It’s been a while. Like YEARS. A lot has happened, most recently…
I graduated college.
Bachelors of Science in Biology. 3 years. Step one of a long ladder complete.
College was really great. Really maturing but also a ton of fun. I wish I had blogged more during it, because the ~1 year of it I did blog is really fun to look back on.
Then, I spent 7 weeks studying for the MCAT.
I took it officially for the first time last June. But it was my third attempt at studying for it. I wanted to take it August 2016…and then cancelled that take upon realizing how I wasn’t ready for it at all. Then I wanted to take it May 2017…but turns out studying for the MCAT while managing an 18 hour credit load was also not gonna work. So I finally devoted 7 weeks, May to June, and took it the last possible date I could and still be eligible to apply early decision. Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket ;).
Eid. MCAT. And then…BREATHE.
I mean, I should’ve been finishing up my application. But instead I did mehndi…
…and ate lots of Sushi with friends…
…and then I got my MCAT results!
The whole application process really deserves its own post. But long story short, I finished my application, submitted it 11:58pm (it was due 11:59pm), and then continued breathing (waiting). :p
During my family visiting and Eid preparation, I found out I had gotten a medical school interview. Normally, you have about 4 weeks to prepare. I had about a little over a week because…a story that deserves its own post. 🙂
And then I had about 2.5 weeks to think about everything I had done wrong, all the things I could have said differently in the interview, Plans BCDEFGH to get into med school.
I also applied for a job as an EMT in the local Emergency Department. And got the job.
Because I graduated a little early and the way admission cycles work out, I had [at least] a year off of school. Gap years are pretty common, and people tend to work, travel, or do research during them. I thought some clinical experience would be fun.
And then, while walking back to my car after the last day of orientation for the job, I saw on my phone…
An incredibly surreal moment.
Lots of words can be said about seeing your childhood dream become an actual reality. I love this response from one of my childhood best friends…
I got admitted into medical school & start next August.
In between, I’ve been working in the ED, teaching Sunday School, painting, doing henna…actually breathing. 🙂
I watched my first complete Netflix show (Royal Pains!) and visited my new niece in Texas. ❤ We have a few more trips planned before I start school again. I have a some “Gap Year Goals” still left to attack. I can’t wait until August but I’m also loving every second of this no-school fun year.
Life is really good, Alhamdulillah.