The application process was brutal, well I thought so. It was an emotional rollercoaster from waiting for secondaries to waiting for an interview invite to eventually waiting to hear back on whether you were accepted, rejected, or waitlisted. It really messes up your psyche.
I began this journey with a plan carefully laid out for myself and during my application cycle I learned the hard way that the plan I had for myself was destined for an edit. In the beginning I was distraught when I got waitlisted and later rejected from my first choice. I remember thinking that I had failed myself and even my family. As dramatic as that my seem, I had a vision for myself and I didn't seem to achieve what I thought I needed. I kept fixating on what I didn't have and ignored the two acceptance I already had before me.
During this time I spoke to a mentor of mine, who is a physician that I admire so greatly. Having someone to share my frustrations with and who understood the process was tremendously helpful. I remember calling him and telling him that I got accepted to his alma mater when he said "how does it feel to be a medical student now!" mind you I didn't actually start med school yet, but just hearing him say that I immediately felt this rush of excitement like "wow" your girl finally did it.
Looking back to where I was in the beginning of the cycle and to where I am now, I can tell that this process has changed me for the better. It strengthened me spiritually, because it showed me that God had a better plan for me than I could have ever imagined. This journey is not a walk in the park as many of you may already know, but it is achievable and worth it in the end.
For anyone going through this process here are some things I wish someone told me going in:
1. BREATHE BREATHE BREATHE.
Self-care is crucial during this time, no matter what happens take care of your mind and treasure your sanity.
2. Keep an OPEN mind.
You might not get your plan A and your plan A might not be the best for you, so keep an open mind and have faith that there is a higher power looking out for you.
3. Chill your going to be DOCTOR!
Medicine is not a race. If you want to be a doctor, you will get there.
If you want to know the details of applying to med school like what needs to be in the application and things like that let me know and I will do a post on that!