I Finally Received my Hogwarts Letter!

I Finally Received my Hogwarts Letter!

In several previous posts, I’ve mentioned some big changes happening in my life in 2018. I’ve also mentioned that I will be going back to school this summer. I haven’t told too many people, besides close friends and family back home, and a handful of friends that I’ve made here in Germany. So, here is my public announcement:

I FINALLY RECEIVED MY HOGWARTS LETTER!

Okay…

So maybe it’s not quite Hogwarts, but it sure does look like it!

I was recently accepted to Bryn Mawr’s Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program. One of the oldest (and arguably the best) programs of its kind, this program will prepare me for medical school in just twelve short months, and I’ll be starting that looong journey in becoming a doctor! One of the amazing aspects of this program is the linkages that this program offers. Bryn Mawr has consortial options with the likes of Columbia Med, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell, Boston, and UPenn to name a few. This linkage program allows you to skip the gap year (necessary for applications and interviews), and some schools even nix the MCAT requirement.

Crazy, right?!

I know that it’s crazy that I want to become a doctor. And I know that at this point in my nursing career, I could easily become a nurse practitioner and bring in a good salary with a great work life balance and minimal schooling, while doing many things that a doctor can do. But the idea of medical school and a medical career is something just hasn’t left me in the past five years (since 2013!), and I think I just have to go for it. If there’s something I’ve learned since graduating in the Spring of 2016, it’s that I absolutely love being a student, and that I want to continue to work internationally, serving the military and those that desperately need medical care around the world.

For some strange reason, whenever I tell someone that I want to become a doctor, I feel like I have to justify myself and explain my reasons for wanting that. Maybe it’s because of this unspoken nurse-doctor turf battle. Maybe I am very proud of being a nurse and the things that I’ve been able to do as a nurse. Maybe I am afraid that people will judge me.

But the truth of the matter is that I’m the only person that will live this life through my eyes. And I want to spend it conquering crazy dreams, and summiting the tallest peaks of this world. Becoming a doctor is part of that.

I’ll post an essay I wrote (one that I also submitted to the Bryn Mawr admissions committee) that attempts to explain my motivations for becoming a doctor.

Lets all keep reaching for the stars, breaking down barriers, and exploring every corner of the world for the rest of our lives!



1 thought on “I Finally Received my Hogwarts Letter!”

  • Miki, I’m Randy’s Aunt in Arkansas and we met at Randy’s graduation in Houston so I have kept up with you two through my brother. I’m thrilled that you and Randy get to do so much traveling and the photos are beautiful. 60 years ago I had a pen pal in Japan and after writing for a few years we lost touch. Well he found me about 4 or 5 years ago and have e-mailed since. He lives in Nagoya and I told him I would have you and Randy look him up the next time you’re there. Tell my favorite nephew Hi!! and please feel free to contact me. Rachael

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