I am a new member of the forum and extremely excited to have found it. I spent the entire day(literally about 9 hours) reading posts and advice which have all been very helpful. I would like to share my story and get whatever advice and guidance anybody feels like sharing.
The basics: 29 years old, 2003 graduate double-major Eng/Psych, cum gpa 2.76, no debt, single, no major responsibilities to anybody but myslef. I am in an awsome place to change the direction of my life and begin a new journey.
Background: I never really thought about what I wanted to be when I grow up, and when I got to college I still didn’t know. I did figure out that I liked to party though! This hurt my academics a lot and I failed a few courses freshmen year and didn’t improve much sophmore year either, ending up with a GPA around 1.2. I took a semester off and came back to school focused on getting better grades but still without really asking myself what I was going to do when I graduated. During my junior and senior years I earned mostly A’s and B’s and was able to raise my GPA to a cum 2.76. After college I moved out west on a whim and got a job working in the golf industry. I spent four years working and competing in lower level professional events. Finaly, we come to the point when for the firt time, I ask myslef what I want do with the rest of my life. I knew it wasn’t in golf so I got a corporate sales job and decided to commit myself to finding out what I was really passionate about. Over the course of the past year I have seen career counselors, taken assesments, talked to friends and family adnosium, but most importantly focused on self reflection. I have decided without reservation that pursuing a career in medicine is my dream.
On a realistic side note, I have note doubt that I have the determination and intelligence to be successful at this. I took the GRE about 4 months ago and got 730q 680v 5.0essay.
I have done the research and know what prereq’s I need to take (all of them, lol). I have looked at the options of doing a formal post bac program vs doing one that I create on my own. The programs I have contacted basically told me that I couldn’t get admitted becasue of my gpa and the only way I would get into an american medical school is to do the prereqs independantly and then do a masters in medical sciences before applying to medical school. There is also the option of attending a school that has one of these post bac premed programs and taking classes hoping to earn enrolment by virute of my success. I am leaning towards doing the prereq’s independantly because it is a much more affordable option.
What I am really struggling with is the best way to finance this no matter how I do it. I quit my sales job two weeks ago because I couldn’t sit in a cubicle making cold calls for another day without blowing my head off. I don’t have any medical experience or licensing and I am finding it impossible to get any job that could begin to build a medical resume without the qualifications. I don’t want to go get another job I hate and that doesn’t help move me towards my intended goal. I have also been told it is important to take a full course load in order to prove to adcoms that you can handle the work in med school. Is it realistic to work full time while doing this? I have been told no. Just to be clear, I am mostly concerned with living expenses. If I stay in Az and do the prereqs at Asu I have almost enough saved to cover tuition and have no problem taking a small loan for the rest. If I go to an actual post bac program though, I have to considerliving expenses and tuition. 2 yrs a ASU 15,000tuition vs at most formal progrmas 60,000. Big difference and a lot of debt before we start talking about the expense of mendical school.
- Are there other options/ideasroutes than the ones I have talked about for getting into medical school?
- What is the most responsible/affordable way to navigate this process? This is where I am so stuck because the last thing I want to do is take out loans for living expenses. How do I find a job that will be good for my resume and also contribute to my living expenses without the experience or personal contacts? I do recognize that in this economy it is hard to find any lowere level job.
Any advice would be hugely apprciated. I know I touched on a number of different subjects here but it feels like I have a million different ideas and scenarios going through my head which I had to put out there. So comments on any or all would be aswome.
Thanks for the help and for caring