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My Long and Winding Road to Pursuing my Medical Degree

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posted on 28.04.2022, 21:03 authored by Bailee WistisenBailee Wistisen

On my journey to medical school, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of literature on how to get the “perfect” MCAT score or the fail-proof way to get a 4.0 during one’s undergraduate studies. I felt this literature was just laughing in my face, telling me I wasn’t good enough for medical school. This doesn’t even bring up the countless videos I would see on my YouTube feed of people who got into medical school by being top 5% in every aspect of their applications. How did I surmount these foreboding challenges? Who was like me, a very good but imperfect all-around student who found her life’s passion in medicine, not a “robo-student” with perfect grades and test scores? I wanted someone who would tell me real stories about how they struggled, how their GPA wasn’t perfect, and their MCAT score wasn't exceptional. I soon realized that few write about the typical, ordinary good students who populate much of the medical school classes, so I decided to share my story: that of someone who wants to study medicine and be a doctor, but who few would call “extraordinary.” I was simply going to have to write them myself. I couldn’t be the only undergraduate in a sea of Pre-med students who wanted to hear that someone else out there was going through similar struggles. I have chosen to tell my story, to show future med students that every day and everyone isn't perfect and that taking this path can be challenging.  

History

Advisor

Marks, Clifford

Degree

Bachelor's

Graduation date

14/05/2022

ISO

eng

Language

English

Publisher

University of Wyoming. Libraries

Department

  • Creative Writing - CW
  • Health Education - HLED
  • Higher Education - HIED
  • Human Medicine - HM