Accepted to Medical School! [Flashback to 2 Years Ago]

Acceptance photo 2_FotorIt was the spring of my senior year of high school. The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and all was well with the world (or are those just my rosy thoughts that I associate with this day?).

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!


3 thoughts on “Accepted to Medical School! [Flashback to 2 Years Ago]

    • Yes indeed! It definitely has its pros and cons (which I’ll be writing about soon), but it has worked out very well with my general attitude and outlook on school. 🙂


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