Thursday, October 25, 2012

Age 24: Applications

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by Dr. Margaret Aranda

Most of my friends were interviewing at 40 different medical schools. They submitted Applications, replete with their Personal Statements.  The Personal Statement was an essay that was to fill one page.  In it, was the life story of each medical student.  What compelled them to try to be a doctor. There was a story that once, a pre-med student simply drew a picture of Mickey Mouse on his Personal Statement (with no composition), and later got accepted to medical school.

I didn't believe that story.  I wrote 200 revisions of my Statement, knowing that it was all-important.  I gave a copy to my teachers, my Counselor, my friends, my co-workers, my family.  I changed it here and there.  I think my writing skills helped me to write a good Statement, and here the enlightenment came that I was good at writing.  All my pre-medical school friends asked me to help them write their statements.  I fixed the grammar, lightened up the color, gave substance and form.

I sent Applications to 17 different programs, most of them in California.  I interviewed in San Diego for the Medical Scientist Training Program, which would have been a 6-year Program for both my M.D. and Ph.D.  I would have liked a Ph.D. in Immunology.  I also interviewed at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine, Stanford, and University of California at Davis, amongst others.

I prayed that I would only get accepted to one school, because I wanted God to guide me.

I prayed and I waited to get accepted.

I just waited.


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  1. Ooh, a cliffhanger ending! Can't wait to hear what happened, whether you had a choice, how you decided!
    Jane Ann


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