I am a miracle made up of particles and in this existence I'll stay persistent and I'll make a difference and I will have lived it - Medicine for the People


Monday, March 4, 2013

I want to be a doctor one day. I say this with a conviction I never used to feel about anything until I decided I wanted to go to medical school. I graduated from Boston University May 2010 with a B.S. in Print Journalism and a hazy plan to take the LSAT and apply to law school in a year or so because honestly, what else can you do with a print journalism degree? Instead I found myself enrolling in a post-baccalaureate health careers program the next summer and am now preparing to take the MCAT. It’s been a crazy adventure so far and it’s not even close to being over. I’ve had to take out extra student loans and then deal with the stress of needing to find a job when I didn’t have enough money to pay rent. I became an author on my first scientific research paper and was told that I “thought like a scientist” for the first time in my life. I volunteered at a hospital and for a grassroots humanitarian organization. I learned a year of chemistry in eight weeks and had to drop out of physics one semester because I couldn’t handle three classes and 40 hours of work a week. There are times when I feel like I’m not smart enough or it’s too difficult or I don’t have what it takes but when thoughts like that darken my mind I am reminded that “failure is not fatal…it’s the courage to continue that counts” (Winston Churchill). So whether you’re a med school hopeful, a current med student, a doctor, or just a curious reader, I invite you to come along on my journey from the newsroom to the operating room.


Anonymous said...

I love this eloquently written introduction. I'm so glad to have stumbled upon your blog, and I cannot thank you enough for sharing your experiences with the world.

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