A year is a long time. Having been dreaming of being a physician for over 20 years, I decided against taking an extra gap year before medical school. For me, waiting another year was too much to bear after countless years of education. Although some of my classmates had exceptional experiences during their gap years, I have found plenty time to check off my own bucket list items during summers and recesses without delaying the pursuit of an MD. Now I find myself back in the swing of classes without having to relearn how to study. While I’m sure gap years were exciting and rewarding for those who utilized them, I’m happy to be on my way, notably a year sooner than some, to becoming a physician.