I think dating a M3 has buffered me from most of the stress. After seeing someone else go through it all already, it seems less scary and less big. Of course there are also material benefits, like having her step I books passed down to me
However, as we enter the last sequence before our study period begins, I too am starting to feel a bit anxious. How will it feel to study all the time? The score you get pretty much determines what specialities are open to you. Most schedules look like: wake up, eat breakfast, study, eat lunch, study, work out, eat dinner, study, sleep. Most schedules don't have weekends, though there are a few days off sprinkled through.
It seems like there are a few different psychological responses:
Masochistic Studiers: They remind me of the teammate who loved sprint practice for the sheer badassness of it. They know it's going to suck, but they revel in it and when they're done, they'll tell war stories.... I never liked sprint practice. Sprint practice to me was waking up entirely too early and making myself feel way too uncomfortable for way too long all before the sun had risen. My favorite part of sprint practice was when we were doing partner sprints and I could watch my partner run. Every moment they were running was a moment I wasn't running. Unfortunately, I could never sustain their enthusiasm.