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GL on the WL

In applying to med school on May 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm

As crazy as this entire application process has been, there is one thing in particular I am extremely grateful that I have been spared dealing with – The Dreaded Waitlist. I know many friends who have succumbed to the draining process of trying to work their way off the WL – it has the power to jade people and to push them off the edge we tend to tread on during this process. It is known for it’s cruelty and hardening effects…don’t let it get to you!

As much as I was going crazy back in fall, waiting to hear from schools, at least I can say that I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was either 100% in or out of a school. I have the utmost sympathy for those suffering the experience of sitting on waitlists. Hopefully, those waiting have at least one acceptance at a school they like that they know they can fall back on. Even still, it must bite to be so close to being accepted to one of your top choices, and having to wait on baited breath for May 15th to roll around…the date when people must officially commit to one school and withdraw from others, slowly freeing up seats…hoping that your number gets called somewhere between now and Student Orientation. I vividly recall how compulsively I checked my email in the fall, anxiously awaiting (hopefully) good news of interview invites and acceptances, rather than rejections. I’m sure WLers are in that same soggy boat right now.

To those suffering on the WL – Keep the faith! If you really want to attend a certain institution, remain faithful in sending update letters and letters of interest and/or intent. Hopefully, you’ve stayed busy during the process and have some meaningful things to add to your application file – A’s, volunteer work, clinical exposure, research, etc – or can strengthen your argument for your “fit” with the school by  comparing it to other interview days you’ve had and why this school sticks out. If you’ve put in your work in the classroom and during this process, relax and breathe easy – at this point, it is out of your hands. Ignore the probing questions from family, friends, and nosey neighbors asking where you’ll be come August…it’s none of their business anyways! Stay busy, occupied, and productive. For those of you without a solid acceptance, start prepping your AMCAS and secondaries now. Yes, it sucks that you might throw away a few hundred dollars by submitting your AMCAS early, BUT better to invest in securing a better position for the next application cycle than sitting back and seeing what happens, possibly left caught out there without an acceptance AND entering later in the app process. Personally, I think file processing accounts for 30% of successfully gaining admission (no way to prove this, just a hunch), so get your’s in early and ahead of everyone else’s, then withdraw if necessary.

Trust me, patience is nowhere near my strongest virtue, but it is a great virtue to have, and something that I feel this application process can help develop in you, if you allow it. Good luck my WLers!!! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes I’ve found to be true…

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. ~ Calvin Coolidge

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