I am a 38 year old mom of five with zero completed college coursework. I have two years of post high school education, both as a cosmetologist and medical language specialist. Becoming a doctor has always been my dream, but five adoptions of children with special needs has put that on the back burner. After much discussion with my husband, we’ve decided now’s the time for me to begin pursuing my goal.
I have been accepted to a university and I am starting completely from scratch, like I said. I have some volunteer experience with the homeless community as well as resettled refugees and as I mentioned, I’ve adopted five children with various medical needs, ranging from drug exposure to cerebral palsy quadriplegia, from three countries. My hope would be to do something in pediatrics because, obviously, I think kids are rad.
As you can imagine, we spend a lot of time with doctors as I have many friends who are physicians themselves. The general consensus had been that if anyone has the tenacity and wherewithal to begin this at 38, it’s me.
My question is, how do I best position myself in the next four years of undergrad to inspire schools to take a chance on me?