What will you do?
A common question among aspiring medical students. A question that everyone is asked by other students, teachers, family, and by themselves. And I can tell you that it's asked more and more the closer judgment day approaches. But what if you don't get in?
What if every single school you apply to rejects you? What if you score a few interviews but never get the thumbs up from anyone?
I've kind of dismissively answered before on this blog. "I don't want to do anything else. If I don't get in, I'll get a job, and apply again next year and the year after that." I say dismissive because at some point reality has to come into play.
I mean it when I say that I don't want to do anything else.
The first reality check occurs when you start hearing about the class that graduated a year ahead of you and you hear success and failure stories alike. It occurs when you start hearing about other students that had better grades than you did, were generally known to be one of the "smarter students", and they still didn't get in.
"If they couldn't get in, how can I?"
Judgment day is getting closer and I take another look at my back-up plan:
- Send applications to as many schools that I can afford.
- If I get rejected, get a paid-job doing research or as an ER Tech. Take the MCAT again if my scores were poor and apply again. And this time consider applying to schools with D.O. programs.
- If I get rejected a second time, consider going going back into school for a Master's Degree. Apply a third time.
A few things to note:
- A lot of people do not get accepted into medical school their first time.
- Getting a Master's Degree is a proven way to make up for a poor GPA. You may rack up 2 more years of debt, it may take 2 more years of your life, and it's something that I've said I wouldn't do (at my already 25 years of age)... but that was just me thinking positively and thinking aloud.
Some of my friends have decided to not apply to medical school. One of them was originally thinking of dental school and is now seriously thinking of pharmacy. Another was still undecided on either graduate school or medical school. And another was never certain about medical school in the first place. (At least not any of the times I asked her.)
But there's a difference between them and me: I don't want to do anything else.
Now, I'm in no way calling any of them stupid. Their GPA's are either higher or equal to mine. But that's not the point. This is the only thing I've been thinking about the last 4 years.
What will you do?