"Fall in love with boredom. Fall in love with repetition and practice. Fall in love with the process of what you do and let the results take care of themselves."
James Clear (via studentsoup)
Hey, everyone! Y’all have been asking a lot of questions lately! I love it! But sometimes I get things that are really similar, so I updated my page and added an “Answered Asks” link! Now you can go see if I have already answered the same question a little bit easier!
Anonymous asked: Is the school you wrote about in your post on being deferred one you got into? If not, did you get in eventually? Also, dumb question, but I get them mixed up: are you going to OSU or U of OK for med school? Good luck, you seem like such a hard worker!!
Yes, the school that deferred me is the one that admitted me in february! I am going to The University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Medicine! It’s the only MD program in the state and is located in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Step - I mean State- University (OSU) is a DO program and is located in Tulsa! Both are wonderful programs (I think OU is better, but I’m a little biased), it just depends on which route you want to go!
Thank you! Sometimes I think I’m not working very hard, but then I tell people everything that I’m doing and they always seem really impressed. I think I’ve just gotten so used to it that I don’t notice anymore…
Anonymous asked: How did you decide to join a sorority and what is it like to be in a sorority for someone who is also really passionate and driven academically? (I've grown up on the East Coast where there is ZERO talk of sororities, but I'll be going to a school next year where it's a decent-ish deal)
Well, I didn’t have a very good high school experience as far as friends went. I transferred right before 10th grade to a rival private school, so I was bullied a decent amount and it was hard to make friends. My mom convinced me to go through Panhellenic recruitment because she had in college and she had made the best friends ever, so I guess my mom kind of talked me in to it because I needed a good way to make friends, and it definitely helped me do that, along with a ton of other things!
Being in a sorority is a GREAT thing for someone who is really passionate and driven academically! The average GPA for students in sororities/fraternities is higher than students who are not in a sorority/fraternity! Also, it was so helpful to have older members that I could go to when I had a question! Almost all sororities have required study hours every week, sisters who will tutor you when you need it, and my sorority has a test file where we turn in our old tests/quizzes/labs so that others can use them to study! Heck, I left an entire binder full of my honors zoology notes for the next class! It’s been an amazing resource!
Anonymous asked: i didnt get any interview invites this year.... freaking out and thinking that maybe im not cut out to be a doctor. i have decent scores tho. im not going to give up. what do i do?
Ad coms don’t know anything. This is what you tell the ad coms that ignore you:
Sorry to hear you didn’t get any interviews, Anon. Don’t sweat it too much; I didn’t get in the first time I applied, and I’ve talked to a doc that had to apply seven times before he got in. So, it’s good you’re not giving up either!
I’m of the opinion that the difference between decent scores (decent = good?) and above average scores is basically negligible. Really good grades or MCAT might help you, but mostly numbers don’t help you get in, they just don’t keep you out. I guess I don’t know exactly what ‘decent’ is (you can go off anon and message me if you want more detail), but I think the most important thing is for re-applicants to improve their work experiences.
I’ll tell you a little bit about my experience applying and then tell you something that I wish someone would have told me when I was applying.
Anonymous asked: What kind of doctor do you want to be?
As of right now, I think I’d like to be a pediatric reconstructive plastic surgeon! That way I’d be able to work with Smile Train and Operation Smile and go overseas to help people who don’t have access to that type of health care!
Anonymous asked: Why did you decide to be a Classics minor?
Honestly, just because I liked it and I had the time. In the College of Arts and Sciences at my university, you have to take 3 semesters of a foreign language in order to fulfill your graduation requirement. While I recognized the practicality of Spanish, I never really liked it in high school. I wanted to take something that might benefit me in medical school, so I took Classical Greek instead and really ended up falling in love with it.
I came in to college with like, 21 credit hours, so if I didn’t pick up a minor I was probably going to graduate early, which I didn’t really want to do. I liked Greek enough to minor in it, and I have never regretted it! It wasn’t too hard to do after I took the required 3 semesters. A few independent studies and classes later, and I had it! Plus, I really love my Greek professor. He’s awesome.
Anonymous asked: What extracurricular did you do to get in the pre med program?
There aren’t any extracurriculars needed to be pre-med. I just declared it as part of my major when I enrolled as a freshman!