A Step Closer…An Interview Invitation to Medical School

For the past several years, it has been my hope to pursue a career in medicine. Although there have been setbacks, delays and disappointments, I am happy to announce that I received an invitation to interview at my top-choice medical school!

January had been a tough month for me with multiple refusals from several medical schools. When I received one “no” after the other, I was tempted to lose hope. But I knew there was still one university pending and my prayer was that the best outcome for my family and I would prevail.

As I waited for the interview decisions to come out yesterday, my emotions fluctuated between hope, excitement, dread and fear. So many friends and family were waiting for the news and I did not want to disappoint them. My husband and I decided that we would wait for him to get home from work before checking online for the status of my application. The level of suspense was high and at one point in the day, I folded my arms on the dining room table, let a few tears fall down my face and said, “God, I did my best, whatever happens today, may your will be done!

Looking back at the months of waiting and the moments of disappointment, I can say that things are working out for the best because this particular university that I received an invitation to is one of the top universities in Canada, it is the closest one to where we live and also happens to be my alma mater.  I am truly blown away and humbled that I was chosen to interview because the competition was stiff.

Through all of this, I am just grateful to have made it a step further in my dream of becoming a doctor. The last hurdle will be to get through the interview and make it to the final cut. It is a huge challenge but if I’ve made it this far, there is still hope and I am going to give it my very best shot!

So the next few weeks will be spent ramping up my interview practice in preparation for my multiple-mini-interview (MMI) on May 2nd. I am thrilled, excited and so very hopeful that things will work out for the best! No matter what happens, I am so happy to have made it this far and for the incredible support I have received from those around me.

Never give up on your dreams. The mountain may seem insurmountable but there is always a way to get to the top! We just have to keep going!

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37 thoughts on “A Step Closer…An Interview Invitation to Medical School

  1. Malaika!!! Am at the university library preparing for finals, “caught in the web” (ahem, pun intended) of software and web design projects. It’s been great. Still, not even these could distract me from expressing my overwhelming joy at your latest news!!! (The grin so wide I’m sure those other students noticed 🙂 )

    I’m just so thrilled and I always knew that it was a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’ you’d get that ticket—the interview—to medical school.

    Not to get ahead of myself, but: “Welcome to Medical School!”

    In the spirit of my alma mater: “GO” do (more) great things in this world!

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much Kenel! I love your enthusiasm and really appreciate your support 🙂 How have you been? I hope all is well with you and your family. I am wishing you all the best on your finals. I am sure you will do great. Thanks again for all your support! It means a lot 🙂

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  2. Oh! Life’s been quite humbling but exciting. The possibilities excite, the comfort of home and amazing children who continue to keep their grandpa young a catalyst to keep striving! The days I’m up to my neck with work, this snapshot of my life tends to put things in perspective.

    While I’m at it, I greatly enjoyed that article of yours (as you might have gleaned from the “web” passage above): Living a less distracted life… Focusing on what counts. It was written for me, no?

    Cheers… you will rock that medical school interview!

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  3. I am sooooooooo happy for you Malaika!!!! thank you for sharing such good news. You are such an inspiration that motivates me not giving up on the MCAT and everything.

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much Cindy. I am really glad that you are feeling motivated to keep going. That’s a great attitude. Keep at it. You can do it! All the best 🙂

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