2018 has already been a crazy year so far, so full of ups and downs! Work has been stressful lately, which made me lose my motivation to blog and continue my fitness journey. But all these negative attitudes I was having was instantly replaced by the BEST NEWS that I have ever gotten: I AM GOING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL!! Becoming a physician is no longer a farfetched dream of mine, it is an ultimate goal, a goal that I will never stop chasing until I am that individual a patient looks to for reassurance in the midst of an examination room. For those who are losing motivation, I am here to tell you my story, and hopefully help you guys retrieve some inspiration.
With chronic health problems as a kid, I looked to my doctors for assurance. When they looked at me, they did not see a sick patient, they allowed me to gain happy memories despite being hospitalized months at a time.
Throughout middle school/early high school, I had ZERO motivation to do well academically. I disobeyed my parents and went out with my friends as much as I wanted to. When I moved to the United States at the age of 16, the culture shock made me realize that I needed to work hard in order to succeed. That was when I fell in love with ANATOMY in High School. Learning about body structures and functions were fascinating to me as I was amazed at how every organ has to work together in order for us to perform simple daily activities.
4 years of college were the hardest and yet happiest years of my life.
Freshman year was the year I met my soulmate. I met my best friends.
As a Biology major, I was introduced to Biology and Chemistry classes. Since they were beginner classes, I managed to maintain straight As throughout my first year. It was the first year that I finally knew what freedom felt like. No parents around to tell me I cannot date boys, or have sleepovers, or go out with my friends.. It was the best!! Not going to lie, I partied a lot. and pulled all-nighters having fun with my friends.
Sophomore year felt like a slap in the face. I went from getting straight As to getting my first B in Organic Chemistry. Even though my 4.0GPA was ruined forever, to this day Organic Chem is still my favorite class. I love the concepts, and I love how it requires so much critical thinking. Sophomore year was when I realized how much studying was required as a Pre-Medical student. My love for partying died down as I spent most nights studying and assessing practice problems instead. Sophomore year was also the year I accomplished the most extracurricular activities. I volunteered at a homeless shelter, hospital, residential home. I joined a few pre-medical clubs, and one social club. I joined a research lab while partaking as a research assistant a few hours a week.
Junior year was easier. I continued to volunteer and partake in non profit organizations. I built up my leadership skills as I taught a laboratory Biology class. I took PHYSICS which I immediately realized that it was the my hated class. I continued to spend countless hours studying and aiming for the best grades possible.
Senior year was bittersweet. I said goodbye to my best friends, my wonderful school that gave me these priceless memories, professors who encouraged me, and my organization that I served. Senior year was also the time for the most dreaded Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Now that the MCAT is behind me, I can honestly say that this 7 hour exam was the hardest thing that I have ever gone through. I spent one whole month studying for at least 9hours a day (mostly 11+ hours) and a few months studying a couple of hours a day while still taking additional classes. On a good day, I would head to the library or coffee shop. On a bad day, I would literally lock myself in my room and not allowing myself to see daylight until I understood a certain concept. This exam not only tests for knowledge, but also endurance. I took the MCAT on June 1st, 2017 and even after months of studying, I sadly did not achieve the score that I wanted…
With my non-optimal scores, I went ahead and applied to medical school anyway. The moment I found out the good news, all the late night studying, all the tears I shred, and all the sacrifices I made to become a competitive applicant instantly became 100% worth it. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
For those who are struggling, I promise you that hard work WILL pay off. If you continue reaching and never giving up, there will ALWAYS be a light at the end of the tunnel. I wish all of you best of luck and SUBSCRIBE if you are interested in more motivational blogs like this!
Cheating Death is a New York Times Bestseller that I highly highly recommend. It talks about individuals having out-of-body experiences while their bodies are on the surgical table. It talks about true natures of life and death.
I love you all. Have a blessed day and don’t forget to look for your daily dose of happiness~ ❤
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