Failed Medical School… Now What? A Guideline for you to do better
Imagine putting your heart and soul into two years of pre-medical school only to learn that your future is over because you failed the MCAT and will never be a doctor, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Welcome to my life! A student who failed medical school said it while laughing.
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
– Ken Robinson
The first two years of medical school are meant to prepare you to pass the first round of entrance tests. All sleepless nights and tears can be exhausting, but crossing the finish line is an amazing accomplishment. It confirms that the first two years were worth it and that you learned some valuable lessons along the way.
A Story of a Failed Student:
Some students, however, do not get the same good news. Being a researcher and blogger, I just sat down with a pre-medical student who found out their Board scores didn’t make the cut. I wanted her to share some of her experiences and requested her to say her heart out. She was so friendly even at the time when I met her.
She calmly explained her failure and said that I gave myself a few days to cry and be angry. Second, after that, I took a whole week off and just did whatever I wanted to do. Because deep down, I knew I deserved at least that. Then I came back from my relaxation mode and figured out why I have failed. Then I created a plan to do something better with my life and understood that I wasn’t made to be a doctor. During this journey, I told myself that everything happens for a reason and believed in it throughout.
After a long pause, she added that if students are willing to help humanity by being a doctor or studying medicine, we all have the biggest misconception. We all can serve humanity by choosing other fields to help humanity. We can choose:
- B.Sc. Biochemistry
- B.Sc. Biology
- B.Sc. Physics
- B.Sc. Chemistry
- B.Sc. Environmental Science
- B.Sc. Biotechnology
- B.Sc. Occupational Therapy
- B.Sc. Physiotherapy
- B.Sc. Radiology
- B.Sc. Bioinformatics
- B.Sc. Anthropology
- B.Sc. Microbiology
- B.Sc. Zoology
- B.Sc. Forensic Science
- B.Sc. Agriculture
- B.Sc. Pathology
- B.Sc. Speech Therapy
- B.F.Sc. (Fisheries Science)
- B.Sc. Horticulture
- B.Sc. Genetics
- B.Sc. Health Science and Nutrition
- B.Sc. Sports Science
- B.Sc. Audiology
- B.Sc. Botany
- B.SC. Nursing
- B.PHARM. (Bachelors of Pharmacy)
- BPT (Physiotherapy)
- B.SC. Nursing
- B.Sc. in Operation Theatre Technology
- B.Sc. in X-Ray Technology
- B.Sc. in Radiography and Medical Imaging
- B.Sc. in Dialysis Technology
- B.Sc. in Medical Record Technology
- B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Technology
- B.Sc. in Ophthalmic Technology
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy
- B.Sc. in Speech Therapy
- BASLP Course
- B.Sc. in Audiology
- B.Sc. in Anaesthesia Technology
- B.Sc. in Audiology and Speech Therapy
- B.Sc. in Optometry
- Language courses
- Civil Servants
- Graphic designers
- Writers, editors.
She gave me the list of career opportunities for medical students and added I am doing BS. Linguistics, and my sub-major is Anthropology. Meanwhile, I am teaching English in a private school as I have an evening university. I am a professional content writer, blogger, and editor working with Dawn groups of industries. So looking back, I can tell you it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. People know me as a young writer as I was featured last month in Young Employee of the month in Dawn.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
– Robert F. Kennedy
It isn’t easy to grow. Change is too. Nothing, though, is as painful as living in a place where you don’t belong. I wouldn’t wish failing and dropping out of medical school on my worst enemy, but I’ll repeat it: everything happens for a reason.
When I was little, she continued by adding that my mother always pushed me in math and science, and it was drilled into my mind that to be happy and satisfied in life, I needed to become a physician.” Although I appreciate the direction and encouragement, that’s where the line between what was truly my dream and what others had in mind for me blurred. Now I’m pursuing my goals instead of worrying that I’ll spend the rest of my life wishing I had. The bright, genuine smile on her face shows that she is enjoying what she is today.
When you think you have small or big failures, remember that it may be the start of something incredible. It may not be obvious now, but keep your tired, teary eyes open because you’ll see it one day! Just never lose hope and believe in yourself.
“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
– Coco Chanel
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