Sometimes I just want to tell students to stop. Stop injuring yourself. Stop doubting yourself. Just stop.
Now that’s a pretty aggressive thing to say, yes? Yes?
Here’s what I mean. Thousands of students want to be reassured that they are at least marginally OK to be maybe considered even a little bit for medical schools. They are looking for hope, and that’s very understandable. But we’re talking about a competitive admissions process – there are more qualified applicants than there are seats available for them. So from my perspective as someone who packages applicants to help you become as qualified as possible – more qualified than most students can do by themselves – conversations about “am I still OK even though my [blank] isn’t [blank] enough?” are off topic.
Don’t do all this work in order to be barely qualified. Don’t take the MCAT so you can show up as a marginal applicant. You want to be the pre-med equivalent of The frickin’ Beatles (or the Stones or even Death Cab for Cutie – how about Incubus!).
Here’s the point: Be the super smart, highly capable, totally qualified, compassionate and loving “I’m going to be a med student” you can be.
And then … then you will be able to reassure yourself.