“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.” – C.S. Lewis
The last time I updated this blog was last March. It was before I spent my precious month break of study abroad to prepare for the MCAT (which if you are not familiar is the test for U.S. medical school admission), took my final exams in London, embarked on a backpacking trip around the UK, spent 2 weeks learning about green spaces in East London, applied to U.S. medical schools and finished my last year of college (or the European-equivalent of university). Phew!
If you are here and decided to continue reading, thank you! I want to share a little update:
I always intended to document my time in London and journey to different U.S. cities; yet, time just seemed to escape me.
(or let’s be real, it’s the senioritis – is this a familiar phenomenon in Europe?)
Just kidding. I did take 7 courses during my last semester of college, but the angst of “being an adult” was a challenge to subdue. As an international student, I remember filling out an Excel sheet and calculating acceptance rates for internationals at medical schools. To be honest, it was quite depressing when 1% was considered “a good chance.”
The extreme likelihood of rejection was difficult for me to grasp. I think we are all afraid of failure in some ways. We don’t want to disappoint our love ones or worse ourselves. But then there’s a beauty of being in my 20s. If I fail, I have nothing to lose, so why not learn as much as possible? I became more focused on sharpening skills and discovering practical ways to apply my knowlege. I built a web app, dabbed into Natural Language Processing research, and learned about drug discovery. Failure was no longer a crippling fear since it became an opportunity for liberation.
And here I am. A month after graduation. A month before medical school. Reminiscing, recording, reflecting. I am eternally grateful for my parents, my friends, and my professors. The support I have been received brought me to where I am today. As for the blog, I hope to continue sharing some of my travel experiences that may help you in your journey.
Aww, if you have reached here, thank you for reading my rambling. If you are curious about anything, feel free to comment below. Until next time! 🙂