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    ChickenDinner got a reaction from Tullius in Feeling alone in med school   
    In my experience, the reason my GPA and MCAT were less affected than my ECs was because of time investment. I worked at least 25 hours per week. When I wasn't working, I was in class or studying. This meant I did okay in classes but ECs were hard for me to pursue, especially during the school year. I wouldn't say my income level had nothing to do with my GPA -- that just wasn't my experience. Its very stressful to worry about paying for food, rent, books, and tuition and still get great grades. Also, GPA and MCAT may be more objective than ECs but there's still a lot of variability seeing as schools don't consider rigor of program and grade inflation reputation of certain degrees/schools.  
    I agree that ECs are definitely affected by SES. The point I was trying to make is that, for me, being lower income affected all aspects of my application -- not primarily ECs. I feel my GPA and MCAT would have been higher if I was able to afford more resources but I might be alone in that feeling. 
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    ChickenDinner got a reaction from hiyayosup in May 14 Countdown   
    I've actually been having a hard time sleeping at all. Never experienced this much insomnia before...a month left
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    ChickenDinner reacted to struggling2getin in May 14 Countdown   
    Anyone else been having nightmares of being rejected? I seem to get one almost weekly at this point. 
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    ChickenDinner reacted to DoctorArts in Feeling alone in med school   
    I 100% +1 this experience. I think my GPA was more impeded by my SES than my extra-curriculars, and I strongly disagree that GPA and MCAT are objective measures of intelligence. If they were, then you wouldn't see people with high GPAs and low MCATs or vice versa. Not having money affects everything, especially stress levels. Looking back I was decently resourceful at doing the extracurriculars I wanted to and developed my social skills, although that is also impacted by finances. That being said, GPA is forever, extracurriculars and MCAT can be fixed with relative ease after undergrad. 
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    ChickenDinner got a reaction from DoctorArts in Feeling alone in med school   
    In my experience, the reason my GPA and MCAT were less affected than my ECs was because of time investment. I worked at least 25 hours per week. When I wasn't working, I was in class or studying. This meant I did okay in classes but ECs were hard for me to pursue, especially during the school year. I wouldn't say my income level had nothing to do with my GPA -- that just wasn't my experience. Its very stressful to worry about paying for food, rent, books, and tuition and still get great grades. Also, GPA and MCAT may be more objective than ECs but there's still a lot of variability seeing as schools don't consider rigor of program and grade inflation reputation of certain degrees/schools.  
    I agree that ECs are definitely affected by SES. The point I was trying to make is that, for me, being lower income affected all aspects of my application -- not primarily ECs. I feel my GPA and MCAT would have been higher if I was able to afford more resources but I might be alone in that feeling. 
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    ChickenDinner reacted to blah1234 in Feeling alone in med school   
    Honestly, I don't know how much weight to put into those comments by UGME. I honestly think it's just looking at past classes with rose tinted glasses. I'm sure there is a huge recency bias in remembering stupid stuff that classes have done. 

    My colleagues and I just see learners not taking initiative with cases, showing up late without a good excuse, not interested in "learning". I don't have contact with all clerks and all residents and I definitely never saw all my colleagues in training so I want to err on the side of caution and assume this is the normal amount for every class of learners. I wasn't a perfect student but at least I showed up on time haha.

    I'm a big proponent of making medicine and higher education in general be more accessible. We need diversity in medicine to treat the diversity we see in patients. I hope we are able to do things like reduce tuition to help defray the perceived burden of student debt and get more applicants. Unfortunately, I think students from privilege will always have an edge as they have the luxury of time and money to help optimize their outcomes. 

    I was another professional before medicine and I will have to say while some physicians can be stuffy academics the overall elitism in the profession isn't that bad in the spectrum of "prestige" professions. People are pretty normal and even crass in medicine. I will say that our career path is surprisingly meritocratic compared to other lines of work I am familiar with. 
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    ChickenDinner reacted to Tullius in Looking for summer student   
    Hi OP,
    I'm so glad you posted here, it just so happens that I am looking for a company in the medical field to give me a donation/scholarship to help fund my education. 
    I need a donation or scholarship from a company with a strong reputation that will look good on my CV. This will help your company develop skills in good corporate citizenship.
    Specifically, I need funds to help cover tuition and general educational expenses, as well as funds for travel to conferences and new clothes.  I also need money for more nutritious food and I could use some new shoes and a new laptop. Please send me a PM with the subject "DONATION TO TULLIUS EDUCATION FUND" and then I will give you my email so you can send an email money transfer.
    Suggested donation: $7000 (I estimate this is what you save by not paying summer students).
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    ChickenDinner reacted to clever_smart_boy_like_me in MMI Disaster   
    Keep busy, see friends, focus on school/work/volunteering, try a new hobby, read a book, watch Netflix, etc. Try mindfulness and staying present because it does no good to focus on something that is out of your hands now.
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    ChickenDinner got a reaction from clever_smart_boy_like_me in MMI Disaster   
    I don't know about this either...I've always pictured adcoms sitting around a table and arguing back and forth in support of certain applicants but no clue if this is true 
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    ChickenDinner reacted to rmorelan in MMI Disaster   
    it can seem that way - I don't think they are indifferent but are rather unsure how to make it easier. 
    One other factor - there is some logic to results not coming out in the middle of Apr, i.e. middle of exams. That for obvious reasons can be quite a stressful thing to endure, and there is no way to ensure it can be released well before exams either. 
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