It took me a while to look into schools because I felt so intimated and repulsed and confused by the idea of going to medical school. Writing about it and listening to everyone’s ideas in class really helped, now I feel less nervous when considering the possibility of going to medical school. Here it is:
1. University of California, Irvine. School of Medicine.
I really want to return to southern California. My 88 year old grandmother lives alone in Irvine right now, so it would really be ideal if I were able to attend school there and possibly live with my grandmother. Their prompt:
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of and why? (1,500 characters with spaces).
Please describe to the Admissions Committee a challenge you have overcome and what you learned about yourself from that experience. (1,500 characters with spaces).
2. Stony Brook Medicine
What more can I say about Stony Brook? I like this school. If I could stay, I will. Their prompt:
WHAT ASPECTS OF THE FIELD OF MEDICINE MOST INTRIGUE YOU AND DESCRIBE HOW THEY WILL INFLUENCE YOUR MEDICAL PRACTICE?
DESCRIBE AN OBSTACLE YOU’VE OVERCOME AND HOW IT HAS DEFINED YOU.
DESCRIBE AN EXTRACURRICULAR EXPERIENCE THAT YOU HAVE HAD WHICH WILL HELP YOU BECOME A COMPASSIONATE PHYSICIAN AND EXPLAIN WHY.
3. Monterey Institute of International Studies – MA for Interpretation and Translation.
Being a bilingual, I have always entertained the idea of honing my language skills and possibly building a career out of it. If I didn’t feel the need/pressure to apply to medical school, I would be studying linguistics right now, a dream major that I always wanted. Their prompt:
600 Word Statement of Purpose: Please describe how the Monterey Institute of International Studies will help you
achieve your professional goals.