Right now I am in the process of writing my personal statement and I am debating whether I should include my experiences with poker in the essay. To give you the background I had doubts about attending medical school after college and in order to make money for myself I decided to play poker. I was a successful player and made money, but playing the game actually steered me towards attending medical school because I felt like I was contributing nothing to society. I decided that I would much rather enjoy being a doctor than to continue this way of life since I would be making a difference. However, I am not sure how med school committees would react to someone that mentions gambling in their essay, even though it was a major factor for me to decide to apply to med school. I also try to make it a point that I am not a degenerate gambler and approached poker with proper strategy, but I am still debating whether to include my whole ordeal with the game. Any opinions would be appreciated.