I Turned to God for Help
In myself and in my strength, I had no hope. And so, I turned to God for help, and he did help me.
I knew that my relationship with Jesus must be renewed. I was negligent in speaking with him and in knowing more about him. So I established communication through prayer and learned more about God through reading the Bible. I had much more free time without a job and was able to renew the relationship with Jesus.
God Gave Me a Volunteering Experience
First, God provided me with health field experience.
It took two months, but God provided me a place to volunteer: Bergen Regional Medical Center with the long-term care unit. The patients at the LTC are mostly elderly and all of them need help living –- whether it is getting in and out of beds, taking a shower, going to the bathroom, etc.
God gave me a great mentor, Aeyoung, who showed me how to interact with them. She loves her job and loves the patients, and it would behoove me to emulate her dedication.
When I first started there, not many people liked me besides Aeyoung. The head of the volunteer department was quite curt with me. Aeyoung’s co-workers were against me attending the unit’s BBQ party because they didn’t think I would help out. Some of them even said means thing about me behind my back.
But in time, God blessed my time there.
- The patients were open with me. Mr. Bruno, a patient there, even has a nickname for me, “AJ,” because he forgot my name (but only remembered the first letter of my name).
- The head of the volunteer department started to like me more and more as she saw my commitment beyond a few weeks.
- Some of Aeyoung’s co-workers are open to me now too.
- Lauren, the woman at HR who got me the position, is very friendly with me. When I asked to shadow doctors over the past summer, she pulled some strings and enabled me to shadow physicians at the hospital’s outpatient clinic.
- Last month, I also appeared in the hospital’s newsletter as volunteer of the month.
In a sense, I feel like Mordecai in the fine prince robe seated on the horse in the midst of such a rough beginning.
God Gave Me Good Grades
Second, God provided me with an adequate science education in Bergen Community College.
Between studying for the MCAT on my own and studying in class, I was able to get a 4.0 GPA in my studies in BCC, which will help offset my poor freshman year GPA. I also gained the favor of many of my science teachers, who would then be willing to write letters of recommendation on my behalf.
God Gave Me a Good MCAT Score
Third, the MCAT was a big ordeal that God helped me overcome.
I took the test on April 2009, almost a year since the quitting on my job and almost a year into my science education. At this time, I have not finished my physics and chemistry classes. I have not even taken organic chemistry yet, which was tested on the MCAT. My practice exam scores were less than satisfactory.
The week before the test, I was extremely stressed. I remember standing outside the church doors, not wanting to go in, because I could not concentrate on the message. This is very uncharacteristic of me because I hardly get stressed or freak out.
After 30 minutes outside, God reminded me that it was not me in control, but Him. If he wanted me to go to medical school, he will get me there no matter what I got on MCATs. Once I realized that, I had peace in my heart when entered the church.
Upon my testing day, I felt nervous but had no worries because God is in control. I prayed that God’s will would be done –- whatever score I get, I will be content because God will lead me where to go.
After the test, I did not feel I did well. But again, my heart was peaceful.
One month later, the scores came back and I received a 30, which means I did better than 80% of the people who took MCAT. A 30 is a competitive score. (I remember a person telling me, “better luck next time,” as in I had no chance once she heard my score. But little did she know, it was God who gave me the score. I felt at peace.)
Everything Fell into Place
Finally, everything I needed, God provided.
Unlike most of my fellow applicants, I did not have access to the resources they had –- the health committees to guide them in the application process. God provided all the things I needed –- transcripts, ability to write coherent essays, etc. Therefore, my applications and essays were sent out promptly.
However, a few of the letters of recommendations have not yet been sent out. Because of the missing letters, my file was not complete. Even so, the first week of September, I received an interview invitation from UMDNJ in Stratford. I asked the lady from the admissions office if my file is considered complete and they replied, “yes.” How could this be because I know one of my teachers have yet to send his letter? My only conclusion is that whatever door God opens, it cannot be closed.
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