Saturday, 10 March 2012

What will I do this summer if I am accepted into UBC medical school?

Spectacular view of aurora borealis in northern BC


It is no secret that I’m a small town girl, born in raised in a remote community in northern BC, and that I am proud of where I come from. Medicine is more than simply a subject I’ve developed an interest in: medicine is a tool that can be used in order to benefit my community.

I will admit that living in the north can be difficult: we don’t have as many resources available to us as our urban counterparts, and we can feel isolated at times. In spite of this, rural living can inspire one to become a leader in his or her community. Above all, these skills can allow individuals to make a lasting and much needed impact.

With that said, if I am accepted to UBC medical school, this summer I would like to return to my hometown and inform secondary school students about post-secondary education. I would also like to discuss my experience attending a northern university, and how the medical school application system works for those who have a passion for medicine. It is important to me to make clear that where you grow up does not alone determine success in academia: rather, understanding how the process works and the opportunities available are vital in understanding and achieving one's goals.

In retrospect, I acknowledge that I was not realistic in my academic goals. I had no one to talk to in my hometown about what university was like, let alone what the road to medical school would be. Our information was out of date and university was much more of a dream to me than a reality. 

Now, my hometown is very industry-minded, and not academically focused, so the support was lacking. The closest university from my hometown is 7 hours away, and even though the internet is a wonderful medium to find relevant information, I found it difficult to even know where to begin searching for resources. Consequently, I had a very rocky start that could have been very much smoother had I been better informed and prepared.

Yes, I'd also like to take some time to travel, and if I am accepted I’d like to celebrate and enjoy the coming summer with my family. But, more importantly, youth in northern communities need to become realistically educated about what post-secondary academia is like, and I want to help them start their own journeys. 

6 comments:

  1. Best of luck Cerena!!!! Here's hoping to this post become reality in just over 2 months!!! :)

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  2. ^that

    I'd love to hear more about just how you plan to go about this. I find the same thing where I am, but since I'm not really willing to disclose my plans to a lot of people around here, especially the youth I work with, it can be hard to figure out exactly how to do it.

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  3. Kyla,

    Have you discussed this with your local high school? And what would your goals be? Would you simply like to talk about your experiences in post-secondary education? And not necessarily your goals for medicine? Because I think it might be a good idea to talk to the university you attended and see first of all, if you can obtain pamphlets that goes over the various types of undergraduate programs they have. I am thinking of doing this regardless of whether or not I am accepted, because I believe you can act as an ambassador for the school you attended. And then, from there, you can hold an information session with the students.

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  4. Awesome post. I know exactly what you're saying and how you feel. I could have written all of this myself as I am in that exact situation. It makes me happy to know others like me are out there. I'm rooting for ya.

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  5. Thanks, Andrea. It's always a good feeling you can connect with others.
    Best wishes to you as well.

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