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    CoffeeandMedicine reacted to RichardDegrasseSagan in Lost (With Updates and Acceptance)   
    Hi all,
    I haven't had a chance to be as active or contribute to the community as much I'd like to be, but I figured I'd post an update/reflection on here. I feel like many of us non-trads go through similar challenges when applying to and/or completing medical school. I hope some of you are able to derive some inspiration through my process and avoid the mistakes I've made.
    Guilt: I feel like this is often a burden to us. Guilt for being behind. Guilt for not performing on tests/courses. Guilt for not preparing hard enough for interviews. That's not to say you shouldn't have a constructive analysis of previous mistakes, just don't feel guilty about your previous life circumstances. I think being able to make mistakes, learning from them, and improving is as admirable (if not more) than never making any mistakes at all. So embrace your past self, learn from their mistakes, and improve on them. Building on your imperfections is what’s made you so strong.  
    For me, I had started feeling a lot of guilt after getting into medical school for not maintaining the intensity that I kept throughout the process of getting there. I started feeling guilt for taking time for myself and not dedicating it towards philanthropic pursuits. And I recently realized: if I don't take time for myself and learn how to be a happy/healthy individual, am I really in a great position to try to provide these tools to my patients/others? It doesn't matter what stage you're in (pre-med, medical student, doc), taking time for yourself to be happy/healthy is not something you should ever feel guilty about. I would argue that this might be one of the more important aspects of life: creating a sphere of healthiness/happiness around you by first making yourself happy and healthy. Participate in charity and philanthropy, but don't overextend yourself. Always remember, charity begins at home! 
    Purposelessness: There's sometimes a tendency to be tunnel-visioned into working extremely hard to get into med. You don't think too much about what happens after, and just assume that things will be amazing after. Its important to realize that 1st/2nd year are primarily lecture-based. There is very limited patient interaction, so you don't the positive feedback of helping others during this time. As an example, I saw my older brother battle through addiction once he got to professional school - after all that hard work/sacrifice he put into the acceptance, he wasn't sure about what came next or what he wanted out of life. Happiness and contentment doesn't wait at the gates of medical school. Your acceptance might give you some security about your career, but it only addresses one facet of your life. I told myself that I would keep a balanced lifestyle and made sure to be a happy person (I may have overcompensated see below )
    Complacency: When you get to medical school, you get exposed to the rigorous work schedules of the clerks (3rd/4th year medical students), residents, and staff physicians.  I thought to myself "man, I better make the most of my pre-clerkship years before shit hits the fan." In fact, all the upper years tell you the same: "enjoy pre-clerkship while you can." This is true. Pre-clerkship is super fun with all the parties and your suddenly booming social life. Combine that with the fact that us non-trads have often sacrificed so much to get here - it can become very easy to tip the balance. Be on the lookout if you ever catch yourself steering towards this end. ESPECIALLY for you current pre-clerks (incoming 1st years or 2nd years) who will have online lectures. What works for me: actively attending/listening to lectures. The process of just being present is a huge step into keeping you engaged and maintaining your academic life.
    TL;DR: be kind to yourself throughout the process of getting into medical school – learn from your mistakes, don’t feel guilty about them. Try to learn what you want out of life so that medical school doesn't become your end goal and you are not left with a feeling of purposelessness once you're in. Once you get in, there will be a sense of complacency. Figure out a way to counter this - I always felt that going to lectures kept me engaged (medicine is inherently interesting to most of us, so this should take care of itself). And finally, prioritize your own healthiness/happiness as this will trickle down to your patients and those in your sphere of life. Don't ever feel guilty about not participating in a myriad of extracurricular if it comes at the expensive of your own healthiness/happiness.
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    CoffeeandMedicine got a reaction from Qplsmxksowi in Wait list 2020   
    Thank you! They accepted it this afternoon! They told me they'll be offering my seat to the next person on the waitlist tomorrow! 
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    CoffeeandMedicine got a reaction from skmed257 in Wait list 2020   
    According to the AFMC data over the past 5 years there's been between 3-7 deferrals each year. I don't know if they cap it each year but they approved mine very quickly and easily  One of you guys should be getting an email tomorrow!
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    CoffeeandMedicine got a reaction from tallshirts in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Status: Accepted!!!!! 1st quartile IP - Regina 
    Time Stamp: June 3, 2020
    GPA: No idea! I did my undergrad at 2 schools with an 87 GPA at one and only letter grades at the other with one year where I had both a D and a W on my transcript, and I have a 91 GPA in my Masters. So I would guess somewhere in the 80's
    MCAT Score: 505
    Location: IP
    I honestly felt like crap after my interview so I'm so excited to be able to make this post!!! This was my 2nd year applying so please never give up. I'll be requesting a deferral of my seat since I'm not quite finished my Masters yet so hopefully this means good news for someone else on the waitlist.
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    CoffeeandMedicine got a reaction from skmed257 in Wait list 2020   
    Hey guys!! I just got accepted today and I'm so excited!!!!! I will be submitting a request for a 1 year deferral to finish my Masters degree so hopefully that means good news for the next person in line if they accept that deferral! I was given until Friday (June 5) to accept my offer btw!
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    CoffeeandMedicine got a reaction from skmed257 in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Status: Accepted!!!!! 1st quartile IP - Regina 
    Time Stamp: June 3, 2020
    GPA: No idea! I did my undergrad at 2 schools with an 87 GPA at one and only letter grades at the other with one year where I had both a D and a W on my transcript, and I have a 91 GPA in my Masters. So I would guess somewhere in the 80's
    MCAT Score: 505
    Location: IP
    I honestly felt like crap after my interview so I'm so excited to be able to make this post!!! This was my 2nd year applying so please never give up. I'll be requesting a deferral of my seat since I'm not quite finished my Masters yet so hopefully this means good news for someone else on the waitlist.
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    CoffeeandMedicine got a reaction from 12345mdsk in Wait list 2020   
    Hey guys!! I just got accepted today and I'm so excited!!!!! I will be submitting a request for a 1 year deferral to finish my Masters degree so hopefully that means good news for the next person in line if they accept that deferral! I was given until Friday (June 5) to accept my offer btw!
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    CoffeeandMedicine got a reaction from bcpremed2020 in Wait list 2020   
    Hey guys!! I just got accepted today and I'm so excited!!!!! I will be submitting a request for a 1 year deferral to finish my Masters degree so hopefully that means good news for the next person in line if they accept that deferral! I was given until Friday (June 5) to accept my offer btw!
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    CoffeeandMedicine got a reaction from Kate spade in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Status: Accepted!!!!! 1st quartile IP - Regina 
    Time Stamp: June 3, 2020
    GPA: No idea! I did my undergrad at 2 schools with an 87 GPA at one and only letter grades at the other with one year where I had both a D and a W on my transcript, and I have a 91 GPA in my Masters. So I would guess somewhere in the 80's
    MCAT Score: 505
    Location: IP
    I honestly felt like crap after my interview so I'm so excited to be able to make this post!!! This was my 2nd year applying so please never give up. I'll be requesting a deferral of my seat since I'm not quite finished my Masters yet so hopefully this means good news for someone else on the waitlist.
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    CoffeeandMedicine got a reaction from Helpimscared in Wait list 2020   
    Hey guys!! I just got accepted today and I'm so excited!!!!! I will be submitting a request for a 1 year deferral to finish my Masters degree so hopefully that means good news for the next person in line if they accept that deferral! I was given until Friday (June 5) to accept my offer btw!
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    CoffeeandMedicine got a reaction from Helpimscared in Wait list 2020   
    In the same boat. Very worried at this point but trying to distract myself.
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    CoffeeandMedicine reacted to skmed257 in Wait list 2020   
    Hey everyone, just wanted to reach out and say I received my official offer of acceptance today! Sent out at 3:03pm for a Regina spot. I will be accepting & I am so looking forward to begin this journey. Goodluck to everyone else on the waitlist, wishing you all the best. 
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    CoffeeandMedicine got a reaction from skmed257 in Wait list 2020   
    Looks like we're both in the 1st quartile, so good luck to both of us
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