Big News from the Big House!
Today I want to share some big and exciting news! I will be starting a post-baccalaureate/pre medical program at The University of Michigan this Spring! The program will prepare me for medical school and for a future career as a physician!
It feels like it has been a long journey for me to get to the place where I made the decision to pursue this goal, but I'm happy that I'm finally beginning. I've always been interested in working with people, and the research and volunteer experiences I've had throughout college made this desire even stronger. Working with people especially those coming from challenging backgrounds, ignited this interest and I'm now at a place in my life where I feel confident enough to tackle the challenging curriculum and steps needed to successfully get into a medical school program.
Being a "non-traditional" student who majored in English/Creative Writing and Psychology with a minor in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies was by no means a deterrent. In fact studying such a broad range of subjects and having the opportunity to gain experiences outside of what the traditional pre-med student might have, has helped expand my worldview and given me valuable skills that will help me when I'm a doctor. It will also help that I'm going to be a little older and mature when starting medical school. If any readers have an interest in post-baccalaureate/pre-med programs I'm happy to answer any questions!
Beginning this journey really drives the point for me that it's never too late to pursue a goal that you've set for yourself. It's easy to look at other people's paths and get discouraged because you feel like you're way behind and you're always going to be trying to catch up, but the only path that matters is your own. Whatever passion or goal that you have in mind, with dedication and the knowledge that it's not going to be easy, you can achieve.
I'm incredibly excited and have begun to prepare myself for the commitment that lies ahead! It also helps to have a wonderful family, boyfriend, and advisor who are all supportive in helping me achieve this goal. There is also a wonderful online community of women who are in different places in their medical careers whose blogs inspire me. They offer so much advice about the ins and outs of medicine covering everything from MCAT, Board Exams, to matching into a residency program, and what it's like to work as a physician day to day. I'll include the links to some of my favorites below:
- Dr. Laura Scott of A Little Bit of Lacquer
- Dr. Vania Manipod of Freud and Fashion
- Dr. Cassie Majestic @dr.majestic_md
- Farrah thevoguemd
- Anum (medical student) of A Healer's Heart
- Racquel (medical student) of Mindful of Medicine
- Dr. Elyse Love of Love and the Sky
- Dr. Joyce of Tea with MD
- Dr. Sandra Lee aka Dr. Pimple Popper
I'm by no means an expert (yet) but I would like to continue sharing things that I find helpful as I go through the whole post-bac and medical school application cycle. Please feel free to contact me with any questions! I'd love to hear more about any goals or passions that you have below in the comments.