Success on the First Try
The interview at UMDNJ in Stratford was excellent.
My parents were able to come with me to the school. Paula, the lady at the admissions office, was very nice to me and my parents. They gave us vouchers for lunch. During the showing of the school, 3 – 4 medical students were giving me and my parents a private tour. (Usually, a tour consists of 2 students for 10 applicants or so.)
After the tour, I had to wait two hours for my interview, which was scheduled for 3:00 PM. Instead, the wait was only one hour, as one of the applicants did not show up. Paula, the nice lady I mentioned previously, told my interviewers that I was available and my interviewers came down and escorted me to the interview. God was definitely watching out for me, giving me an earlier interview for we can get home sooner rather than later.
I have two main concerns about the interview.
- The first one is how to give the glory to God.
- The second one is should I talk about the things I have done in church to boost my application?
I thought to myself: If they ask me about my MCAT score, I will use that moment to give the glory to God. And I will not talk about the things I do in church, as that is solely for God, not for my medical school admissions.
Praise God that in the interview, I was able to give the glory to God while not taking what I do for God for my own benefit.
Surprisingly, the very next day, the school called me and said I was accepted. Can you believe that? The very next day. Praise God! Certainly divine intervention was there.
UMDNJ – Stratford is among my top choices of medical school and God truly provided wonderfully.
Because this was my first interview and acceptance, I did not need to interview all around the country. One of the things I prayed for is God to take care of my finances as I do not have the resource to fly to 7 different schools and stay at 7 different hotels for interviews. And now, my prayer has been answered!
In addition, UMDNJ is a state school, which means yearly tuition is roughly $13,000 – $14,000 less than an out-of-state school.
God Granted My Request for Another Interview
Even though God has granted my request, I asked God for a little more, just as Abraham dared to ask God to lower his standard for Sodom. I asked God for an interview and acceptance into another UMDNJ school, a MD school. I wanted to see how the different UMDNJs compared to each other. If God can grant me acceptance to a DO school, maybe he can also grant me acceptance to a MD school.
At the beginning of October, I received an interview request from UMDNJ – Newark. Again, this interview request is a strange because my file was considered incomplete; they did not have all my letters of recommendation.
At the beginning of the application process, UMDNJ – Newark was my top choice because it is an in-state school and close to home. But as I visited the school, I did not like it as much. During my tour and interview at the school, I felt that UMDNJ – Stratford was better.
- At the time, UMDNJ – Newark was lacking a gym.
- My dad was with me as we visited the school but they did not provide him with a meal voucher.
- The people at the admissions office and the interviewer were not friendly.
When the school said I should be hearing back about their decision later that week, I did not receive word until a few weeks later. After the interview, I came back and felt a bit nervous. Did I make a good impression? Why couldn’t I say this better or have done that better? I came to God with my nervousness and he gave me peace, reminding me that he is in control.
God Closed a Door
A few weeks later, I received word from UMDNJ – Newark. As God destroyed Sodom even after Abraham’s bargaining, God waitlisted me in UMDNJ – Newark.
It is ok because I like UMDNJ – Stratford better. And God is just making it clearer where he wants me to go. He allowed me to compare the two schools and I saw that his decision was indeed better. Therefore, I will be attending UMDNJ – Stratford starting August 2010.
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