I had just finished playing a soccer game, and I stopped by the post office to get the mail. Checking the mailbox has been a favorite activity of mine ever since I was a child, and this day it was no different. The anticipation of what may be on the other side of the shiny mailbox door and the knowledge that I may have a letter makes me excited every time.
Today, same as every other day, I inserted the key and opened the box to retrieve the mail. But today, there was a BIG ENVELOPE in the mailbox from UMKC.
If you don’t know what a big envelope means, let me enlighten you. I knew from reading every. single. post. all the way back to 2004 on College Confidential that a big envelope was good news. You see, there were a couple types of envelopes that you could receive from UMKC School of Medicine. A small, normal, letter-sized envelope was bad news. It meant that you were either rejected or placed on the wait list. However, a big envelope meant that you had just received an acceptance letter to medical school. Or so I had read.
I called my parents, hardly able to contain my excitement. I had not yet opened the envelope, and they agreed to meet me back at the house so that I could open it with them present. As I drove home, I hoped that it truly was correct that a big envelope was good news. What if the standard envelope sizes had changed? What if the students on College Confidential had been posting that a big envelope was good news just to mislead everyone? Yes, that was a bit far-fetched, but I was afraid to get my hopes up just in case they would be dashed when I read the letter.
Finally, both my parents and I were home, and I was ready to open my letter. It was with great suspense that I unsealed the envelope and pulled out the letter inside…then I started shrieking and jumping up and down! I had officially been accepted to medical school.
[This picture was taken shortly after I opened my letter. Note the disheveled hair from soccer…and the huge smile that stayed on my face for the next hour. I was so excited!]
Flash forward to today: I can hardly believe that it has been almost 2 years since I received my acceptance letter in the mail (okay, technically 18 months, but I’m rounding up). I feel very privileged to have spent the last year and a half of schooling in the 6 year program, and while it has been challenging at times, I have grown immensely through the experience. I can’t wait to see what is to come in the next 4 and 1/2 years until I graduate with my MD!