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Playing the Waiting Game

For applicants this cycle, the wait is almost over. You have finished or are just completing your last set of exams. Some of you may be taking your last undergraduate class ever. And all that is left is the dreaded countdown till decisions day.

There is few I can say that will make the wait easier. You can pour over the statistics as much as you want, how many people are interviewed and out of that number how many acceptances are sent out, and you can talk to as many people about what your “chances” are, but in the end you will still have to wait.

I remember when I was waiting, I would feel great one day and the next I would be a wreck. The worry and anxiousness drove my crazy, until I realized that worrying had no benefit at all. There was no reason to figure out the admissions game worked if I knew I had given it my all. I did not bother other people to see how they thought they did on the interview. Even when the big day came, I didn’t make such a big deal out of it. I didn’t have any celebrations / grieving parties planned, it was just like any other day.

I did lose a little sleep the night before, but at that point, I knew it was already out of my hand and had already been decided. As long as you were satisfied with your efforts and you gave it your best, there’s no need to “try” anymore.

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at the hand. – Dale Carnegie

Waiting for admissions decision is no different than waiting for your exam marks, course grades, MCAT scores. The stakes may seem higher and the implications of not making it in seem more dire but not making it into medical school is not the worst thing that can happen to you.

So to all those waiting, hang in there. Patience is an important virtue to learn. Hope everything works out.

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