i am a 27 year old returning student. went to a CC when i was 21-24. i have been back in school for the last 1.5 years, full-time. i am not married, no kids, not much family, on my own, no real ties to anything. it seems to me that a majority of the people on this site are:
1. married or divorced
2. have kids
3. living with loved ones (sig. other, family, etc...) to help support them.
4. have advanced degrees in other subjects (MA, MS, PhD, etc...)
i am/have not any of the above. anyone else out there like me and going through or completed this journey? i am glad i found this site. however, i still feel a little unique (which is not a good thing). i get the same thing at school now. 90% of everyone is much younger or the people who are non-trads are all married/divorced start-overs...
As a child, I had the habit of picking up interesting-looking rocks which I would stash in a small dresser drawer. By the time I was in junior highschool, I had acumulated an entire drawer of (I thought) fairly unique rocks. These rocks achieved their destiny to become the bottom of an aquarium for some exotic tropical fish. I'm convinced the fish were suitably impressed with the fancy real estate I had provided for them. Unique fish deserve an unique environment.
I just turned 41 yesterday. Is it just me, or does time speed up in proportion to lost brain cells?
I have attended junior college, major universities, community colleges (separately and in combination) while I worked part-time or full-time from 1984 until I received my B.A. in 1999. I have labored as a dog trainer, a lumber yard employee, a dormitory RA, a student computer programmer, a fast-food shmoe, a computer repair tech., a gas station clerk, a county child-care worker, a residential psychiatric tech. (a job I did for 10 yrs where most burn out around 5 yrs.), an IATSE stage employee (lighting, rigging, sound for shows ranging from very small to very large), a house (as in theatre) electrician at my alma mater's 6000+ seat music hall, and currently I am an EMT-B/CNA working in Urgent Care & ED with intent to matriculate into a medical or osteopathic school that will have me.
1. married (3.5 yrs)
2. no kids (yet?), no fish, but 1 cute ferret
3. renting an apartment
4. my wife has a Ph.D, I just have the B.A.
(her's is bigger...)
At the OPM conference this weekend, the presenter from A.T. Still did a little group participation exercise that really solidified this uniqueness issue for me. Each table received the same set of five admission applications (slightly truncated versions of real applications with altered or removed identifiers) for which we were to decide (as a committee per table) to admit, reject, or wait-list each. The applicants were about as different as they could be. However, the concensus of the entire conference room closely matched the decisions of the original admission committees. I believe that the point of the demonstration was to show that most admission committees make quick decisions often based on limitted information. The surprise (for most people, I think) was how often a solid personal statement, or a bad interview, could swing an "average" applicant favorably, or unfavorably in one direction or the other.
For me, this was further supported in a later presentation in which Denise Babin stated something to the effect: "unless you are a complete tool, you can get into medical school."
We are all unique in some important way. Our mission as pre-meds is to recognize that uniqueness and make it work to our advantage on our applications. Someone somewhere will be compelled to pick up your shiny rock, and you too may yet be appreciated by metaphorical fishes.