When I decided to become a doctor, I tried to frame this ambition within a pragmatic mindset. Instead of thinking about the realization of my plans as a "dream", I thought of it as a goal. I have a tendency to make things bigger than they actually are and so this helped me stay grounded and understand the feasibility of my objective. In the same way, I try to be less lofty and more practical when thinking about my motivation for pursuing medicine. For example, when people ask me why I want to be a doctor I tell them that it's because I want to be of service, I want to work in a stable profession, and that I want to be challenged. What I find more difficult to tell them is that I think the money and prestige would also be nice. The reasons I want to be a doctor are likely to change and this mutability leads me to believe that they are secondary to what I actually do to better myself today. To this end, I volunteer, and work as a special needs instructional aide, tutor, and respite worker to develop my capacity for service. I stay busy not for the sake of staying busy but as training for a medical career as well as a way to pay off my credit card debt. I would like to think that I will serve others when I am a doctor. But the reality is I don't know where I'll be after I graduate from medical school.
1. Apply Early
2. MCAT and GPA should take precendence over the rest of your application
3. MCAT: Take lots of MCAT Tests
4. GPA: RECORD lectures; show lab reports, essays, etc. to your TAs and Profs a few days before you turn them in to get their feedback
5. Extracurriculars: Take a look at the AMCAS primary application and a few secondary applications to motivate yourself and better plan your extracurricular activities