It’s been three years now that I have been pursuing medicine. Thousands of dollars, good grades, volunteering time, clinical hours, taking the MCAT, multiple drafts of a personal statement, a master’s degree sans thesis, one medical school interview while 36 weeks pregnant, many rejections, one new baby, 2 babies breastfed, a zillion dirty diapers, months in the hospital, one blood clot, one pneumothorax, and one feeding tube later I’m still in the game. I still want to go into OB more than anything. It will be fun to see what this next year will bring. It’s sure been a ride this far!
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I started a genetics class a little over a week ago and like it so far. The first quiz, though, was a little rough but he drops the lowest two or so. I took the MCAT and am waiting for my score.
D1 loves school and is doing well in robotics club. D2 will start preschool on Tuesday. D3 loves preschool and had no problems. D4 is now nine months old and has one very sharp tooth. Breastfeeding is winding down since she is refusing to nurse. Children grow up so quickly.
Yesterday started a new application season for medical school. I applied to six DO schools in my area through AACOMAS. AMCAS (for MD) is delayed a week due to some problems that they were having, and I will be applying to Michigan schools once their system opens. I’ve been studying for the MCAT, and my BS and VS sections have been in the 10-11 range on FLs. I’m still doing content review for the PS section. If I can get up to a 10 on the PS section, I’ll be happy and consider myself done and ready to take the MCAT. I feel like a chronic MCAT rescheduler, but I’m not taking it until I feel comfortable. I have up until September (though this is considered extremely late) to still be considered for MD schools. I am lucky to have one school that has non-rolling admission within driving distance so taking it later won’t be as deadly as with rolling admissions schools. For DO schools, I have up until January at the very latest to take the MCAT, but I want to get this thing done and over with.
I’m registered to take genetics in the fall and biochemistry in the winter at an entirely new university, and I’m excited about that. I’ve also been thinking about what I’m going to do if I don’t get into a medical school this year. My plan right now will be to do an SMP in the area. There is one that has a high linkage with the medical school, and the school is only a half an hour away though it is over the state line. I’m trying to work myself up to not being let down so that I don’t get bummed out if I don’t succeed.
D4 will be six-months old next week. I can’t believe how time has flown by! She is definitely acting like an older baby. She’s ate all sorts of food already and loves all of it. D1 is graduating from kindergarten at the end of the week. I thought for sure that he would be held back because the teacher has been very critical of him for the entire year. He did get his first award at school today (better late than never). It’s been a really rocky school year, and I’m counting down the days for summer break. At home though, we are having lots of fun learning.
This week he learned how to multiply by 2s up until “2X10″ and do three-digit addition with regrouping. He also knows his angles on a graph such as 0 degrees, 30 degrees, 45 degrees, 90 degrees, 100 degrees, 180 degrees and so forth. He is also doing better with reading and has a reading tutor through the school because he was considered behind. He’s still into the Titanic, and now he likes watching the show Gold Rush. He also enjoyed doing some beginning programming at Code Academy, and I registered him for robotics camp during the summer and the robotics team for the school year. We also found out what school D1 will be going to next year since his school is closing due to budget cuts, and it is in another town!
D2 and D3 have been very helpful. They are registered for preschool, and I’ve been trying to get them ready. D3 is way better with writing and drawing than D2. Having them learn their letters, numbers, shapes, and colors has been nearly impossible. D2 should be starting kindergarten in a year from now, but I don’t know if he will be ready. They want them reading and doing math by the time that they start kindergarten, and he just doesn’t seem to get very much. We might have to do two years of kindergarten for him. I had no idea how hard school had become. D3 is also, I would say, completely potty trained even at night. That means that I have one left in diapers! Yay!
We are supposed to get a new couch/chair set soon. We’ve been waiting two months for it already. The children helped me plant the garden. I didn’t get to do one last year because I was in the hospital, so I’m glad to do one this year. We are mainly doing peas, beans, tomatoes, sunflowers, peppers, and various herbs. Keeping it simple.
There has been a lot going on over the last few weeks. I am registered at a different university to take genetics in the fall and biochemistry I in the winter semester. My sister graduated from BYU with her geology degree and has been in town for the last week (congrats Sarah). I’ve been studying like a mad woman for the MCAT. I’m getting consistent 10′s now in verbal and I’m working on getting the biology section up. I would like at least a 10-12 on the real test in this section. This month, I’ll be focusing on the physical science section since I’m behind in this area. The DO (AACOMAS) application system is open, and I’ve been busy filling out the information requested. My updated transcript also has already arrived to them. In June, I’ll get to submit even though I will be still waiting on my MCAT score that will come back in August.
The children are doing better. Everyone has been sick with colds and pink eye. D1 is into the Titanic right now. He went to the zoo on a field trip recently and had a good time. D2 has been sweet and helpful. D3 is getting so girly, and D4 (4.5 months old) is really interacting with everyone. Breastfeeding couldn’t be going any better. Also this week, we will tour a preschool in the area for next year for D2 and D3.
D4 is going to be 3 months tomorrow! I can’t believe how time flies when you’re having fun! Work is going great, and breastfeeding is still going well. My son’s school is closing after this year due to a budget deficit, and we are looking forward to sending our children to another school in the district. This first year of kindergarten has been very rough on D1, us as parents, and apparently the school. D1 is the best kid at home, but at school he seems to not be able to do anything that his teacher likes. We’ve gotten nothing but negative letters, phone calls, and emails ranging from complaints about how he likes to dress to acting “childish” in class. I’ve been tempted to pull him out of school a dozen times this year since this environment doesn’t appear to be good for us or them. It will be great to start anew with a different school and teacher. From this experience, I can understand why parents choose to homeschool their children.
The other kids are doing okay, and MCAT studying is going smoothly. I registered for the July 26, 2013 exam to be taken at the university closest to my home. I’m so exicited to get this beast taken care of. Furthermore, I thought more about where I am going to apply. There is another MD school (Western Michigan) opening! Yay! I also created an e-mail account specifically for medical school applications so that I don’t miss a single notification.
There isn’t much new around here. I’ve been thinking a little bit about the next medical school application cycle that begins in June. D1 turned six and got a Nintendo DS for his birthday. D2 and D3 have been getting into things, but I think that they are getting stir crazy from being inside so much all winter. D4 (two months old) is growing big and smiles and coos often. I also turned the big “30″ last week. I don’t feel any different, but man that’s getting up there! My family made my birthday extra special. I love them so much! My PEG tube site is also healing more and doesn’t leak.
I’ve also started studying for the MCAT the most seriously since the fall when I got invited to a medical school interview without even having an MCAT score and then rejected. I’m documenting my progress under “MCAT Journal” so people can see how others study while working and having children.