Holy cow! I got into Medical School!

SAMSUNGHello my eager MCAT students! Today I want to share with you my story of the magical day that will hopefully happen for you within the next few months- the day I got accepted to medical school.

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?

On that note, I hope your MCAT studying today goes really well. In a few months, ideally,  you will realize that every hour you spend studying is absolutely worth it.
Happy studying!
  • Amina Ahmad-Rahman

    Very inspiring, definitely something to hope and look forward to, whenever studying brings you to an all time low.

    • Emily Hause

      Thanks Amina! It was always my inspiration when I was studying. When I got really crabby, I just imagined the moment when I got my acceptance and it finally happened! I hope it happens soon for you!

  • Jenn

    Awesome!!! So happy for you!!! Very inspiring :)

    • Emily Hause

      Thanks Jenn!

  • Edith Castro

    Very inspiring, congratulations on getting in! so exciting :)

    • Emily Hause

      Thanks Edith!

  • Shibrika Pansy

    Hello Emily,

    I am so excited for you and I love reading your inspiring articles. Congrats on your recent acceptance. Awesome!

    • Emily Hause

      Hi Shibrika,
      Thanks for reading and for the congrats! It can happen for you too!

  • tyn

    Thank you so much for posting this. So encouraging.

    • Emily Hause

      You’re welcome! Thanks for reading!

  • j1969

    Emily, congratulations! My daughter recently completed her med school application and is working on her secondary applications. It’s so much work and I wish you the best.

    • Emily Hause

      Thanks! Good luck to your daughter! If she has questions, definitely don’t feel shy to contact me.

  • Jordan

    Good luck and thanks for the encouragement! Hopefully this will be me next year!

    • Emily Hause

      You’re welcome Jordan! I hope that it’s you next year as well! Best wishes!

  • Terrence O’Keith Bassett II

    Very Awesome and super inspiring. I know my co-workers will really think I’ve lost it once I get my letter! Thanks for the words of encouragement.

    • Emily Hause

      You’re very welcome Terrence! My fingers are crossed for you and your acceptance!

  • Raquel 411

    Congratulations – I also remember the day I got in to medical school, and I too was very excited! But when you talk about being “burnt out, exhausted, and wondering if this is worth it” just wait until you are actually in medical school, and then you go through residency (and maybe fellowship) and then you are in practice. And just remember for the rest of your life you will be taking these board exams! So get used to the test taking. Even once you are through all of your licensing and Board exams, Board certified MD’s take exams for recertification every ten years. Imagine yourself in decades to come…paying for those exams, and taking time away from your practice, family, and friends to pass yet another exam. Welcome to medicine.

    • Emily Hause

      Hi Raquel, thanks! I know that medical school is a lot of work, but when I speak about being burnt out and exhausted I’m referring to having applied three times and not gotten in. It’s very discouraging! As far as tests goes, I’m actually a huge nerd who loves standardized tests. Thanks for the welcome!

  • Sud1

    Congratulations Emily. In your about paragraph I notice “When not attempting to save the world….”. As a physician who graduated almost 30 years ago I suggest your earliest lesson be that the world does not wish to be saved. You will be much happier for it. And if not now, then one day you will understand what I mean.

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    • Emily Hause

      Hi Sud,
      I appreciate the advice! My “saving the world” is a bit tongue-in-cheek. I’m not trying to save the world so much as have a positive impact, even if it’s small. Thanks for reading!

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  • Anon

    Why are people so secretive about what school they got into?

    • Stephanie

      I wonder that as well… perhaps they don’t want others to start judging them or thinking how did you get in?! This leads to impostor syndrome

  • Oncodoc2014

    Super encouraging. I applied in 2013, and all I have been getting are rejection emails, but I am a first time applicant. I’m still waiting on responses from schools, but haven’t gotten on interview yet. I have really been super distressed. I’m also in my 30s, married and work full time so I don’t have much more time, money or energy to continue with this process. I admire your persistence. It actually brought me to tears that it finally paid off for you. I hope and pray that you will be a successful medical student and doctor. Thank you for sharing your honest and beautiful story with us. I might actually consider try again if things don’t work out for me this year.

    • Emily Hause

      Thanks Oncodoc! I’m glad that I could share my story. It was exhausting and difficult for me, so I know how hard it is for others.
      Best wishes and good luck in your med school quest!

  • Stephanie

    Congratulations! How was your first year?

    • Emily Hause

      Hi Stephanie, first year was awesome! It had its ups and downs, but I’m sure that I’m in the right place.


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