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imtiaz

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as this time of year rolls around. i am reminded what i felt like two years ago around this time. wired, scared, nervous, anxious, etc. i was so uncertain about what the future was going to hold for me. and i knew that what i scored on this silly test was going to determine that future, and the thought of that terrified me.

i came home on a friday afternoon, it was humid and sticky, and hot that day. i was so tense as i opened the door and walked into the house, partly because i was afraid my score had not arrived, but mostly becasue i was afraid it had. as i looked through the mail, there it was. i just stared at it for what seemed like hours, frozen. i finally mustered up enough courage to start to tear it open. what i found inside was not what i wanted to see:

<img src="http://www.math.uic.edu/~ishaik/42000.gif" alt=" - " />

i was devastated. no medical school would consider a score so low. so what did i do? i studied. all summer long. i used my old princeton review materials and spent all summer finishing up the science review and verbal books. i went in to take the august test knowing that i had done all that i could, and it was up to a higher power now to determine whether or not i would ever make it. august results:

<img src="http://www.math.uic.edu/~ishaik/82000.gif" alt=" - " />

so you see, even though now you may feel like you will never make it, that you will never be successful. i am here to tell you that you can. and you will. just know deep down inside that this is what you want and you will succeed. work for it, it wont fall in your lap. but you can do it. i wish all of you the best of luck, and if you ever have any questions you can PM me at any time.
 

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imtiaz,

thanks for your post...but, did you not study for it the first time? You mentioned that you 'studied'...so did I...for 6 mths...I didn't get a 31.
 

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yeah i did study the first time. just nowhere near the amount i studied those 4 months between. it comes down to a whole lot of work, really. you have to master the areas that freak you out. for example, pedigrees (genetics) was something that id dread to see on an MCAT passage. i just kept doing problems in genetics over and over and over until i didnt feel that way about it anymore. i did this with everything that really scared me. i dont know if thats the sole reason for it working or not, but im sure it played a part. i wish you the best of luck.

•••quote:•••Originally posted by flpostbac:
•imtiaz,

thanks for your post...but, did you not study for it the first time? You mentioned that you 'studied'...so did I...for 6 mths...I didn't get a 31.•••••
 

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imtiaz,

What did you do differently the second time around that helped you do so much better? Studied more? Studied smarter? Or did you just feel more comfortable because you knew what to expect? Thanks and congrats on a great score!

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Imtiaz:
I would like to commend you for your determination. It is so inspiring. Most people would have given up. I have been bummed about my MCAT scores because they are so disproportionate:
9BS, 8VR, Q, and this is THE BUMMER <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" />
6PS. I dont know how someone can get a 9BS but then a 6 in PS! That is me. I am def. retaking for August 2002.
My dream is to go DO! Do U have any wise words for me? Thanks.
 

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Imtiaz, I salute you. Thanks for posting this inspiration :)
 
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