|Scrubs are so comfy!|
2000 B.C.—Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D.—That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 A.D.—That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1920 A.D.—That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1945 A.D.—That pill is ineffective. Here, take this penicillin.
1955 A.D.—Oops . . . bugs mutated. Here, take this tetracycline.
1960–1999—39 more “oops.” Here, take this more powerful antibiotic.
2000 A.D.—The bugs have won! Here, eat this root.
I intended to be more proactive with this blog, but that’s certainly gone awry. I think I worry that what I write isn’t up to a good standard, and doesn’t get across what I want to say accurately. Not because of other people reading it, but me re-reading it. I must be my biggest critic. I just end up rewriting it until it’s definitely lost all credible meaning. (I guess I just want to write something profound, I think I read that in a book once, Orwell maybe?) Much like my personal statement. I sent it to someone and within the 24 hours it took them to reply, it had completely changed. I think it’d still be tweaking it now if the deadline hadn’t passed. Oh yep I’ve applied for 2014 entry :)
I’ve strengthened my application no a lot over the summer-which baffles me more why I hadn’t posted anything. In fact, I volunteered at a respite centre and it was reading someone’s blog that convinced me to jump into it. I think I will (yes will!) write dedicated posts on it all, because I find it interesting reading other peoples experiences on volunteering/work experience, besides sorting it out and getting the most out of it can be very daunting. But the tl;dr version: I had amazing times at all of the experiences, and met some great people. My close friends from my hometown aren’t applying to medicine, so don’t really know the process and the angst involved, in fact they just ask ‘Philley, are you a doctor yet?’ every now and again, so it was really nice meeting people who understand what I’m going through, and can help with things like personal statements. But the medicine factor aside, I didn’t expect to connect with the people there, since my new friend making skills aren’t great :P but I met some lovely people- I met up with one in a Uni I’ve applied to recently as it happens. I learnt a lot about myself, and improved myself, spending 20 hours + with people will do that I guess! I think I’m a much better person for doing it all.
But yeah, re: not getting on first time. If I think realistically I don’t think I’ll get in this cycle. Although I did my best work experience/volunteering wise, my UKCAT grade wasn’t amazing, it wasn’t bad, it was merely ‘alright’. In the end I didn’t sit the GAMSAT as I wanted to concentrate on volunteering/work experience this cycle, I really wish I had though, I could’ve made it work. But I still applied, it’s given me experience of applying and really geared up me up. Its got me into personal statement writing mode too, and who knows, by the next cycle I might be 100% happy with it! ;)I’ve looked into some routes for if I don’t get in: masters, travelling, HCA work. All I’ll be pretty happy with, so it the inevitable hopefully won’t be that much of a downer!
(Here’s hoping I keep my promise to myself and keep up with posting!)