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Hello all. Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I'm very much on the non-traditional side of things. I'm 30, a mother of two and starting this all out without even an undergrad or EC to my name. I'm starting a BSci next fall with the aim to apply for med school afterwards.
It's ambitious and probably five kinds of crazy, but I know it's the route for me. I've wanted medical school for a long time, but let life events and my circumstances dictate the direction my life would take. I'm finally putting the foot down and taking back the control and doing things the way I've wanted to for a long time. 

I know it's going to be hard, I know there's lots I may have to sacrifice... but to me it's going to be worth it in the end. My end goal (at the moment, subject to change as all things are), is to become a family physician working in one facet or another with military members and/or their families. My husband is in the military, I'm joining the reserves in a few short months... I feel like it's a community I'm passionate about helping. 

But yeah, that's me. I look forward to learning as much as I can about the profession and the application process in the years to come. Any advice people want to throw my way is welcome. I know it's a big leap, especially starting out where I am and I understand I may not be successful at the end of all of this... but I want to at least say I tried. 

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hey - check out premed postmom's blog and account here - that immediately came to mind. She started close to where you are, and is almost though family medicine now. There is an entire community out there of people doing something similar (her blog is http://premedpostmom.blogspot.com/)

Point is it takes a ton of work (as it does for all) but is possible. 

 

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31 minutes ago, colta said:

Thank you for the blog to check out and the info on Queens. I'll definitely have to look some more into them. 

@freewheeler haha, thanks I think?

Yes, echoing @IMislove, many in the MMTP at Queen’s. Some with kids. From what I’ve learned, military provides many benefits for those with families. Zero tuition, you retain your salary from your position while in school, and the years you are in medical school and residency are considered pensionable years. 
 

Should add: these are benefits listed from considering your circumstances and the fact that you want to work in the military afterwards. 

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Hello. I was exactly in your situation a few years ago, starting an undergrad at 29. I am now in first year med. The premed era was a long and frustrating and disheartening process, but so worth it imo. One month into med school, I can tell you that all the sacrifices were worth it for me, and this is exactly what I want to be doing. There is nothing better than doing something meaningful everyday (studying medicine), especially after grinding 9-5 in jobs I was too good for (sorry for how that sounds) for many years. As for advice, everyone's situation is so different that it's hard to say what would land for you. But feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions! 

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5 hours ago, rmorelan said:

hey - check out premed postmom's blog and account here - that immediately came to mind. She started close to where you are, and is almost though family medicine now. There is an entire community out there of people doing something similar (her blog is http://premedpostmom.blogspot.com/)

Point is it takes a ton of work (as it does for all) but is possible. 

 

+1. Her blog is honest and offers good insights into the premed and medical life. I read it as a premed, I read it as a med student, and a lot of her experiences resonate. Plus, she is a very good writer. 

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On 9/19/2019 at 2:42 PM, colta said:

Hello all. Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I'm very much on the non-traditional side of things. I'm 30, a mother of two and starting this all out without even an undergrad or EC to my name. I'm starting a BSci next fall with the aim to apply for med school afterwards.
It's ambitious and probably five kinds of crazy, but I know it's the route for me. I've wanted medical school for a long time, but let life events and my circumstances dictate the direction my life would take. I'm finally putting the foot down and taking back the control and doing things the way I've wanted to for a long time. 

I know it's going to be hard, I know there's lots I may have to sacrifice... but to me it's going to be worth it in the end. My end goal (at the moment, subject to change as all things are), is to become a family physician working in one facet or another with military members and/or their families. My husband is in the military, I'm joining the reserves in a few short months... I feel like it's a community I'm passionate about helping. 

But yeah, that's me. I look forward to learning as much as I can about the profession and the application process in the years to come. Any advice people want to throw my way is welcome. I know it's a big leap, especially starting out where I am and I understand I may not be successful at the end of all of this... but I want to at least say I tried. 

Good Luck!! Believe it or not you're in a great position starting from scratch, it means you have nothing negative on your transcript to overcome.  I went to school right after High School and messed around eventually dropping out.  It's more than 15 years later now and overcoming those early marks has been an uphill battle, it follows you forever!  Keep your head up, grind and no matter how old you feel, take your time.  The only advice I can offer is, if you need to drop a class to ensure you don't receive anything below an A  do it!! Even if it will prolong your studies because overcoming those marks is nearly impossible. I'm pulling for you!!

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On 10/18/2019 at 1:07 PM, medschover30 said:

Good Luck!! Believe it or not you're in a great position starting from scratch, it means you have nothing negative on your transcript to overcome.  I went to school right after High School and messed around eventually dropping out.  It's more than 15 years later now and overcoming those early marks has been an uphill battle, it follows you forever!  Keep your head up, grind and no matter how old you feel, take your time.  The only advice I can offer is, if you need to drop a class to ensure you don't receive anything below an A  do it!! Even if it will prolong your studies because overcoming those marks is nearly impossible. I'm pulling for you!!

Thank you for the advice. It's hard to start school at this age with young kids and a busy home life. I've been doing some prep work on my own prior to classes started, trying to refresh my brain, clear out all the cobwebs and rust. It's been going well, but I'll be darned if there aren't some days where I just feel like I've put myself on some kind of fools errand. And I haven't even 'officially' started yet. 
Ah well, the motivation and advice from yourself and others helps remind me of why I've been holding on to this dream for so long and how worth it it is to me. So, back to the books! 

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On 10/20/2019 at 1:20 AM, colta said:

Thank you for the advice. It's hard to start school at this age with young kids and a busy home life. I've been doing some prep work on my own prior to classes started, trying to refresh my brain, clear out all the cobwebs and rust. It's been going well, but I'll be darned if there aren't some days where I just feel like I've put myself on some kind of fools errand. And I haven't even 'officially' started yet. 
Ah well, the motivation and advice from yourself and others helps remind me of why I've been holding on to this dream for so long and how worth it it is to me. So, back to the books! 

You've got the right attitude for sure! There will be moments that you'll want to quite but it truly is short lived pain, you'll look back at those moments and wonder what the big deal was once you get to the other side.  We continue to get older every day whether we pursue this or not, so why not look back in 5 years and be proud that we accomplished something in that time, if you ever need to vent or just chat about strategy feel free to PM me, we can support each other! :) 

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