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For the first time in so long, I was actually very pleased with my grades ….. except with one class. Why does the universe hate me? But it’s okay. These past few days haven’t been nice but I’m convinced that there’s a reason for them. I’m convinced that there’s a lesson that I’m being forced to learn. And I think I know what it is but until then, I will continue to give my all to Him.  

Be Kind, For Everyone You Meet Is Fighting Their Own Battle.

This is for me. A reminder that everything is possible.

Vicki Hsieh

Sooo I’ll try to make this post short and sweet (but not really because I always get carried away. Look to the bottom for a TL;DR), but I know a lot of kids on this page resonated with a post I made a long time ago about basically about being told not to go into medicine multiple times because people said I didn’t have the right GPA to go into medicine. I was told by advisors to consider other careers, and truly believed at several points during my four years at Berkeley that maybe I wasn’t cut out to be a doctor.

Lo and behold, as you can see on my profile pic, I have my white coat now . And I’m 22, and I’m still in California close to my loved ones. But I’m not here to gloat about any of my accolades at all. I have the most beautifully disastrous first two years of transcript you could ever see in your lifetime (sub 3.0 science GPA anyone?), with a No Pass in one of my prereqs to boot. I was pre-opto for 3 years thinking maybe optometry was the better/easier path for me. I even took the MCAT and the OAT within the same month, and then took the MCAT again. Then I went to post-bacc for a year and gave the most splendidly mediocre academic performance you could ever ask for. And, even with all that, I still somehow got into med school? Sometimes I still think it was a fluke…

What I want to say here to everyone is something that an old mentor of mine told me, which was that “If you want to be a doctor, you will become one. It’s that easy.” It might take a few more years, tears, money, and persistence to get there, but you’re truly the only person who can tell yourself you can’t get there.

I’m a strong supporter of premeds who’ve had a rough for a few years at Cal, but I want to be here as a living breathing example that you can still become a doc anyway. If you would like to meet me or hear me speak on a med school applicants panel, please come to a decal that I founded 3 years ago and hold near and dear to my heart (Pre-Health DeCal) this Thursday, Sept 11th, 6:30-8pm in 56 Barrows. I’d be glad to talk to any of you afterwards with any personal stories or concerns, or exchange emails so we can keep in touch later. When you come to the door, just say you’re not a student but you’d like to listen in on the panel. The first 30 mins is prob gonna be a simple overview of applying to med school, and then the last hour will be a panel of med school applicants and me, the first year med student.

SO yeah. TL;DR:

Who: Vicki, a first year med student who failed Berkeley, but tricked interviewers into accepting her anyway
Where: 56 Barrows
When: 6:30-8pm 
How: Walk
Why: So you can learn how to trick people into thinking you’re brilliant, and GET DAT WHITE COAT.

See everyone there! I hope. If not, that’s ok. I can talk to a wall too I don’t mind.

I have a conservative friend with whom I make a point to have lunch at least once a month. Why? I like him but that’s not the main reason. He makes me think. Inforcing me defend my assumptions and ideas, he gets me to examine them more deeply. I hope I do the same for him. One of the biggest problems in America today is most of us live in ideological cocoons surrounded by people who think like us. Yet there is no better way to learn than to talk to someone who disagrees with you.
We might not know what the future holds for us but I know one thing for sure, I have never felt this kind of happiness before and I have him to thank for it. I know both of us are capable of being on our own but I’m glad that’s a choice we don’t choose to take.
My heart is filled with so much happiness.

We might not know what the future holds for us but I know one thing for sure, I have never felt this kind of happiness before and I have him to thank for it. I know both of us are capable of being on our own but I’m glad that’s a choice we don’t choose to take.

My heart is filled with so much happiness.

magnezone:

rainbow road isn’t hard it’s you that is weak and natural selection has its sights locked 

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 
Proverbs 3:5-6