So here we are, the last couple hours before the CaRMS match results are released. While there’s still the issue of the licensing exam and graduating at hand, this feels like the moment we’ve all been waiting for (or at least for me).
Now considering how this decision is kiiiiinnd of important, it has been a bit of a nervous period. But since I don’t have a stache of Ativan hidden away at home, I needed to figure out how to deal with this in some other way. And of course, because this is the UWO blog, I have to put it in a list form.
So I guess this following list is more for future classes’ references than for this current group, but here are some strategies that I came up with to pass the time waiting for the result.
Go read another post, because we’re done now. But seriously, this one is pretty much all you need. I mean the 3rd season of House of Cards just came out, and Better Call Saul is on there (if you have access to the UK version). Okay nuff said.
2) Read a book.
Because when was the last time we had time to do some leisure reading (reading for the sake of having an answer to your CaRMS interview doesn’t count). Rummage a library or download an e-book. Who knows there might be a book out there on how to deal with CaRMS results stress.
3) Work out
Speaking about stress, a good way to get a handle of it is to let off some steam. A run, yoga, bike ride (maybe tough to do with the snow), or a trip to the gym can definitely help you feel more refreshed and revitalized. If you don’t mind the cold and the weather is amenable, checking out a local pond and playing some hockey is just a must for a good Canadian kid.
Because you want to beat the cold. Because Family Day weekend is happening. Because Mardi Gras and American spring break is happening. Because you aren’t sick of flights yet from interviews. Because you really want to make the most of your line of credit.
5) Go out and party.
My logic is that if you are going to be up all night sleepless anyway, you might as well be up all night having some fun.
6) Relax to some music.
Some suggestions I have are “Everything is Awesome”, or the classic “Final Countdown”.
Of course, there are also some really fun parody songs out there too. My current favorite is this one that spoofs T. Swift.
7) Study for exams
Because nothing is better at diverting panic and anxiety for one major life event than focusing it all on another major life event.
8) Write something for the UWOMJ blog
This is a great tip and I’m recommending it based off personal experience. The mere act of writing this little piece has killed the last couple hours before the results are released. Now time for me to go meet up with my roommates, drink some mimosas, and figure out the rest of my life.