Welcome to the first post in my ‘unqualified advice’ series! This is the driving idea behind starting my blog and I am so excited to get started. First, a slight disclaimer and explanation. The reason why I called this series ‘unqualified advice’ is because everything that I am writing about in this series I really believe to be true. However, since I am not yet in medical school I can’t say with 100% certainty that it will hold true… or at least hold true everywhere. That being said I am shaping my life around the idea that everything I have learned is true.
It’s my life dream to become a Paediatric Surgeon and I believe it is exactly what I am supposed to do. But let’s back track a little so we all know where I am coming from. When I graduated high school I really wanted to go into medicine but nothing about going through the sciences appealed to me. All I had ever heard about sciences is that they were highly competitive and people in those programs weren’t nice or helpful. It is important to note that I know now that this stereotype doesn’t hold with every person in sciences, I have met and worked with many incredible people who are majoring in a science. Regardless my 17-year-old self didn’t want to deal with that. I decided to take a gap year after high school, and to this day I think it was the right decision for me. The year off gave me a chance to destress myself, work, and really start to feel comfortable in my own skin.
After my year off I started at the University of Calgary. Going to school in my city allowed me to stay at home with my family and save some money. I enrolled in the Faculty of Arts with an undeclared major my first year. I decided to take a little bit of everything to see if I could find a subject I really liked, with the idea of going into medicine always sitting in the back of my mind. In my first semester I took a philosophy course called Morality, Virtue, and Society. It was a great introductory course to philosophy and I finished the course with an A.
Later in the winter semester of that year I received a letter from the philosophy department (which I still have hanging in my room). The letter congratulated me on my success in my course last semester and they invited me to choose Philosophy as my major. They told me how well philosophy students did in later careers because students learn to read, write, think and speak. They also provided a list of how well philosophy majors performed in graduate school admission tests such as the LSAT, GMAT, and of course the MCAT. They included a link to a website (https://sites.google.com/site/whystudyphilosophy/) with some very helpful articles. Before the end of the semester I was majoring in philosophy and looking forward to going into medical school without a science degree.
This letter however was not enough to convince me that philosophy was a good undergrad to have for medical school. I did tons of research to see if the information they were saying in the letter was actually true. Turns out, I found much more. That is where the medical school posts of this series will go. So stay tuned for post 2 in this series to learn all about the ins and outs of medical school admission!
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