When I came to the University of Michigan, I did not really know what to expect. I went to a small private school with a graduating class of 16. Because my school was so small, there were no advanced classes for me to take in high school. I knew that I would be challenged throughout my time at Michigan but I did not know what that would look like since I was never challenged in high school. After I started my first semester, I started feeling discouraged. I knew I wanted to go to medical school after college but I did not think that would be possible if I did not do exceptionally well during my first semester.
During the panel in last Thursday’s lecture, I learned that even if I were to fail a class I could still be able to go to medical school. I had already heard that medical schools practice holistic review but I didn’t really believe it. It was very refreshing to hear that some of the graduates that were on the panel had either failed a class or received a poor grade and were still able to be successful. However, it is important to make sure that you are able to learn something from your failures and move on.
Looking towards the future, I know that I will be challenged in many ways along my journey. I hope to be able to find things that I am passionate about to study and to be involved in, instead of trying to make myself into a perfect, cookie-cutter medical school applicant with perfect grades and MCAT score. My question to you, my fellow HSSPer, is “what are you passionate about and how do you plan on being successful at Michigan outside of the classroom?”