This testimony was written on November 29, 2009. I shared this during a Thanksgiving dinner in church.
My name is Alex, and I would like to share what God has done in my life in the past 1.5 years.
I guess a good starting point would be the quitting of my job in May 2008. Previously, I was an accountant in a public accounting firm. By the time I quit, my relationship with Jesus was quite cold. Tax season and my 12 hour work days took a toll on me mentally and spiritually. I could not envision this continuing for the next forty years and I told my boss I had to quit. He asked for a reason for my resigning, and I told him that I wanted to pursue the medical field –- I am going to become a doctor.
I Had Little Chance of Getting into Medical School
My journey for admissions into medical school did not begin on a high note, spiritually. I knew that my previous work experience was not satisfying and I needed something –- anything –- better. The health field seems interesting, so why shoot for the top, as doctor.
If I take an impartial view of my background, I would have to say medical school acceptance would require a lot of luck or divine intervention. If I look at the competition and want to be competitive myself, this is what I’ll need:
- a strong background in general science (biology, physics, chemistry, and organic chemistry). I did not have a strong background in science. I took one science class throughout my four years in college –- an introductory biology course.
- to be an effective writer (for the personal essays).
- to be an effective communicator (for the interviews).
- to be an effective student (for a high GPA). I bombed my freshman year classes, which lead me to a loss in scholarships, and forced me to transfer to a different school. My GPA at the end of the first year of college was less than 3.0.
- to be an effective test taker (for the MCAT, the medical school admissions test). Since MCAT is the standardized method of gauging one applicant’s knowledge in science to another applicant’s knowledge, I will need a score of 30 or higher, which means I will need to do better than 80% of the test takers in the nation.
- medical field related experience. I had none thus far.
Realistically, I probably have no chance for an admission.
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