Sunday, 28 August 2011

The "PAUSE" button is on

You have decided to apply to medical school. Either, this is your first time applying or you are a repeat applicant (nice to meet you - we are in the same club). You decide to look at the application timelines, provided for you on the admissions websites of the school(s) you are applying to. Let's look at "School A" just for fun. You submitted your application in August, just in time to meet the application deadline. Everything has been taken care of - MCAT scores, transcripts, verifiers... it's all been covered, in a thin, warm blanket of caution. Only one thing worries you now. You have to wait until November to see if you will be interviewed.

The uncertainties plague you:
"What if I do not get an interview?"

"What if this was all a waste?"

"Am I smart enough to get in?"

"What's going to happen to the stethoscope my sister gave me?"

"Am I tall enough to get in?"

Okay, so the last two are Cerena specific. But still! All the uncertainties. They are frightening. The best way to combat this while living life on "pause" is to keep busy. Honestly, simply, and truly. I have been rejected in the past. Life goes on, I assure you. It is very important to have a backup plan. I'm not telling you to lose faith in yourself. I'm quite sure that you all can become great doctors in the future. But, until then it is so important not to lose yourself along the way.

Medical school isn't everything. They are so many ways to share your gifts and talents (many of which you haven't even unveiled yet). You can pursue a master's degree, take on a job that you love, or join local clubs for your cause. Just don't become so obsessed with medical school admissions that it interferes with your life. It's not worth the stress.

With any other major life decision, I've found that the bigger the decision the more stress that comes with it. This is only natural. The trick is to balance things out, even though the "pause" button is turned on. Stay happy, stay healthy, and until you get the news from medical schools, be the best person you can possibly be.



  1. I'll take the stethoscope.

  2. It's baby blue. I'll hold onto it as long as I can <3

  3. Don't worry I am sure you will eventually put it to good use!

  4. Aw, thanks ABS! How kind are you? :)

  5. This is exactly what I needed to read right now. Thanks Cerena :)


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