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Redirecting the worries brought on by the medical school reapplication process

I am a reapplicant. Those are four words that every reapplicant shies away from and for understandable reasons, having been one myself. They are laced with fear, self-doubt, and perhaps some shame. And that’s okay.
This was my painful journey as a reapplicant: I was waitlisted at my top school the first time around and was reassured that I had a high chance of gaining admission that very year, but obviously did not make it. The intensity of the emotions that followed were more intense than anything I had imagined, but then again, when does life work out the way we expect it to?

Let me start with the first. I was incredibly and deeply devastated. My dreams had come crumbling down before my very eyes, and after months–no–YEARS of pining for it, the only thing I wanted in my very sheltered life was taken away from me. I was and always have been the kind of girl who goes for what she wants. I was that driven girl that was awarded scholarships and did well on standardized tests and beat out the competition. I was disappointed in myself. If I had done so well before, what was stopping me now? Why me? I eventually realized that I could not answer these questions. Actually no one could, so why was I trying to? For the first few months after my rejection was solidified and had sunken in, I took it personally. Extremely personally. Everything I touched, did, or even experienced the least bit of joy, I felt I did not deserve because I had not achieved the ONLY thing I had ever so badly wanted. What good was my life, and what good were my efforts if they all went to waste?
Never, I repeat, never think like this. Thoughts like this are poisonous and will not only bring you down, but will take others with you. The only way to beat this is to pick yourself up (I know it’s hard, but stay with me), reapply, apply to some back-up options such as grad schools, jobs, etc (believe me, the peace of mind alone makes this worth doing), and to let yourself enjoy your life. Who cares if you didn’t make the first cut? You’re in very good company (approximately 50% of all applicants, I believe) and are a very smart, very talented individual that deserves that white coat just as much as everyone else wearing it. Believe this.
Once you believe that you deserve to enjoy your life just as much as the next person, it will only get better from there. Catch up with that friend you’ve been meaning to call, knock on a neighbor’s door and get to know them, meet up with people in your school or workplace. The point is to get yourself out there. Immerse yourself in people and hobbies that are important to you and you’ll find yourself thinking less about what you could have been doing and more about what you ARE doing.
Even after all of this trouble to get your life back in order, you may find that some of those pesky, nasty feelings weasel their way back in somehow. That’s okay too, and as long as you can accept this (after all, you’re only human), shut them out, and move on, it’ll be over before you know it. Lean on loving friends and family to help out with this part.
Things will fall into place and you will get that coveted seat in a medical class one day, whether it be this year, next year, or the following year. As long as you figure out that that’s what you want, you’ll get it. One of my favorite teachers in high school used to say this and I’ve never heard anything ring truer: “whatever happens is exactly what was supposed to happen.” You cannot always control what happens to you, so stop comparing yourself to others, stop thinking about how you pictured your life being at the age you are now, and start embracing whatever comes your way. In regards to all the haters, judgers, and overall naysayers: even if they couldn’t hate on you for this, they’d find something else to judge you for instead. They always do. So who cares? Go live your life!

Founded SDN in 1999. Serve as volunteer IT director for the site. Founded SDN in 1999. Serve as volunteer IT director for the site.