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I have had to learn the hard way that, though we are training to become one of the world’s most prestigious and respected professionals, some of us are mentally and socially immature.  And I’m not talking about the national students (Mexicans start medical school at about 18).  Surprisingly, most (all) of the ludicrous and ridiculous behavior I have experienced has come from students in semesters above me.

I will say for the most part UAG International students are very kind, giving, and considerate.  It’s just that those who aren’t . . . really aren’t.  When I first arrived at UAG I was taken aback by the number of more experienced students who would stop me to greet me, give me counsel about classes, Step 1, and give advice about the people.  I didn’t quite understand what people meant when they said, “stay away from negative people” and “some of these people are crazy”.

Oh, but now I do.

My advice to all the incoming students, is to find a group of friends that you trust and rely on.  I would say, “avoid drama”, but that is almost impossible.  I was pretty much minding my own business and ended up in mess.  So when you end up in mess, don’t fret.  Just remember that some of these people are crazy and unhappy with themselves.  It doesn’t do you any good to get upset, just keep it moving.  Proverbs 26:4 says, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.”

Your diploma only has one name on it, and that’s the only person you can control.