« on: July 08, 2013, 10:20:49 AM »
ok i want to start this thread out by saying FUCK UTUMNO for suggesting i write this essay and then ignoring my message to him to help me to edit it. its only 300 words you lazy fuck.
kill utumno seriosuly
that out of the way, i am just going to post a short story about my life. for med school applications, there are four basic phases: primary application to all schools, one secondary applications for each school, interviews, acceptance.
most medical schools ask the question in their secondary application: tell us about obstacles, problems uve had, etc. i submitted my application to the texas schools leaving this blank, but i sort of feel like i should fill it out to some top schools. the reasoning behind this is that im not sure it will be so easy to brute force with my numbers to these schools (my numbers are barely higher than the averages of the top schools, meaning im basically in the pool of average competition).
i do have some ECs that set me apart, but not really at the level of competition im looking at. so im thinking about trying to pull my wildcard: the truth. ive always avoided discussing this in applications, usually giving bullshit, but med school is a bit too important for me to leave this out.
the only thing i dont like about this is i am worried about the possible stigma? for many years, i havent told even my friends about this shit. its been sort of a dark secret of my own, and ive been terrified of judgment. but now im thinking about putting it in a med school application for strangers to read? this is my basic reservation, and i think its a legit one. let me know what u think
please check out my essay and tell me whether you think its going in teh right direction. if so, what kinds of edits would you make to make it stronger? remember if i get an interview at these schools, im going to have to talk about it
id like hard specifics if possible, thanks
(optional) Do you have unique experiences or obstacles that you have overcome that were not covered in your application about which you would like to inform our Admissions Committee? (maximum 3000 characters including spaces)
I was not the easiest child. I asked lots of questions. When I was distracted, I would talk loudly. I would run around. In curiosity, I would break things.
My parents were very busy and were usually unwilling to engage with me. They sought the advice of doctors to control my problem behaviors. I was soon taking many medications. Often one medication led to another, as if to counter the effects of the previous one. This was from years 10-16; of some of these years, because of the medications, I have virtually no memory.
By high school, my GPA was not much higher than a C. I had to retake classes and was lucky to graduate on time; I still believe that this was primarily due to my teachers’ good will, rather than my achievement. That is why I attended community college prior to attending the University of Texas at Austin.
I turned around because my parents’ influence over me was decreasing, and I knew my potential wasn’t being fulfilled. If I was unfortunate that my parents were distant, that they provided no moral guidance or emotional support, I was fortunate for my economic privilege and intellectual gifts. I still had the opportunity to attend community college without any financial barrier. If I surprised others by squeezing by and graduating from high school, I surprised them more by excelling in community college.
I think I surpassed anyone’s expectations in achieving what I have after I went through what I did. The strength of my application, is not my MCAT score, nor my range of experiences. It’s not my maturity. All of these are reflections of something deeper: my need to give something to the world. This needs rises from the sense of deprivation and confusion of my upbringing.