When I started this blog, I intended to update every week, but I found myself so busy with things that life seems to be sweeping me off my feet. This post might be more of a 'random update' that'll count for the past few weeks....Many people may not understand the difficulty in applying to medical school unless they go through it themself. I am personally going through applying to 20 medical schools...Crunch the numbers:
20 total: 5 through TMDSAS (Texas medical schools), 5 through AMCAS (national medical schools), 10 through AACOM (osteopathic physicians)...that's a total of 3 applications which are very extensive and thorough, with 20 secondary applications, one for each school.
One thing I noticed was how each med school app clearly reiterates that all activities written are to be "since high school". It makes me realize how much we all get a clean slate when we go to college. I couldn't even use any of my high school and middle school recommendations, though I had worked hard for them. Like a Catch-22, high school information and recommendations would harm my application more than harm it.
I feel like warning the younger generation the importance of staying active in college. I can surely name off a few people who were involved in their high school years in things like HOSA, NHS, and Student Congress, but when they get to college, they fail to continue showing their leadership. My little brother and sister already know about it: I've told them how we all get a clean slate (for the most part) at each stage. I can only be glad that I've kept up my part since my high school years, or else I wouldn't have anything to put on my application.
In closing, I don't mind doing multiple applications because I know it's something that we just have to push through, much like a means to an end. I have the attitude of "just get 'er done" and accomplish what I want to do. Sometimes we also feel like we're uncertain of our future. I am one of those people. My thoughts are set on getting into medical school, but the reality remains true for all of us applying: if there's only a few of us getting in, then who's not going to get in? We need to just put our best foot forward and wait for the sunshine after the storm- our acceptance letters. I find life like a tornado: we're whirled around and just sped through it until it's all calm.