Runs in the family, I guess.
Shortly after finishing my post about praising effort, I opened an email that had been waiting in my box. It was from my daughter in medical school. She wrote about the disappointment she feels in next year's rotation through the medical specialties. Twice in this one email she mentions how she'll handle the extra challenge of her difficult schedule. Here's an edited version with emphasis added by me:
Hi Mom and Dad,
"I had wanted to have surgery before OB, in order to be better prepared. But, I did have a lot of OR experience last summer; that, plus a good attitude and lots of hard work ought to get me through.
"What I'm most worried about is...getting all the important info way at the end. Again, I guess hard work (and studying when I get home at night) will be the key.