Cranked about 7.5 hours of content today. Prayerfully, the same tomorrow. A friend of mine is doing 12 hours a day. Us MCAT repeat offenders know the beast we’re up against! Next week will be different because I have papers due! Thus, mcat study will be minimal. Each week I have to take advantage of downtime as study time! Breezing through the books so that I can spend 5 months of doing full lengths! Gn
Today, I was able to crank out 7-8 hrs of study! My mcat partner meets with me once a week! She is one of the homies from the post bacc prgm! Anytime that I can have a day free of doctoral work becomes a day just for the mcat! Tomorrow I have a final in a class and other work! So, the mcat study will be a subpar 3 hours! However, thurs-sat will be solely studying! Sunday is my rest day after church! I am pecking away at biochem, bio, and behavioral sciences! I already finished the orgo book! Btw my former bio teacher from the post bacc taught bio exactly how it is in the kaplan books! He is a mcat teacher too, but he really cut through the nonsense and really gave a good foundation. I can say that because I was first a bio major in college and those classes were long and bore city! So here I Am later in life appreciating that the retakes seemed to have helped during the post bacc! Gn
Our destination may be the same! However, the journies vary. This whole med school thing can be overwhelming, that is why it is pivotal to guard yourself from bad thoughts and bad opinions of others. Let’s be clear! As a public health expert, I can tell you that the United States ranks almost the lowest of all developed countries as it relates to health care! For the life of me, I cannot understand why pre-meds buy into tiers of schools and etc. Reading comments on student doc and etc is simply nauseating! Why does it matter the school that one chooses for their medical education?! A US allopathic med school is favorable for the obvious reasons; most people want to stay in the US. Osteopathic schools are great too! Caribbean schools are also producing awesome docs as well. The end goal is to help a dying country. Especially seeing that our health care system is failing on many levels! I have been public health for a decade, there have not been any new changes that can help mend this broken system. Pre-meds please focus on your contribution to society and not the path that others take to get there! Don’t worry about why someone took a post-bacc, got a special masters, or did a dyi post bacc! Who cares? Let’s get busy on healing the sick. We have enough political crap going on that is utilized to the distract society. Pray for direction! Stay focused and study hard! Your obituary will probably name your schools but mostly describe who you were and your contribution to humanity!! Move on!!
Nothing new is going on but MCAT study and doctoral work. I was blessed with a free Kaplan prep course in January by a good friend. Anyway, a lot of my post bacc friends did not do well on the MCAT, except for one friend. I had lectured many classmates on the fact that straight A’s in prereqs DO NOT translate to scoring high on the MCAT. If so, then many pre-meds would be doctors. We know that is not the truth because the MCAT weeds out even some of the most brilliant students. Anyway, I feel like we need to just take it easy. Though our destinies are set, we should be reminded that death is imminent for us all. In other words, stop focusing on stupid stuff like who gets into a US med school, DO school, Tier one school, or Caribbean school. At the end of the day, our patients in pain or trauma will not ask us about our credentials. They will be begging for our expertise! So, do not focus on what school you’ll get into to, be happy for wherever you land. The end goal is becoming a physician. We are called to help the sick! The road to get there may vary, but there is room for all doctors in training. Look at these mass shootings and etc, WE ARE NEEDED!!! MY steps are ordered by God, so I will end up somewhere in this world training as a physician!
PS, I will resit for the MCAT in May or June 2018. I will start my dissertation in June 2018. Apply for the cycle in June 2018!!!
So, nine courses into my doctoral program and I got my first B in coursewk! Killed my 4.0 gpa! The good news is I really do not care because I work my behind off. 3 more classes till dissertation. On vacay from school, so I will hit the mcat hard! I may drive over to vegas and just rest and study at a hotel, just to get out of LA for a few days. Any who, let us stay in the fight! Gn!!!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
Man, in this world there are millions of things to worry about! The worry seems to intensify when thinking about the future, especially since God only promised one day at a time! Yesterday, I read a post where classmates of mine were going through dissertation hell. These individuals are stuck in the process of dissertation with no help. I started ro worry because, a dissertation set-back means I would have to postpone med school and etc. I reached out to a friend to discuss her process! She said “Tanika it is a breeze for me! All you need is a good dept chair!” I was relieved! I have enough to think about from mcat, finishing a few more classes, etc etc!!!! In this process, we want to get ahead of God, because our belief is “If I just get there, I will feel so much better!” But, what if he wants us to enjoy the process! The process is what builds the testiomony anyway right?! I am always amazed about how people become great, but even more amazed about the pain they endured to get there. In America, we are impressed with outcome and Forget that a story was within the process! Today, breathe! You will get there!!!!
“Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD!” Msg Bible Prov 3:5