The Moment I Found Out I was Accepted To Medical School…

I was getting antsy. It had been over 2 weeks since my interview. 18 days to be exact. On my interview day, I and other interviewees had been told to expect an answer within 2 weeks. A guaranteed fast turn around. So then what was taking so long?


I casually glanced at my phone. No missed calls. It was 9:30 AM on a Friday, if I didn’t hear back today, it meant another long weekend. Now believe me, I was no stranger to waiting. I had waited almost 6 months to get a decision from a previous interview. This school, however, was different. A defined waiting period.

10:20 AM 

I glance down again. A missed call. One new voicemail. Both from a (614) area code.

OH MY GOSHHH!!!” I screamed in excitement! My coworker had been startled and looked at me now, worried.

Are you okay?

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh…” I continue to mutter incomprehensibly. My hands shaking as I called my voicemail.

“…I just wanted to let you know you’ve been accepted…” The voice on the other line said.

I immediately screamed.

I’ve been accepted!!! Oh my gosh!!” I jumped up and down ignoring the rest of the message. Two other coworkers rushed in, seeing me jumping up and down, they immediately knew.

Derin, congrats!!!

The squealing, hugging, and jumping up and down continued.

I had been accepted.


It felt surreal.


I wanted to cry, I wanted to laugh. I didn’t know what to do, but my coworkers were there and they understood how long of a process this had been for me. They understood. So they squealed and jumped up and down with me.

After they left, I played the voicemail over again. And again. And again. Then the flurry of texts to my parents, boyfriend, and close friends.

I had been accepted to medical school. Not just any medical school, but The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Wow!


It’s a conditional acceptance, and I’ld have to complete a one year program before beginning my first official year of medical school. Nevertheless, it’s still an acceptance. I’m going to be a DOCTOR! I’m going to be an Ohio State BUCKEYE!

I’m excited for the next 5 years, the lessons I’ll learn and the growth I’ll attain. It’s been a few weeks since I found out I was accepted, but that feeling of excitement is still the same. The journey continues!

Go Bucks!

18 thoughts on “The Moment I Found Out I was Accepted To Medical School…

  1. SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! i am at the end of my second year with one exam paper left (tomorrow) I can tell you its going to go quicker than you can ever imagine!!!!!!

    Good luck with everything, I know you will do great!

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  2. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I’m sincerely so happy for you! [: [: [: Seriously you’re my inspiration when I start the cycle next month. When you get a chance (after all your well-deserved celebrating), can you tell me a little bit about your program? Congrats again, Derin!!

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  3. Even though you’re at Ohio…(and I’m in Michigan)…. 😉

    CONGRATS, GIRL!!! I am so, so excited for what is in store for you in the next coming years. You’re going to kill it!! CONGRATS AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Hi. Do you realize that you actually radiated your excitement and feelings onto your readers ! I loved reading this post. I was also on a similar journey since 4 years and I used to replay an imaginary scene like this in my head throughout…but this year I decided to give up with a lot of pain..I know I’m a stranger but I’m so happy for you…congratulations girl !!!


  5. I don’t know whether you’ll get this, but I stumbled across your blog in church, “forgive me Lord.” And only med students and aspiring med students will understand, how this little field of medicine in comparison to God can be so consuming. So, to see this lovely blog and to here your awesome story makes me more confident to journey the arduous road as well. I’m a very non-traditional, but realized my love for medicine and caring for others at the age of 16. Things in between and then some, I’m back on the journey at 33. I’ve had many people in my family that have discouraged me from becoming a Doctor, but I’m encouraged by people like you. Thank you for sharing your story.


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