~NonTraditionals~: Ages

Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by AdroitDarkHorse, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. dochan213

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    Left Financial Services at 28, finished my pre reqs at 29, rejected and reapplied at 30 and started medical school at 31. Getting my CPA was a 5K, Pre med was a marathon, medical school is a marathon, and residency I've been told is a marathon. I assume my life will add up to being a ultra marathon.
     
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  3. Typeracer

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    Congrats, that's awesome. I'm 30, and I'll be applying when I'm 33. I hear ya on the marathon. It felt like a 5k just getting myself to a point where I even had the opportunity to work my butt off to aim for med school. Working hard for the A's now feels like the easy part after everything it took to get to this point.
     
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  4. silverqueen16

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    I'll be 30 this year, just started my undergrad biology degree this spring (albeit I went into it with almost 110 credits but only 45 them are applicable to my degree, naturally). I'll graduate in 2020 and hope to start medical school that Fall. If all goes according to plan (also trying to try for our first child next year), I should be done with residency by the time I'm 40, maybe 41 :D My mom went to medical school in her mid 40s so she was my inspiration. On track to have a 4.0 this first semester, and am just starting to apply for volunteer/shadowing programs. I've also stayed on part-time as a pastry chef, maybe they'll see it as being well rounded?? I wish I'd stayed in school instead of becoming a pastry chef.. this is actually pretty fun!!
     
  5. parabellum

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    38 here. 9 year Police Officer, military before that. Finishing psych undergrad next spring, then onto a DIY postbac. Looking at applying 2020. 5 kids, 4 of whom will be in college when I start applications. Intimidating, but hey... do something that scares the hell out of you right?
     
  6. starbuck2

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    I’m 27. Hopefully will finish all prereqs by next spring at age 28, then apply next summer. I’ll be 29 when I start med school, if things go well!
     
  7. acslater99

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    I'm currently 24. I recently just finished my bachelors last year and I will begin my post-back this Fall! My plan is to finish taking some pre-req courses during the Fall of 2018/Spring of 2019/Summer of 2019. After that I plan to volunteer/shadow to get more clinical exposure throughout 2019 spreading into 2020. I eventually want to take the MCAT around April 2020 and apply that summer! I'll be doing that all while working full-time! :)
     
  8. FutureSurgical

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    24, will be applying around 27-28 for different reasons. Nothing horrible, but I'm enjoying life just working in a job I love, all-the-while working on my app, family, and myself. I'm in no rush to get into medical school right now.
     
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  9. AcademicMamaBear

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    I'm 38. Three kids, an MFA, a PhD, a tenured associate professor husband and a partridge in a pear tree. Kidding about the partridge part but not the rest. I'm hoping to finish my DIY prerequs this 2018-19 school year while also teaching five English/lit/writing courses each semester and raising three mostly sweet littles ranging from 7 y. to 10m. Wish me luck! And the same for all of you! When this thread started in 2006 there were people younger, older...etc. They should be done by now. There isn't a "here I am now!" thread, is there?
     
  10. 24GaugeEJ

    24GaugeEJ Small, but mighty; probably positional.

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    Started off my professional life in the natural sciences. Had some strange, sudden, life altering experiences and tried a few different careers before I finally found medicine. Worked the last 4-5 years as a paramedic while completing prereqs. I will be an MS1 this fall at my top choice. I couldn’t have done it without some serious support from my friends and family and a wife who really loves me, though. Fortunately, I don’t have any dependents apart from a couple of freeloading cats; but, I am 35 years old. I’ll check in once in a while and let you guys know how it goes. If this is what you really want from life, make it a priority. And never forget to love and appreciate those who have helped along the way.
     
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  11. StackOfTurtles

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    I'm 30 with a 2yo and another on the way. This year will be my first application cycle, and if I get in I'll be 31 when I start (and I'll turn 32 about a month in).

    I was anxious about doing med school with little ones, but my Dr. told me started med school two weeks after giving birth (she's superwoman), and had another kid in residency. So, it's doable! And I love to see threads like this one where I can see all the different paths that bring folks to medicine -- it's inspiring :)
     
  12. Angelyka

    Angelyka MissUnderstood Spoonie

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    I’m 33. If I am accepted this cycle, I will be a 34 year old MS1. At least I’m constantly told that I look younger.


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  13. StackOfTurtles

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    this makes me smile -- at 25 i looked 18, and i'm not sure the doogie howser effect was going to inspire a lot of confidence in patients, so ... I guess it's good that i'm an "old" pre-med now?
     
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  14. futurecadoc925

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    I’m 26, in sophmore year of undergrad biology degree. Taking all pre recs for med school now. Volunteering and shadowing all summer. Will be 28 when I apply, actually happy I’m going to med school later with more life experience and wisdom under my belt!
     
  15. DDSMomma

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    I'm 37, turning 38 this summer. I'm applying to dental school this cycle, and if I get in I will finish at 43. Like many of you, I don't plan to specialize. I can't justify the additional time and expense. I'm also a single mother of an 11-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son while working 55-60 hours/ wk and attending school full time. (What is sleep again?) My grades are on the lower end of competitive, but still in range. I'm hoping the ADCOM will view my life experiences as a valuable contribution to the class. I was a former professional opera singer, then taught music and elementary up to this point. Unfortunately, I can only attend one school in my area due to custody agreements, and leaving my kids is not an option, so I have all my eggs in one basket. My biggest concern after the obvious of getting in will be financial aid, as I can't work during school and do not receive child support. One step at a time though!
     
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  17. MercMutt

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    I'm 49 - will be 50 by the time I matriculate in August at my top pick med school --> University of Washington!
    Just found out I was accepted a few weeks ago am still ecstatic :D

    For those of you who wonder if you're too old - hell no! Honestly, I don't know what "almost 50" is supposed to feel like, but I feel great and am more than ready to take on this new challenge. Don't let people make you feel like you're past your prime - that's up to you to decide. I'm thinking I'll slow down once I hit 90.

    My #1 tip - look into schools that really do cherish diversity in their med school class - a lot of schools will toss that into their mission statement, but fewer schools actually walk the walk. U of Washington is definitely one of them. I'm sure there are a lot more out there.

    Anyway - good luck to you all & keep up the hard work - you'll get there.
     
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  18. PastorDoc

    PastorDoc Just keep swimming.

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    Major congrats on the acceptance! :clap: So inspiring to hear about the journeys and successes of other passionate later bloomers!
     
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    Would you mind sharing your school list with a fellow "old" non-trad?
     
  20. keepmefloating99

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    24 here, looking to apply when I’m 26 and *fingers crossed* be MS1 at 27. I’m on the younger end of non-trad! :happy: Working in a psychiatry research program in the meantime and chugging along taking one prerequisite a semester...
     
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    You’re still standing and as my best friend always says “once there’s a will, there’s a way!”

    2018 is here and I have had setbacks since my original post but I’m at it again; I’m hoping you are too!

    Thanks so much for sharing your story!

     
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  22. IOU11

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    would love to get in on some research like that. whats the topic?
     

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