Just read gonnif's post a few times. You are the one living your life. If your motivation is to please your family, you will be miserable. They won't have to work 80 hour weeks and take q3 or q4 call. They won't be in six figure debt.If anyone else has anything thoughts that they would like to share, I would really appreciate hearing them. Thank you!
? Since I have not been consistently doing well on the practice exams, and I still have a lot of content to review, it wouldn't make sense to take it right now, right? I also don't have any medical experience, or much volunteer experience medical related (it was just a few and it's undocumented actually). I was thinking even if I take the exam now, I would still need to work on those other aspects anyways to even think about applying to medical school. If I were to try to apply in January to schools like St. George's University, that would leave me with about 3-4 months of volunteering and trying to gain experience--do you guys think that would even be enough? I also don't have any significant contacts I can ask for letters of rec. from... So I would be trying to do it all in the couple of months after taking the exam... Also, if I end up applying and don't get in, I would feel like I might have wasted my time.
I must take rare exception with my esteemed colleague from west of St Louis. While the physical, legal, and rational views show this OP is an adult, the cultural, familal and psychological burdens of family dymanic should not be dismissed so easily nor should we give someone under such pressure to become a physican even a hint of the Carribean, for he will only see dream and not the minefield that it isOP, you're an adult now. You're able to vote drink, drive, smoke, work, pay taxes, and fight and die for your country. You're therefore old enough to grow a spine and tell your parents that your career is yours, not theirs, to determine.
The Carib diploma mills will take you as long as you're breathing and will cut a check, and you're the desperate, gullible mark they prey upon. Do you really like being unemployed and deeply in debt? Because that's all that that experience will leave you with.
Hi Dandine, I read your post earlier and I'm sorry for replying to it just now. I was still feeling confused a bit with everything that was going on and I guess I just needed to settle a bit! Everything you had said though makes total sense with me and I can see that I do have a long year ahead However, I am really happy to know that I don't have to try to do everything in a few months... which was what I had in mind before due to some family pressures. Also I'm beginning to feel more and more how there are other people out there who face similar pressures, and it makes me feel better in a way because I know more that I'm not the only one. Also, everyone's voices here has reached me in that in the end it is ultimately my decision for what career I want out of my life. I am grateful for all the advice and wisdom that I received. I hope to start living a happier and more fulfilled life by taking the advice of everyone who has helped me here Also to answer you question, I have been considering doing things in the community (community service) and taking up new hobbies.@MonkeyDLuffy777
Getting in volunteering and shadowing will always be a plus for medical/clinical experience. Make sure when you sign up again for your MCAT that you devote time to that as well.
As for whether or not you are wasting your time, ultimately you find meaning in your life by doing things that you set your mind to, whether or not the path works out or not. Take one day at a time; you will figure out as you go along whether this is the right path for you. But the more you concentrate on doing the best you can in whatever you happen to be doing, the better you'll be able to deal with the work you set out to do.
On a more practical, less-life-advice-y note, you said you wanted to do more things other than study. Have you considered looking for things to do in the community, or taking up new hobbies? I ask because while you have a busy year ahead, there are always opportunities to try new things. I spent my app year community volunteering and developing different skills (e.g. foreign language), which balanced a lot of the stress I was going through. Opps to do fun things are out there; it's just a matter of finding them.
Finally, I'm not sure how much software experience you have, but if you happen to be a beginner there are resources that can help you pick up coding skills (CodeAcademy comes to mind). May not help with the software developer idea directly, but it'll help you see where your interests lie.
This is a lot, I know, but just remember to take it one step at a time. Good luck!!!