Hi, my name is Nick.
How I got here is complicated, and unconventional to say the least.
I am 24 yrs. old, and have always wanted to become a dr. The most major obstacle however is that I was raised Ultra- Orthodox (jewish), where it is strictly forbidden to attend any normal college setting ‘in the secular world.’ When I was first out of High School, I was not permitted to attend regular university, and was studied religious stuff in a ‘yeshiva’ to become a rabbi.
A lot of stuff has happened since then until now, but I am still ‘behind the 8 ball’ academicly, in a very sore way.
I was ‘permitted’ to get an online degree (in Humanities/ Religious Ethics) when I was in my 2nd yr. yeshiva b/c It wasn’t considered being part of a secular setting. Even though it is an accredited college,the problem is that it’s a next to toilet paper, online degree.
In my fourth yr. of yeshiva, I ‘broke out’, but due to finances, could only take one course per semester. I have thus far taken BIO1&2, CHEM1&2, PHYSICS 1&2 w/ labs at a Community College, and got my English Comp. and Math requirements done in the online degree. This summer I am currently taking ORGO1&2. After the summer I hope to study for my MCAT’s, to apply in May/June of '13.
The anxiety and constant worry: Bad degree, CC science pre-req’s, and the extended amt. of time it took me b/c I could only afford 1 course/semester. Additionally, the CC where I took my sciences doesn’t offer pre-health advising, b/c it’s really meant to just be a 2yr. program, after which students usually transfer. So everything I know is from talking to friends, people in the know, and reading online.
My situation isn’t catastrophic either:
- I am moderately intelligent and have a 3.75 gpa degree w/ a 4.0 gpa in sciences (bear in mind online degree + CC isn’t too impressive).
2)I do also have a rabbinical degree, only recognized by SOME schools (No MD/DO schools), but is still something. (Friends I know have even gotten into NYU, Hofstra, Loyola ect… Masters programs with it.)
- I already have been “officially ordained” with the title Rabbi, which might mean next to nothing.
- I did a summer observership some w/ a prestigious Transplant Surgeon in a major NYC hospital. I also shadowed several weeks in nueroradiology in Pittsburgh, at UPMC. As well as a Family Medicine Osteopathic Doctor.
However I feel stuck. I just don’t think I have what what is needed to even get an interview at a MD or DO school. I wish I could have gone to a 4 year regular college, like Rutgers or Queens College, majored in some science (probably physics b/c I loved physics), had a pre-health advisor guiding me in getting research positions, and helping me w/ all the little tricks to appllying.
That’s why I was so delighted when I found this site. I know I have to do well on the MCAT’s, (which is difficult b/c currently I can’t afford to take a Kaplan/ Prep MCAT course),BUT aside from that I really would love to get some advice, and help.