“It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. It requires sacrifice. You will need to push your body to its max. There will be temptation. But I promise you, when you reach your goal, it’s WORTH IT” — random fitness quote
So I did it. I FINALLY did it! I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog of my journey to and through medical school as someone who plans on matriculating in two years and well, has an interesting path. I graduated in May 2013, loved my alma mater despite the academic rigor (read: “pounding”) I received. Great school, top 10 in the country and I am forever grateful for the plethora of opportunities I was showered with. But that academic beat down…(Pause: ok ok to be honest being a double major with a minor, was probably not the smartest decision but what can I say, I pursued my interest)…has now lead me into the postbac life with some GPA repair to do. So here I am in July, studying for the MCAT, waiting to receive a full time job offer, and starting a postbac program at my alma mater next month. Yes, that same University I just complained about. Let’s just say, the benefits of free tuition and no extra loans outweigh looking for an easier program. This time around it’ll be all focus and none of that gazillion extracurriculars I was involved in during undergrad. I’m really excited about this journey and the growth I’ll experience.
The first hurdle however is this MCAT grind. It feels more a mental battle than anything. Trying to stay encouraged, stay motivated, stay on focus, ahhhhh, the STRUGGLE! So yes, this blog will also be used as a vent box.
Cheers to new beginnings!
4 thoughts on “Conquering things…like a BOSS”
I am very inspired by you and your journey. I am a senior in high school and I was recently accepted to the same undergraduate school you went to. I was wondering if you could give me some advice concerning your undergraduate experience. I would like to learn about the majors you pursued and about some of the extracurricular activities you participated in.
Thank you for your time 🙂
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Congrats on the acceptance! You can read more about my journey/ majors in my interview here: http://blog.accepted.com/2014/08/18/gap-years-blogging-and-applying-to-med-school-iv-with-derin/
I can definitely answer more questions about activities I did, internships, etc if you shoot me an email at email@example.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!
I really enjoy reading your blog and hearing about your journey. I graduated this year ( 2015) and plan on taking courses and MCAT to prep for applying to medical school in the next two years or so. I am a little overwhelmed/nervous and it helped to see a black female who had a gap year. This blog lets me know I am not alone! Very helpful!
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You’re very welcome! I’m glad you find it encouraging. You’re definitely not alone and though the journey isn’t easy, it’s not impossible. Thank you for reading! 🙂