This is a true story. All of it. It was interview day. Myself and the other interviewees had been given a tour of the school and a presentation on how AMAZING the university and school of medicine is. Up next were the faculty and student interviews. I had the student interviewer first. He was a first … Continue reading That Time I Cried in My Med School Interview…
There are different paths to medical school, as seen through my blog. One path is through a program that offers conditional acceptance, such as Drexel's Pathway to Medical School Program (DPMS). Note: Their application deadline this year is April 24, 2015. Although having a strong science background, Ric, a 2nd year at Drexel Med, still encountered his … Continue reading Meet Ric – A 2nd Year Med Student at Drexel University
A few weeks ago, I was reflecting on my med school journey (as I often do), but this time getting frustrated. Why was my journey so different than I imagined it would be 6 years ago? In a matter of seconds, two words came to mind - curve balls. Yes, Derin, life is always going to … Continue reading Who Moved My Cheese?! – Reminiscing on Unexpected Changes
It's been a while since I've talked about my fitness endeavors but I've certainly been busy! This past weekend, I had the opportunity of speaking at an event, the "Be Empowered: Live Workshop and Network Event" hosted by On-Point Eventz. I spoke on embracing your passion and getting paid for it, and used my fitness experience as … Continue reading Get Fit and Fine with Dee!
It's that time of the year when I sit and reflect on the year - the highlights, the lessons learned, the challenges, and the celebratory moments. To do this, I use my journal and scan through the many months of writing, laughing, "oOoo'ing" and "Awww'ing" all through the exercise. It is in this moment I … Continue reading Reflecting on 2014: A Year of Greater
In a previous post, I mentioned that I recently joined the Memunatu Magazine team as a campaign manager for their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Just a brief synopsis, Memunatu is a classroom magazine for teenage girls in West Africa that promotes literacy, leadership, and empowerment. It was started in 2011 by two friends of mine, Mariama and Fatmata Kabia … Continue reading My First Radio Appearance: Impact Africa!
If there's one thing I have learned in this process, it is PATIENCE. For those of you also in this application process, I'm sure you can relate. Last year, a friend warned me that one of the most stressful part of this med school application process was actually AFTER the writing had concluded; it was … Continue reading Surviving The Wait: Med School Interview Invites
"Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. Your commitments can develop you or they can destroy you, but either way, they will define you." - Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren This is another post on my gap year chronicles. I did mention it was full of adventures right? Check out my post on "Teaching … Continue reading Just Call Me Coach D!
I really want to talk about the importance of Grit in achieving your goals. For all my folks on this pre-health journey, I'm sure you can relate. If you were ever an athlete or ever had to overcome adversity to accomplish a goal, well then you're most likely familiar with this term: Grit "Grit is … Continue reading Grit: You Better Get You Some!
Taking a gap year has its advantages. It's certainly not for everyone but this period is invaluable in allowing you to mature as an individual, explore your passions, and better yourself - which has definitely been my case. My gap year has been full of many adventures - gaining more research experience, two Spartan obstacle races, … Continue reading Teaching My First College Seminar – “Say No to the Freshman 15!”