Holy cow! I got into Medical School!
June 28, 2013
As a veteran of the application and interview process, I did not have high hopes after my round of fall interviews. I knew that I had gotten wait-listed at two schools already. I was feeling pretty glum pre-holiday season because I was not looking forward to telling a plethora of family members that I was wait-listed yet again.
Then on December 12, (12/12/12 for those of you paying attention) I woke up in a really great mood. There was no reason for it, but I told everyone I saw that day that I was just in an awesome mood. Then, at 11:23 AM, I got the email that I had been hoping for for years. I re-read it approximately ten times before the meaning of the text sunk in. There was no, “we regret to inform you” or “thanks for your application but” anywhere in the email. I checked twice to make sure that it was really my name at the top. Then I screamed. Loudly. In my office.
After screaming, victory dancing in my office, and explaining to my worried co-workers why I was screaming like a crazy person, I promptly called and texted approximately every person I have ever met. My parents cried and my best friends jumped and down on street corners on my behalf. Hugs happened.
Then I had a realization. Everything I had done up until that point was suddenly worth it. The hours I had spent studying for the MCAT, the money I spent on primary and secondary applications, the tears I had shed during previous failed attempts, all of the hours I spent working, volunteering and multi-tasking to become an excellent applicant were all justified. I had achieved my goal!
So, if anywhere in the process, you find yourself burnt out, exhausted and wondering if any of this is worth it, imagine the day that you get your acceptance letter. Where will you be? Who will be the first person you call? How much of a jumping, screaming, excited mess will you turn into?
Emily has been a teacher for Kaplan for over six years; she's taught MCAT, ACT, SAT, SAT2 and tutored pretty much every subject under the sun in both the classroom and live online (aka Classroom Anywhere) settings. She's also worked for Kaplan in content development and teacher mentorship roles. Emily is currently a second-year medical student at the University of Colorado and is hoping to go into Pediatrics. She's involved in many campus opportunities such as being a Prospective Student Representative, admissions committee member, CU-UNITE member, and co-president of the Education and Teaching Interest Group. Prior to medical school, Emily got a BA in Biochemistry and Spanish from Lawrence University and a Masters in Public Health- Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Emily enjoys dancing, baking, playing tennis and exploring her new Colorado home.