” Everyone’s feeling the same way, so don’t worry! Here are some ways to become a member of your Caribbean medical school community:
Start a Study Group
A great way to stay on top of your studies while making some friends is to put together a study group. Having that shared experience of studying for an intense exam will help build some bonds that will last a lifetime.
Join a Club
When you arrive, you’ll probably feel a bit homesick. Clubs are a great way to meet like-minded people and find a home away from home. AUA has dozens of clubs that cover numerous cultural, academic, and religious interests. Bonus: it will look really good on your residency application if you held a leadership position at any of these clubs.
Play a Team Sport
The good thing about having many athletic fields on campus is the many opportunities to join teams. There are football, cricket, and soccer games set up every Saturday. The tennis courts have pros that teach classes for beginners. It’s also a great way to stay in shape and relieve stress after a long day of studying.
Hey, who says these are the only ways to make friends? You can make friends almost anywhere. At AUA, there are lots of places around campus that students hang out –the courtyard, the gazebo, the beach. A new friend could be next sitting to you right now (unless you’re reading this blog alone somewhere).