Getting into Medical School, aka Holy of Holies (the F-1 version)

My adventures as an international student trying to get into a US medical school as a prestigious MSI student!

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I am a 22 yr old Foreign lady trying to get into an American med school. The journey has been "rough" to say the least. So join the band wagon and let's see if they think I'm good enough to become a doctor. I hope my story encourages someone, maybe you. Not necessarily to become a doctor, but just to follow your dream. Leave your comments as you read...I thrive on feedback. And if this is your first time here, catch up on what you missed, cus every post IS important...well almost all. So forget that board meeting(at your own risk) or skip that class (again at your own risk) and lose yourself in my archives. REMEMBER: "If it aint ROUGH, it aint RIGHT" - Richard Hamilton, Detroit Pistons Guard

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Ok so unlike last week, I got not so great news in the mail this weekend. My first official rejection is in, from Vanderbilt University(Vandy). I was expecting it though. I called the admissions office on Thursday to find out what was going on with my application. I had not heard back from them since I turned in my primary app. Spoke to this very nice lady. But I knew something was amiss when she asked for my ID # and brought up my information. All she said was:

"Hmmm, (softly and pitifully) you'll get a letter in the mail informing you about the committee's decision"

All I can say is thank GOD I already have two interviews if not, I would have probably done something financially stupid like applying to about ten more schools. But I really kinda woulda liked to get in at VANDY, their program is world class and they give good aid, but that's OK. Can't win 'em all!

In other application news, I have officially finished all my secondaries as of this Friday. I technically have one more application to fill out but I don't think I'll be completing it. The app is from University of Minnesota, nice school and all, but they are asking for a bit too much (8 essays) and to make matters worse they don't give financial aid. So why bother?

In summary I started out with 21 schools, filled out 16 secondaries, withdrew from Geroge Washington, UCLA and U of Minn, rejected from 1 and awaiting news from 1 more.

Anyways, hope you're having a great weekend...mine is so so, I've been working one day of the weekend for the last month or so but I can't complain, experiments are going GREAT! Also went shopping on Friday. I finally got that suit. A very cute one at that from MACY's for $88(yay!), a black shirt from Express $14.99, supposedly "on sale", Shoes from ALDO(ballet flats) for $60 :o, and $60 on other minor distractions which I had no business buying.

I briefly toyed with the idea of buying another suit since the first was way cheaper than I expected, but I decided otherwise for a variety of reasons. So if you happen to be interviewing at any of my schools, I'll be the black girl in the ash skirt suit and black shirt, or white if the black gets dirty. I'll also be the one inspecting and cleaning every seat with windex before sitting on it, can't afford to seat on someone's gum or donut crumbs with my one in town suit.

Till we meet again, I'm off to my in house "Rejection Therapy"...

*Assumes complicated yoga position*

VANDY, you are not the boss of me... (x3)
VANDY, if you don't want me, someone else will... (x3)
VANDY, I gave you my all but it wasn't good enough for you...
VANDY, you tried to kill my spirit, you tried to kill my hope
VANDY, see you at the top

(But if you change your mind, you gats my number, HOLLA, I just might reconsider, some relationships are worth a second chance, no?)


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Anonymous O.E. said...

Hey, u r way braver than I gave you credit for. Sorry about the R and kudos on completion of secondaries. Goodluck with the interviews too!!! Make us proud!!!

October 08, 2006 3:09 PM  
Blogger ABBEY said...

thank you lady...all the best on yours too. and as for the rejection, i guess i'm not expecting to get in every where i applied but it was kinda painful.

October 08, 2006 3:26 PM  
Blogger Bijouxoxo said...

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October 08, 2006 4:10 PM  
Blogger ABBEY said...

thanks, bijou and getting her number might be a good idea. you can email it to me. (imma have to delete ur comment eventually...cus of the school name lol)

October 08, 2006 4:37 PM  
Blogger Chris Muss said...

save your money for plane tickets and hotels, because it will cost a lot.

i feel you on vandy, i was on their wait list and wasn't rejected until the week before school started.

October 08, 2006 11:17 PM  
Blogger ABBEY said...

yeah i'm living on the bare necessities...minus the extra 60 bucks i spent at the mall..

byt yeah i've heard bad stories about vandy so i should at least be glad that i didn't have to wait for a whole yr.

thanks for stopping by.

October 09, 2006 12:27 AM  
Blogger NaijaBloke said...

Good luck with the interviews o and look on the bright side abt the rejection ..

Have a nice week.

October 10, 2006 2:36 PM  
Blogger ABBEY said...

bros thanks oh...ur really doing this ur cheer leader job well, keep it up :)

October 10, 2006 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering, why did you withdraw from George Washington?


August 15, 2011 2:50 PM  

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