“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” – Maya Angelou This quote is what drives me to get out of bed each morning and make the world a little brighter each day. As the title above implies, volunteer work, even outside of medicine, is very important in one’s application to PA school (and medical … More The Importance of Volunteer Work (and Giving Yourself Credit)
It has been some time since my last post, and that’s because so much has changed I couldn’t quite keep up. First off, I’ve finally done it… no more anonymity… a whole new me! If you’ve noticed, I’ve now done away with the pseudonym and have introduced myself officially. Over the past few months, I’ve … More Realizing the Dream: Choosing the PA route
A few years ago when I was taking a Zoology class, I had to do a report on adaptations of a unique animal. My partner and I choose the mimic octopus. We had such a thorough and interesting lecture, we were invited to be a guest lecturer at our junior college’s Science Colloquium lecture series. … More My Time as a Guest Lecturer
It’s officially 48 hours since a finished my interview at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV! That means I’ve replayed all the minute details in my head about 96 times and while I think the interview and situational assessments went well, I keep thinking about how I could have done better. However, … More Adventures at WVSOM: Medical School Interview Edition!
1 week till interview! Today marks exactly 1 week until I leave for my interview at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). Where did the time go?! There still so much left on my To-Do list I have my suit, but I found out the other day that the shoes are a bit tight. … More Countdown to Interview at WVSOM
I woke up on a rainy Friday morning with my cat curled up next to me. After the “I am iron man” alarm ring went off, neither of us wanted to leave the warmth of the sheets. Eventually, I scrambled around for my glasses and hurried to get ready for work. Sad that I couldn’t … More The day I got my first Interview Invite!
It has been a few weeks since I’ve completed my secondary applications. That’s a total of 15 secondaries each with an average of 5-8 essays each. When discussing my writing with my pre-med advisors and others who helped proofread, each of them kept reminding me that, though I can explain each activity I did beautifully … More Surviving the Wait for Interviews #lifeintheinterviewgap
Applying to medical school is like a roller coaster. You start by doing all the work going up the first big hill filling out your primary applications. Then when you hit send and drain your bank account, there’s a rush and wind in your hair as you throw your hands up letting the admissions teams … More The Secondary Application Roller Coaster
May 1st the application opened as it does every year and finally, I can see what it all looks like. I’m applying to both MD and DO programs this cycle and praying that I get offered an interview. I don’t feel my strengths present well on paper, I’m much more than a list of numbers … More Starting the Medical School Application: DO vs MD
Happy National Doctor Day! If you haven’t realized by now, the path toward medicine is especially stressful and it leads to a stressful career. However, don’t let that drag you down! It is VERY VERY VEEEEERY important to find a way to destress every day. Even if you are the tiniest medically inclined, it … More Ways to Destress as a Pre-Med – Happy National Doctor Day