Let's see... how do I ask this without looking like a complete a**? When the questions comes up about "when did you first become interested in medicine" my honest answer would be because I took drugs. Totally true story. I had zero interest in math or science in high school, and was a pretty good student otherwise. Immediately after HS I took a couple of years off, went through that rebellious party phase and experimented with a few drugs. I became interested in how they worked (we're talking the hallucinogens, here) so I went to the library and looked it up. I became utterly fascinated with how the brain worked, started reading every scientific article and magazine I could get my hands on, and have pretty much loved science and medicine ever since then, so much so that when I finally went to college I majored in biochem. So... how would that one go over with the admission committee? This is totally true, but I'm a bit hesitant to reveal that one - for obvious reasons. The drug phase was very temporary, I'm certainly not hooked on anything now, have no desire to do drugs ever again, I don't even smoke! I believe I come across as quite the upstanding citizen. My preference is for honesty, and it'll sure as heck stand out from the typical story, but I'm worried about the obvious repercussions. Any thoughts?