“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)
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!
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
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
The MCAT is the Medical School Admissions Test for those just starting out. It is a lovely 7 hour test that you should set aside 3 solid months with endless nights studying, stressing, and worrying. It’s the test every doctor I’ve shadowed has had some piece of advice about. With so many physicians out there … More Studying for the MCAT: Part 1
Right after transferring to UCDavis I became a Campus Tour Guide. My official title was “Campus Ambassador” which sounds so much cooler. 🙂 One month of training walking backwards and practicing a 20-page script in the sun and the rain was worth the nearly 2 solid years building up my calf muscles on the 3-mile … More End of the Campus Job Era
There are 3 Main branches of medical schools to think about before applying to medschool and the consideration of going to PA school. Traditionally, most people tend to only think about allopathic med schools where they would get a degree as an MD or Medical Doctor. However, Osteopathic and podiatric school offer the same training … More MD, DO, DPM, PA… What to choose?
Beautiful Boy By: David Sheff It will be so frustrating at first but as you follow the story of an addict through the thoughts of a caring father you learn his point of view. This book helped me understand the emotion/feeling of helplessness and how a father who doesn’t know what to do will do … More Books Every Pre-Med Should Read