The thought of 5+ years of intensive study and examination can be a daunting prospect. At times it can be enough to make you want to curl up and cry with your Yu-Gi-Oh cards in the Hub.
Make no mistakes, a career in medicine is no walk in the park. It's actually more like a sober walk through Supermacs at 3am during RAG week. It can be stressful and scary and in the later years, there's a significant risk that someone will get sick on you.
That being said, there's no need to panic. Medicine can be challenging but you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy being a college student, an experience that many people say is the best time of their life.
The best advice I can give to you around exam time is to not freak out. Do what you need to do to stay calm; Don't forego sleep and your normal activities for the sake of study. Go to the gym, watch a movie, go for a walk and kick some leaves.
Remember, 200 numbskulls a year qualify as doctors from NUIG.
If they can do it, so can you!
Also, if you're given practice tests by lecturers DO THEM!. Lecturers are notoriously lazy creatures when it comes to dreaming up new questions. Questions, and even whole exams have been known to be recycled as often as jokes are recycled on Yik Yak, so it's a good idea to have a look through.
Best of luck!