“If you’d asked me last year what vulnerability was, I would have said ‘giving someone else power’ or something about weakness and loss of control. Vulnerability certainly wasn’t a positive thing and definitely not something I was inclined to do by choice.”
I was reminded of this year’s Australian season of Married at First Sight. On numerous occasions, so-called ‘experts’ encouraged participants to stick with seemingly toxic relationships, even in the face of gaslighting and cheating. This was because having conflict within and between the relationships created drama and storylines that could be turned into gripping sound-bites.
In honour of the very much current exam season (sigh), the Jugular family wishes to spare you the accompanying package deal of disheartening, self-doubting, staring-at-the-ceiling-in-a-self-hating-daze phase by focusing on *surprise surprise* studying! Thank you to everyone for submitting your wonderful questions, and hopefully, this serves as a gentle reminder that patience and kindness to oneself are just as important as to others. <3
by JUMAANA ABDU (edited by ROSEMARY KIRK) Following are some highs and lows from my first few weeks as a third-year medical student. Medicine really does grant us the privilege of a most unique and intimate insight into human pain, crisis and – sometimes – hilarity. All patient ages have
I remember walking around a campus filled with people, yet feeling so alone. I remember sitting in the lecture hall by myself, watching bunches of bright-eyed faces stroll in together, laughing and talking. I remember that hollow feeling when SG would end, and we’d all pack up and leave without wasting a word.