Now that the breakup post is out there, I am finally ready to talk about medical school. Things have been finalized (scary!) and I’m all set to go, minus figuring out all the loan nonsense.
Fun fact: Today, April 30th, is the last day that students are allowed to hold positions at multiple medical schools. Today is decision day, but I made mine a little while ago. The break up helped with that – actually it helped me feel even more sure about where I already knew I wanted to be.
I applied to an absurd 19 schools. 15 is average, and I had to apply before I even knew my MCAT score, so I applied to quite a few that became totally out of reach for me. Looking back I probably wouldn’t have applied to quite as many because there were a few I really didn’t have much interest in, but when you are just terrified about getting into any medical school, just one please! applying to a ton of schools seems like a good idea.
I received interviews at five schools, which I’m super happy with.
Here is where I was accepted:
- University of Louisville
- University of Kentucky
- St. Louis University
- University of Illinois, Chicago
I also interviewed at Indiana University, but they don’t have to tell people their decision until June 1st so I’m not sure where I stand with them.
Without hemming and hawing about the pros and cons of each school, I’ll just cut to the chase:
I’m going to St. Louis University School of Medicine!
I’m moving home!
SLU is where my parents both went to medical school and also where I felt most comfortable. They have a focus on student mental health and wellness which I totally dig, too. All the students were really happy, my interactions with professors and interviewers were fantastic, and my friends that have gone there loved it. I think I’m going to be very happy there.
I’m so excited to finally be back around my family, to live in my home town, and to settle down for at least a little while. I have work here in Louisville through July, then I’ll be packing up just in time for my white coat ceremony and orientation in August. I have some good leads on where I’ll live (home is an option, though not one I’m fond of) so I’ll fill y’all in on that once I know for sure.
Thank you all for your support and excitement through this 2.5 year process (so far!) of changing careers — I’m so excited to finally get started in the medical field, study my butt off, and become a doctor!