Hi everyone, I found this site through studentdoc.net (or com or one of those and am so glad! There is a great wealth of information and a large “can-do” attitude that I really like.
My question for you all:
Have you ever tried to “plan” to be a non-trad applicant?
I’m currently 22, about to graduate with a bachelor’s in nursing. I love nursing and it has helped me become an immeasureably better person in so many ways, but I have found that I would like larger autonomy and I always had in the back of my mind to go to med school, but thought I couldn’t do it. 4 years later, graduating with honors, part of AmeriCorps, and working as a nurse tech at a trauma 1 hospital, I think I sold myself too short too early.
- I have an interview for a NICU (neonatal) in DC next week and part of their benefits is to pay for 2 classes (any) each semester at the U of Maryland. Look at their programs, they have a “science in the evening” program which looks great. The idea for this is to finish in 2 years (finish by spring 2010), take August MCATs, then head over with Doctors Without Borders to SA or Africa until the next June. I have always wanted to do this and have made it a priority to do it at least once.
Apply in June, matriculate the next year (well, assuming I get in). Med school, 3 years residency or so (pediatrics), by this time I’ll be about 34-35. I know this isn’t very old, but having children and being married is equally or more important to me in life. Do you think 34-35 is too old to have kids? I could adopt, but I really would like to have my own biological children.
- Work for several years (including DwB), ideally have kids earlier (26-28), wait until they are in elementary school full-time (7-8 years old) and THEN start everything.
What do you guys think? I know that you can’t exactly plan to have kids, especially when I’m not even dating anyone right now (marriage being the pre-requisite, for me, and oh yeah, the life-long wonderful commitment :). Do you guys feel that your marriage’s quality of life is good? Your kids?