A first-generation high school graduate, college graduate, and now medical student, Jessica certainly has an inspiring story! Born to Mexican immigrants, she serves as a role model not only to her family members but to people in her community. She's a good friend and classmate of mine who recently started Inspire Hope, a YouTube channel targeting … Continue reading Meet Jessica – A 1st Year Med Student at The Ohio State University
Yesterday was a BIG day for me. How big, you ask? FLIPPING BIG! Yesterday, the MCAT scores were released *GASPS!* Yes, I know. This is major. As you all know, one of the requirements for my conditional acceptance into medical school was retaking the MCAT. The date was scheduled for us, fixed, with no chance of … Continue reading Reaction video: It’s official!
Second semester is in full swing and the grind is REAL. Before I get into all that in a later post, I'ld like to provide some insight into what first semester was like. Particularly for those interested in the OSU MEDPATH program - I believe the applications are due end of this week! As I've … Continue reading First Semester Reflections
Happy New Year! I realize this is a bit late considering we're already 8 days in - let's just ignore that tidbit. First semester flew by fast! I'll be writing a reflection post on that shortly. The post will include details on the classes I took, the challenges along the way, how I studied for … Continue reading Happy New Year + Goal Setting
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
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
Hey Y'all! I received an email about this program and I figured I'ld share with my younger readers. You don't have to be a Penn undergraduate, so if you meet the eligibility criteria, I encourage you to apply! I personally did not do the program, but it definitely seems like a GREAT opportunity. Check out … Continue reading Perelman School of Medicine 2015 Summer Pre-Med Enrichment Program for URM Students
As mentioned in a previous post, writing is one of the strategies I use to manage stress. It allows me to release the emotions I am feeling and reflect on the situation at hand. Last summer, I spent the entire 3-4 months self studying for my first MCAT exam. I moved back home to rural … Continue reading A Dose of Encouragement
The medical school application process can be very stressful. In addition to the overwhelming amount of writing - whether it be the personal statement or the flood of secondaries, there are also the "what ifs", feelings of inadequacy, and the loneliness of the process. There is no doubt that the application cycle can be a mental battle of … Continue reading Strategies For Managing The Stress of The Application Process
So AMCAS finally processed my last transcript yesterday! It took almost 10 days. Yet again why it's important to send your transcripts ahead of time. I turned in my app on June 3rd and this 2nd transcript was mailed on that day as well. Now that I'm ready for review, up next is the long … Continue reading Ready for Review!