In case you missed the first two parts of my reflecting back series go ahead and do so now so you'll see just how we got here.
Reflecting Back Part 1
Reflecting back part 2
Going to FSU was such a great decision in my life and just everything thing went right for me from the start. I was doing well in my classes & made plenty of great friends so it seemed that I would be closer than ever in chasing my dream of being a physician. The only thing was I actually had no clue on just how to go about doing so. If you remember I didn't have any family members/friends who were physicians so I was quite clueless on how the process went. I remember having to go to the career center for a class assignment & the counselor asking me just what I had done thus far to get ready for the MCAT or improve my medical school application. *Imagine deer in headlights look* That was the first time I had ever heard of the MCAT, I had no clue there was this test that was going to determine whether I get into medical school or not. I just have to thank god for giving me that homework assignment because it probably would have been senior year before I realized all I needed to know about that test. The counselor above, Ms. Anderson just happened to be the advisor for MAPS(Minority Association of PreMedical Students) and she quickly encouraged me to join. [Check out my post on SNMA] I felt right at home with all over the other premedical students and still to this day I am still the best of friends with some of those students I met during that time.
But of course here comes the bump in the road that seems to be all too common for students who are pursuing medicine. I didn't realize it at the time but I had just registered for what many premedical students know as a “weed out” course in organic chem. Everything started at all right but it didn't take long (first exam) to realize I was in a fight which I would wind up on the losing side of. That entire semester was all bad as I ended up failing that class as well as getting a D on another. At the age of 20 I thought my life was over, I remember sitting in my room trying to imagine myself in another career and just completely drew a blank. I was depressed and like most premedical students took to this popular forum studentdoctor.net to see what options I had. For everyone who is familiar with the site you already know the answers I received, one word Quit. Fortunately with my chance encounter with Ms. Anderson and being in the MAPS organization quitting wasn't even an option I would consider…