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.