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If You Got Into Harvard Medical School and a Rhode Scholarship At The Same Time?

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hiphopapotamous

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    A Rhodes seems like a waste of 2 years of my life, but that's just me. When will it ever help if you already got into med school? I somehow imagine residency director's not caring much that I have a master's in British bulls***.
     

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      Rhode Scholars 2010

      Aakash K. Shah, Cliffside Park, graduated from Ursinus College and is now in his first year at Harvard Medical School. At Ursinus, he majored in inequality studies, biology and neuroscience. A Goldwater Scholar and junior member of Phi Beta Kappa, Aakash was on the varsity track team, worked with United Students Against Sweatshops in Mexico, and examined environmental health problems in Indian slums. He plans a career combining clinical and academic medicine with global health policy. He will do the M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford. He is the first Rhodes Scholar to be elected from Ursinus College.

      some of us are not good enough
       

      Instant Noodles

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        Only if they could schedule the ceremony before my space shuttle left for the first manned trip to Mars.

        Too bad the Mars landing conflicts with the same day I reveal myself as Jesus Christ in the Second Coming. At least I'll still be able to catch the first ever light-speed warp to the Andromeda Galaxy, just because they wouldn't stop begging me to be the captain of the mission.
         

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          Rhode Scholars 2010

          Aakash K. Shah, Cliffside Park, graduated from Ursinus College and is now in his first year at Harvard Medical School. At Ursinus, he majored in inequality studies, biology and neuroscience. A Goldwater Scholar and junior member of Phi Beta Kappa, Aakash was on the varsity track team, worked with United Students Against Sweatshops in Mexico, and examined environmental health problems in Indian slums. He plans a career combining clinical and academic medicine with global health policy. He will do the M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford. He is the first Rhodes Scholar to be elected from Ursinus College.

          some of us are not good enough

          I feel like a bum compared to this guy.
           

          Hejman

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            I feel like a bum compared to this guy.

            Its easy to feel like what you have accomplished pales in comparison to others. But remember this- it doesn't matter. There will always be smart people out there- but that doesn't mean that you need to be a Richard Feynman or an Aakash Mehta or a Soros fellow (look those big wigs up) to succeed in life. Hell, take a look at the Forbes 500, or the director of the NCI. >90% of those people either dropped out of college or earned a degree at a "substandard" educational institution. Did that stop them from getting to where they are now? I don't think so.

            I personally know someone who graduated near the top of the class at a magnet high school (one of the best in the nation), attended MIT, won the Rhodes, Marshall and countless other honors, and is now at the MD-PHD program at Harvard-MIT. Guess what differentiated this person from "normal" people like me- caring. And connections. This particular person's parents were an incredible driving force in helping the person achieve these feats, and there was never an indication that intellect or even "genius" was ever the sole or major reason.

            Frankly, if I really wanted to, I could accomplish all that Mr. Mehta did and more. But, I just don't give a flying crap. Some people feel like getting into Hahvard is their chef d'oeuvre in life, and that once they get in, they should get a star every time they meet someone and flash their diploma. Well guess what, no one gives a flying f**k. Grow up, people. Life is much more than lines on a resume.

            Fun fact: The director of the NCI was rejected by Harvard twice, if not thrice. Look where he is now.

            FYI: This isn't coming from a failed person- FWIW, I have been accepted to an institution of similar repute as the big ol' H. And I am most likely not going- my full ride to my state school is a MUCH better deal. Eat that, Hahvard.
             
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            Scotty knows

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              I didn't even know what the Rhodes Scholarship was until 5 minutes ago.

              :eek::eek::eek:

              I almost choked on my water, thank you.

              The Rhodes is the most prestigious and eliquent of awards to be given to the most noble and distinguished scholars in the colonies. Rhodes Scholars are the best of the best and shall be regarded as immortals amidst the mere mortals on Earth.

              NOT! :laugh::laugh:

              OP as a semi-finalist I can tell you that the Rhodes Scholarship is nothing but a bunch of BS as is the Marshall.

              As a matter of a fact, half the kids I met were not what I would call future world leaders.

              Oh and I was almost a Rhodes Scholar and I can't break a 30 on the mcat. Only taken it once two years ago though. But anyway the Rhodes means nothing. Harvard acceptance is something though.
               

              Narmerguy

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                I almost choked on my water, thank you.

                The Rhodes is the most prestigious and eliquent of awards to be given to the most noble and distinguished scholars in the colonies. Rhodes Scholars are the best of the best and shall be regarded as immortals amidst the mere mortals on Earth.

                NOT! :laugh::laugh:

                OP as a semi-finalist I can tell you that the Rhodes Scholarship is nothing but a bunch of BS as is the Marshall.

                As a matter of a fact, half the kids I met were not what I would call future world leaders.

                Oh and I was almost a Rhodes Scholar and I can't break a 30 on the mcat. Only taken it once two years ago though. But anyway the Rhodes means nothing. Harvard acceptance is something though.

                Well, really the Rhodes looks for something different than what a harvard acceptance looks for, though they typically share a requirement of high academic distinction.
                 

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                  Frankly, if I really wanted to, I could accomplish all that Mr. Mehta did and more. But, I just don't give a flying crap.

                  Frankly, if I really wanted to, I could win the Rhodes, cure cancer, win an Oscar, save a bus-full of orphans, and go back in time and make sure my mom and dad kiss on their first date. But, I just don't give a flying crap.
                   
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