Accepted! I’m Going to Medical School!

On behalf of the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, I am delighted to offer you a position in the Fall 2016 MDCM…program. Congratulations!

On behalf of the Admissions Committee, allow me to compliment you on your impressive candidacy. We are confident that your unique experiences and perspectives as a Non-Traditional Pathway student will enrich the McGill learning community and we look forward to your favourable response.

Yours sincerely,
Assistant Dean of Admissions

Words cannot express my joy when I received my offer of admission to medical school yesterday! This is a dream come true for me and after years of effort, three attempts at the MCAT, and my second attempt at applying to medical school, I have finally made it!

Yesterday and today have been  a whirlwind of events as I have spoken to many friends and family members. I have received an outpouring of beautiful messages from all over the world. At my women’s bible study this morning, I was smothered in hugs, smiles, laughter and happy tears as well as presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. A celebration party is already in the works courtesy of my friends who are as excited as I am.

Countless friends and family have been upholding me in prayer this whole journey and particularly after I received the difficult news on Friday that I had been put on the waiting list. My support network never gave up hope and continued to encourage me, support me and pray for me. I have never felt so much overwhelming love around me. My husband came home from work with tears running down his cheeks as we embraced for a long time and the kids were jumping up and down in excitement.

I feel that I have not been walking this journey alone. So many have been walking with me, picking me up when I fell down, motivating me when I felt exhausted, encouraging me when I felt like giving up.

This whole experience, both the highlights and valleys, has made me grow in so many ways and has strengthened my faith in such a mighty way. I am so grateful to all of you who believed in me and encouraged me. I will never forget the night in my kitchen when I announced to my husband that I was giving up on medicine and we talked for 2 straight hours about how that was not an option and we needed to talk through what my concerns were.

Through it all, my husband never wavered and continued to assure me he would walk with me through this journey. I owe so much to my family and friends, and in particular one of my big brothers and mentor who has been inspiring me since we were children, and who consistently told me how much potential  I have. I could not have done this without my Heavenly Father who gave me so much strength through my weak moments, and who guided me when I felt lost.

As I continue to absorb this exciting news, I think of my amazing late father who set a wonderful example of inspiration and dedication in his career as a surgeon. Taken from us to soon, daddy, but I follow this path in honor of you!

I want to encourage everyone out there who is on a difficult path, particularly those trying to get into medicine. It is very competitive, tough and sometimes disheartening to go through the application process, but persistence pays off. Keep trying, don’t give up! Whatever you set your mind to, keep your eyes above the waves and focused on your prize. You will get there at the right time!

Thank you so much to all my readers for taking the time to read my blog and encourage me. You don’t know how much it has meant to me and helped me along the way!! I know that the journey is only really just beginning and I still have a long way to go but I am just so excited to be starting medical school in the Fall!! Please continue to walk with me. It would be my delight to share my experiences with you!

This verse encouraged me multiple times during my journey:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11

A new chapter of my life begins…I’m going to be a doctor!

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My beautiful family that I’m so blessed to have!

 

 

 

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69 thoughts on “Accepted! I’m Going to Medical School!

      1. God is so Good! He will never let us down! 🙂
        God loves his sons and daughters so much! My daughter went from wait-list to admission to medical school in Chicago, then received a wonderful match for residency at Stanford and is just finishing her fellowship in June with a wonderful position at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dreams do come true! May you be blessed beyond anything you could ask or imagine in your amazing journey with our Great Physician Jesus as you embark on your new career as a physician! I am so happy for you!!

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        1. Wow! That is such an amazing story about your daughter and something I will remember as I go along my journey. Thanks so much for sharing and for your enthusiasm!! It’s wonderful! 🙂

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  1. Congratulations Malaika!! I’m so happy for you and your family! And can’t wait to hear of your journey ahead through your blogs. May God continue to bless you in all that you do. 😊😊😊❤️❤️❤️🎉🎉🎉🎉

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  2. Wonderful!! Congratulations!! I am so proud of your hard work. Reading your blog inspires me to continue on this path as a non-traditional student. You will be a terrific physician.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! And I am so glad that you have been inspired by my blog. Keep going! I know you will achieve your dreams!! Wishing you all the very best 🙂

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  3. Oh yes! I never doubted that this moment would come for you! All things in God’s time. I am so proud of you and I know that you are going to make a fabulous physician. Just the best news that I have heard today. Just awesome and now you are my “little sib” in medicine!

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much! That means so much to me and I really appreciate your support and encouragement. And I would love to be your “little sib” in medicine. I would be honored! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Leah! You ladies have been such an amazing support to me and I felt so happy to share my joy with you! Thank you for continuing to be an inspiration to me as a fellow mum and woman of God! 🙂

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  4. Congratulations Malaika!! I am reading your post with tears of joy for your awesome awesome news! I cannot express how happy I am for you and everyone around you. Thank you thank you for sharing your great news and I hope one day I could share my great news with you as well. I am very blessed to be a part of your journey to being a MD!!

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    1. Wow! Thank you Cindy! I can really feel the joy in your words and I am so happy you are sharing this journey with me. Looking forward to your good news in the future! I know it will come! Keep going! 🙂

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  5. Congratulations!! May God continue to bless your family. I wish you nothing but the best for medical school. I know it is difficult but I believe that you can do it! I am so happy for you, I have been reading your blog or quite some time and I feel like I was waiting along with you for this wonderful moment! I am so happy for you and can’t wait to read about what it is like!

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    1. That’s awesome! Thank you very much Andrea for your support! I look forward to sharing my future experiences with you. Wishing you all the best! 🙂

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  6. Been quietly following your posts since last year, eagerly reading your blog which was bookmarked on my home page. The path to medicine seems hard enough, so to open up to strangers and be vulnerable takes an even braver soul. I am so happy for you! I’m also happy for those seeking inspiration to pursue medicine because they have you and your blog as an example of the uncertainty, ups and downs, and challenges someone on this path must face. But most importantly they have an example laid out of how hard works leads to achieving goals, which leads to reaching milestones, which ends in success. Congrats on going from “Potential Doctor” to “Future Doctor” and inspiring the rest of us in the process! Excited to watch your journey continue.

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    1. Thank you so much Aman! I was very touched by your comment and I am really happy to hear how much this blog has encouraged and inspired you. I wish you all the very best in your own personal journey and know that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. I truly believe that! Thank you once again 🙂

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  7. Congratulations and best wishes! I can only ditto what others have so well said already. Blessings to you on this wonderful new path, on which you will excel, with the help of God!! 🙂 ❤

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  8. So incredibly excited for you, I’ve been rooting for you from Oregon! Thanks for your posts this past year, I was applying too and your encouragement and positivity is inspiring. I hope you will be able to continue blogging as we both start this journey!

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    1. Wow! That’s awesome! Congratulations to you too! I really appreciate your support and rooting for me. I wish you all the best on your journey. I am sure you will be amazing! 🙂

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  9. Malaika, your accomplishments are commendable. Thank you for the front-row seat to your medical school application journey! The blog, in so many ways has been quite motivating. Tough news as well as great ones surely are representative of everyday typical families.

    Good luck on this beautiful journey! 🙂

    Cheers my friend!

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  10. Congratulations on getting into medical school – and after such struggles this must seem to be extra special. As a new reader of your blog, I must admit I have not been with you on your journey for long, but I have read enough to know the strength you must have needed to go through this. Medical school is going to be an amazing, life-changing experience! Hope to keep hearing more from you about this exciting journey in life!

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    1. Thank you very much and welcome to my blog! I popped by your blog too and it looks very interesting. Wishing you all the best on your journey. I hope to keep on blogging all through med school and beyond! Thanks again 🙂

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  11. Praise the Lord!!! CONGRATULATIONS DARLING! It is great witnessing this moment after prayers and patience. You are a true inspiration! May God continue to bless you, your family and career. Much love to you Malaika. Big hugs

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    1. Thank you so much Yadei! It’s been such a pleasure to have you along on this journey. Thanks for believing in me and supporting me. You are very much appreciated! Hugs and God bless you Yadei! Much love to you!😘

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much Cara. It’s really nice to hear from you. I’m grateful for your positive attitude and enthusiasm, and for sharing my joy during this very exciting time! We are thrilled! That’s a really beautiful picture of your family on your profile by the way. Such a blessing! Have a lovely day 🙂

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  12. “Keep trying, don’t give up! Whatever you set your mind to, keep your eyes above the waves and focused on your prize. You will get there at the right time!”

    This is just what has really touched me. Thanks for the encouragement and I’m hoping to get into medical school too. Hopefully next year. I’ve really been blessed by your posts. God richly bless you for sharing your experiences!

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