What's a good challenge/moral dilemma I can experience within the next 6 months?

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It seems there's some iteration of this question on most secondaries. Something about some grand tribulation or a moral dilemma that I experienced and through which I underwent a catharsis and completely changed my life. Honestly I've had no such thing. Having grown up relatively privileged, my choices as kid centered around whether to ask for video games or a new basketball hoop for Christmas. Going into college (which my parents paid every dime for) the moral choices evolved into whether to have a few drinks at the bar or study for the o-chem midterm tomorrow. Nothing spectacular.

So I ask you, SDN, for advice on how I can find and experience this great emotional, moral, and spiritual life-changing event and write something eye-grabbing on the secondary. I am at a loss however since I don't have much life experience, apparently.

 

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LOL
you are being sarcastic, no?
Ah, I can't wait to no longer be pre-med.
 
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I feel you. I am always struck with a blank when I come across questions like this in my interviews or secondaries. Honestly I think I've been lucky to not face any huge problems in my life or any very difficult dilemmas. I usually talk about like having trouble adjusting to the college environment and how I needed to develop new study habits b/c I had never studied much before college. Then I preface all that by saying that I feel fortunate that was one of the hardest things I've had to overcome. I'm not complaining about being lucky enough to have a relatively problem free life:xf: but the questions are common and hard for me to come up with convincing answers for...
 

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This actually pretty much describes me as well; life really hasnt been that hard on me (fortunately).

Sure, I have had to think about my definition of morality... but it is all ideological ramblings and nothing applied to reality.
 

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Didn't that Henry Thoreau guy write an internationally and historically acclaimed book about sitting alone in a cabin at a freaking pond? You *definitely* don't need the most exciting and eye-popping story. You just have to tell it well and with the right development of character and theme.
 

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This is UPitt's secondary question. I wrote about a time when I had to report a coworker who showed up to work (EMS) intoxicated. He was a good friend, so it was difficult. He lost his job as a result.
 

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Go sit in a corner and think. Something will come to you.
 
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Step I:
Join an assassination market/dead pool.

Step II:
"Influence" the results in your favor.

Step III:
Profit. Plus, you've got an essay topic.
 

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Lukkie, from all your posts on SDN I have gathered two things about you (may or may not be correct):

1. You are a tooly pre-med
2. You are asian, assuming indian

My advice to you, provided this thread is serious and my above assumption is correct, is to do what my indian friend did, which I thought was a particularly clever way of answering the question. He wrote about how the greatest obstacle in his life was dealing with being a first generation asian in america with traditional asian parents. He talked about the difficulties in maintaining (or I guess holding on to whatever small amount of) his indian heritage and language while being educated in the "white-man american culture." He mentioned things like how he had to hide his girlfriend from his parents because she was philipino and his parents would practically disown him for a. not dating an indian and b. dating in the first place and not focusing everying waking second on med school.

Hahah it was so funny we would always play the whole he'd tell his parents he's at my house or hanging out with me game. I remember his mom called me once to verify and she actually asked to speak with him on MY cell phone.. my immediate reaction was to tell her "oh he's in the bathroom downstairs" which she completely bought.

The best part is he had trouble writing this question too and he totally copied this answer from his cousin when he applied 2 years ago. So yea, feel free to steal that answer.
 

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Join an underground blackjack team at your local university headed by your professor. Swoon over everyone there with your awesome skills in math/stats to only have you hired on as a card-counting team. Own the casinos with your card-counting skills. Get involved and disagree with your professor about how l33t you really are only to be betrayed by the professor, beaten up by the casino henchman and rely on the only hot woman cardcounter you will ever encounter. Trick your professor to join you/apologize to get him to join you for one last hurrah but really to take the money for yourself and have him/her be taken by the casino henchman.....End up not gaining money but worthwhile lesson.

That's just off the top of my head. I think it'd make for a great movie. I already have the monologue started...

"44 on my MCATs, 4.0 gpa, just like everyone else. I need money for tuition because, lolz, there's no such thing as loans!"
 

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So I ask you, SDN, for advice on how I can find and experience this great emotional, moral, and spiritual life-changing event and write something eye-grabbing on the secondary. I am at a loss however since I don't have much life experience, apparently.
For a challenge, try picking up an mmorpg like wow or eq2, allowing it to consume your life for 4 months, then quitting cold turkey. (worked for me)
 

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Join an underground blackjack team at your local university headed by your professor. Swoon over everyone there with your awesome skills in math/stats to only have you hired on as a card-counting team. Own the casinos with your card-counting skills. Get involved and disagree with your professor about how l33t you really are only to be betrayed by the professor, beaten up by the casino henchman and rely on the only hot woman cardcounter you will ever encounter. Trick your professor to join you/apologize to get him to join you for one last hurrah but really to take the money for yourself and have him/her be taken by the casino henchman.....End up not gaining money but worthwhile lesson.

That's just off the top of my head. I think it'd make for a great movie. I already have the monologue started...

"44 on my MCATs, 4.0 gpa, just like everyone else. I need money for tuition because, lolz, there's no such thing as loans!"

:laugh::thumbup:
 

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1. You are a tooly pre-med
2. You are asian, assuming indian

He wrote about how the greatest obstacle in his life was dealing with being a first generation asian in america with traditional asian parents.
Not sure about #1, but as for #2 I didn't have traditional asian parents.
 

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What's a good challenge/moral dilemma I can experience within the next 6 months?
Getting rejected by all the med schools you apply to
 

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For a challenge, try picking up an mmorpg like wow or eq2, allowing it to consume your life for 4 months, then quitting cold turkey. (worked for me)
Not a bad idea. I played WoW for over a year during undergrad. Having been a guild leader for a short time I had to make some pretty involved decisions about who could attend the night's raid. This was a significant moral/ethical/organizational decision - do I take the person who efficiently kills dragonkin night in and night out, has Flasks of Supreme Power ready every hour, and spends the entire raid glued to his computer seat? Or do I allow the other guildmember who isn't that skilled, doesn't have potions ready before the raid begins, sometimes leaves the keyboard to change his kids diaper? It's a moral dilemma that extends far beyond Azeroth and into capitalism and socialism, the rewarding of hard work but at the same time maintaining social justice. But experiences like this would help me in the clinic. What if I have one liver on a table and two people are suddenly gurney'd into the ER with exploded livers. One is a successful businessman and the other is a bum off the streets.
 

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Making up a bogus story is way easier than actually having to live it.
 

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Hmmm... How about moving to Compton and living there for the next 6 months.
 

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Not a bad idea. I played WoW for over a year during undergrad. Having been a guild leader for a short time I had to make some pretty involved decisions about who could attend the night's raid. This was a significant moral/ethical/organizational decision - do I take the person who efficiently kills dragonkin night in and night out, has Flasks of Supreme Power ready every hour, and spends the entire raid glued to his computer seat? Or do I allow the other guildmember who isn't that skilled, doesn't have potions ready before the raid begins, sometimes leaves the keyboard to change his kids diaper? It's a moral dilemma that extends far beyond Azeroth and into capitalism and socialism, the rewarding of hard work but at the same time maintaining social justice. But experiences like this would help me in the clinic. What if I have one liver on a table and two people are suddenly gurney'd into the ER with exploded livers. One is a successful businessman and the other is a bum off the streets.
I didn't even read the rest, but seriously, if you're going to talk about WoW, you need to just abort. I have had substantially better experiences/life experiences than playing/guilding in WoW, and you should too.

If you want, try to rob a bank. THe key word is try. The fork breaks off from there and there's your story.
 

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Overcoming a drug addiction always helps :)

Seriously though, no one on this site can offer you advice on life changing experiences. It is YOUR life, go out and live it. It doesn't have to be a compelling story, but it does have to be sincere. Is an experience truly life changing if you plan it out?
 

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Volunteering in a hospital where you fall deeply in love with a heart transplant candidate is always a good one. Don't forget to cut your lover's LVAD wire however, when there is one donor heart available, so that you can move your lover up the list. Add in a new case in 2 years, except this time the patient is the person you stole the heart from.

[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K15noUqFp_A[/YOUTUBE]
 

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i thought OP's post was a satire.

then i realized i'm on SDN and he was most likely serious. :eek:
 

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Hmmm... How about moving to Compton and living there for the next 6 months.
I was actually thinking of taking like $20 to Skid Row and making my moral dilemma, who should I give it to. That little kid kicking around a can like a soccer ball or that old man who probably hasn't had a decent meal in the last 20 years.

Also, I just read your MDapps - you're my new hero. Congrats on your amazing success!
 

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It seems there's some iteration of this question on most secondaries. Something about some grand tribulation or a moral dilemma that I experienced and through which I underwent a catharsis and completely changed my life. Honestly I've had no such thing. Having grown up relatively privileged, my choices as kid centered around whether to ask for video games or a new basketball hoop for Christmas. Going into college (which my parents paid every dime for) the moral choices evolved into whether to have a few drinks at the bar or study for the o-chem midterm tomorrow. Nothing spectacular.

So I ask you, SDN, for advice on how I can find and experience this great emotional, moral, and spiritual life-changing event and write something eye-grabbing on the secondary. I am at a loss however since I don't have much life experience, apparently.
Wow... Well,

1) Pay your own way... this includes rent, groceries, etc. (and may require getting a job or taking out loans like the rest of us)

2) Stop accepting $ from your folks (never having to worry about "anything" may remove you from situations in which you actually test and learn your own abilities and strengths!)

3) Broaden your circle of friends... hang out w/ ppl you may have never thought of getting to know better or who have entirely different life experiences/ interests (for this, I consider getting a part-time job somewhere)

4) Volunteer somewhere that is NOT for your application

5) Stop trying to "experience life" just so that you can have something to write on secondaries! Challenge yourself, your ideals, your goals and perhaps you will come out the other end w/ a much better idea of yourself, your ideals and your goals
 

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Hah. Dude, I was in the same situation you are. I am an Indian, and my parents literally paid for everything (My dad said that he would pay for undergrad as long as I don't get Cs). I was thinking that I really didn't have any challenge... but take a close look at your life. Things that may not be a big deal to you may actually be a challenge that you overcame. I was talking to this one kid from Oakland who thought it was normal to wake up at 1 in the morning by gun shots outside his bedroom.

Anyway, I wrote about how I was the "man of the house" when I was 10 because my dad was in a different country and I had to take care of my sister because my mom was working 10 hours a day. I lived in India for 12 years and honestly... one day there could be a challenge. No drinking water, no electricity for half a day. The point is, you just have to look closely at your life. Or, you could always take a trip over summer to some poor country and write about that.
 
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