I did it.
I deactivated my Facebook.
Yes, I’m one of those people who’s deactivated her Facebook numerous times.
Each time I have solid, valid reasons.
And each time, I’m back within a week.
But not this time.
I’m not getting back on until January.
Just to clarify, I really like Facebook. I’m one of those people who loves the Timeline feature and all that jazz.
But I also love the Amish…and they don’t use/need Facebook, so why should I? 🙂
In other news, for those of you who are interested in my med school application process:
I’ve received a handful of secondary apps.
Here’s a rundown of the process:
Decide you want to be a doctor (or at least pre-med at this point)
Take the prerequisite courses (Bio, Chem, Orgo, Physics, etc.)
Study, study, study for the MCAT
Take as many AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) practice tests as you possibly can.
Review every single question from the practice tests.
Go take the MCAT as early as possible.
Come home relieved that you’re done.
Wait 30ish days for the results.
While you’re waiting, start writing your personal statement and working on your AMCAS app.
Have your university send your transcripts to AMCAS.
Hold your breath, pray, and click to see your results.
Breathe a huge sigh of relief, thank the Lord, and get excited that the MCAT is behind you!
(Or if you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped, then just relax and remind yourself a test is just a test…it’s not the end of the world. Give yourself a few days to breathe and then go back to preparing to re-take the test)
Hopefully by this time you’ve got a decent rough draft of your personal statement. Give it to people to proofread: current med students, medical school faculty, family, friends, doctors. Take their suggestions, but make sure this statement reflects YOU.
Look into different med schools and pick out a wide variety (unless you’ve got a 4.0, 45T, outstanding experience, and the best personality ever…then I suppose you can get away with applying only to your dream school) for your app.
Finalize that med school app and submit as early as possible!
Take a breather and wait for your app to be processed and verified.
After being verified, the app will be sent to all the schools you listed and most (if not all) will send you a secondary app.
The secondary app involves some fee and usually information specific to the school. They want to know why you picked them out, what you bring to the table, how you fit in with their goals/values. Most of the secondaries have essays but they’re shorter than a personal statement. You also need to submit Letters of Recommendation, but this could have been done earlier when you turned in your med school app (AMCAS will send the LoR to all the schools you designate).
After they receive your secondary app and fee, your application is considered complete and the school’s admissions committee will review it.
If they like the person you appear to be on paper, and if you have the scores they want, then they will invite you for an interview. This is so med schools can match a face/personality with the name/scores/essays (actually, some secondary apps involve you sending a picture of yourself).
After the interview, hopefully you’ll start hearing from med schools that you have been…
At this point, they expect you to put down a deposit if you want to accept their offer. Theoretically, if you get multiple offers, you could put down deposits at multiple schools. Keep in mind that all this money starts adding up…so only apply to where you would actually want to go. Initially, your offers are all kept private (meaning that Yale can’t see you’ve placed a deposit for their offer and for Harvard’s and Stanford’s…they can only see that you’ve put down a deposit for their school). At some date (in the spring of the your matriculation year…aka if you’re going to start med school in August 2013, it would be the spring of 2013), all the offers are made public and med schools can see who they’re competing with to have you as their med student.
There’s some date when you need to officially decide where you will be attending med school.
But I’m not at that point yet, so I don’t know the official date…
I’m at the point where I’ve received secondary apps and I need to fill them out.
Exciting times! Good thing I LOVE writing!
So far, my favorite question I’ve seen on a secondary app is:
“We would like to know one fun fact about you…Please answer the following question with up to four words:
Most people don’t know that I can _____.”
Hmm…maybe I’ll be able to write “survive without Facebook.” 🙂
Anywho, I’ll use this blog to keep y’all posted (no pun intended) on this whole process.
In fact, I’m planning to write a couple posts specifically for pre-med students about the process, because I know how overwhelming everything can be and it’s easy to find yourself in that “man, I wish someone had told me that earlier” situation. So stay tuned for some posts about being pre-med and all the ins-and-outs of applying to medical school.
God’s grace in my life today:
I’m a little frustrated that I haven’t been able to talk with my co-worker about Jesus yet. Part of this is because we’re at work, and part of this is because I feel like the conversation would come out stilted on my part. Talking about Jesus has never really been an issue for me. I adore Him and I enjoy talking…so naturally, I love talking about Him. But I prefer to do so in a casual setting. Not in a “let me show you a tract” way or in a “I’m going to awkwardly start telling you what I believe b/c I’ll feel guilty if I don’t” way. I’m a huge advocate of discipleship and having conversations rather than presentations about the gospel. I’ve shared the gospel with some other co-workers, but we had more of a friendship. So, this current situation is just a bit weird for me. However, I’m clinging to God’s grace. He gives me grace in my weakness. He gives me grace in my timidity. He gives me grace to be strong. He gives me grace to be bold. I’m waiting for an opportunity to talk to my co-worker, but the lounge has been pretty busy today. So God is also giving me grace to trust His timing.
i need grace.
God’s grace in my life yesterday:
We went to my friend’s apartment and I really enjoyed the conversation at the end of the night. We talked about different aspects of being a Christian. I didn’t get home until 2am, which is why I didn’t post anything!
**Update…I was able to use my parents’ love story to share the gospel with my co-worker! Thank You, Lord!