Just thought I would give a little encouragement and inspiration to those who may need it. Someone sent me this quote after my fourth MCAT attempt and it really offered some perspective and helped me feel better about my situation. It’s easy to get discouraged by the whole application process and want to give up. The funny thing is that one week before I was given an interview invite, I was really starting to doubt myself and thought that maybe I should give up. It seemed that every time the notification went off on my phone it was yet another rejection e-mail. I had also just received back the MCAT scores from my fourth attempt, and I had a Skype interview the same day with the pre-med committee of my graduate school. They decided in the interview that despite having a high graduate GPA, my low MCAT scores and undergraduate GPA would prevent them from writing me a pre-medical committee letter of recommendation. This basically meant I would be automatically rejected from the few schools I applied to that absolutely required this. The year 2013 marked over five years of applying to medical school and doing things to make myself a more competitive candidate, and I was just tired!!!! Fortunately though, I just could not see myself doing anything else in life (and trust me I’ve done a lot). This quote reminds me that nothing in life comes easy. You’ll face plenty of rejection, and the path will not always be straight-forward, or work out exactly as planned, but these are the things that add character and truly test an individual’s ability to succeed. It will all be worth it in the end.
I hope this helps someone as much as it has helped me.