The Not So Pretty

Keep calm everybody!!! I’ve finally decided to keep a written account of my medical school experience!! A little about me, I guess. I attend UT-Houston Medical School as a 1st year. I’m definitely a homebody and by no means a gunner. For all you gunners out there, have at it!!

Other than class attendance and mandatory events, the only extracurricular thing that I do for the school is occasionally host an interviewee in my home. They are just full of unanswered questions, and for lack of a better word, yearn for the knowledge of someone that has already started the journey that they are about to embark on. Even as someone who has succeeded in becoming a medical student (a feat in itself), I definitely still heed the knowledge and pointers that my upperclassmen peers are willing to offer. Before I came to medical school or even applied, I had so many questions so I thought it was time for me to host a forum to talk about my experience in the quest to become a doctor and also offer some advice, should some need it. By all means, most of this blog will include only my personal experience and my “Non-expertise”.

Getting into medical school is hard, but staying in medical school is EVEN HARDER!! SPOILER ALERT!!! IT’S NOT PRETTY!!! Without further ado, here it goes.

I am pretty much the typical small-town girl. I grew up in Hamlin, TX, a city of about 2400 people. I graduated salutatorian of a 33 person class (Fascinating right??) in 2010. By that time, I absolutely had it set in my mind that I was going to school to be a doctor. Traumatic experience, death of a family member, epiphany, blah, blah, blah, the sort of thing you put on a personal statement right?? I attended undergrad at McMurry University in Abilene, TX. I majored in Biomedical Science and minored in BioChemistry (the fun stuff). Let me stop here and say I definitely chose BioMedical Science as a major because it offered all of the prerequisites for Medical school without (for the most part) taking anything else (yay) and I also got a Bachelor’s out of it (double yay). I was definitely not going to be either one of those habitual major changers or an art history major that decided to “pursue her passion of art history” but wanted to be a doctor as well. Back to my life.

I had the privilege of having an adviser that was also a chiropractor, so he offered pretty great advice, besides that little tidbit of information that he tried to force down my throat (You’re not extraordinary, you don’t have a 4.0 GPA, & you didn’t make a 40 on the MCAT. You need to either just go get a master’s or at best, you don’t have a choice but to go to DO school). Yeah, I just disregarded that.

When Match Day came around, I don’t know how many prayers I sent up!! At 8:00 am I finally got to check and see if I got in and lo and behold I matched to UT-Houston!!! I matched!!! I matched!!! I matched!!! (Insert Happy Dance Here) “Wait, what does match even mean??” It took lots of Google searches and a few inquiries for me to even figure out that I was accepted.

Fast-forward to today!! My med school life is anything BUT glamorous, perfect, any of those fun things. Every day is a struggle but I definitely take medical volunteering opportunities any time I can to keep me grounded!!! It also reminds me of why I came to medical school in the first place!! I constantly go through the same cycle: Oh I feel so stupid—>I finally understand what’s going on!!!—->I’m never gonna graduate—->(I volunteer) Now this is why I got into medicine!! and back again!! But I wouldn’t trade it for the world!!

In conclusion, this blog was just made so others can see my transparency and know that you don’t have to be SuperWoman/Man to become a doctor. I hope it is encouragement & motivation for most and maybe just informative for others. Take it from somebody that was riding the STRUGGLE BUS!!! Like I said before, beware. The ride ain’t always pretty!!! More pieces to come!!!

XOXO,

Student Dr. Kendra

19 thoughts on “The Not So Pretty

  1. You are a superwoman in my book. This blog prob wasn’t mean for the average person, but I am fascinated by you and what our little “small town girl is doing” ( plus, knowing a dr, in my book, is pretty much like knowing a superstar!) And it’s pretty much like watching my own little Grey’s Anatomy series …. I am just so very proud of you, keep keeping on!!

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    • Thank you Jennifer!! My life will never be anything close to Grey’s Anatomy lol!! You can definitely count out the spontaneous sex in on call rooms lol!! Stay on the lookout!! Yall will be getting more funnies and stories as the days come.

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  2. Hey, fellow med student/blogger here. This is refreshingly honest. You know how people can be in our environment… No one wants to show signs of weakness. However, in my 3.5 years I’ve seen that the people who grow the most are the ones who aren’t afraid to be wrong. Keep it up.

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  3. I really liked the blog, really inspired me to keep pushing for my dreams even though a Doctor is way far fetched for me, I want to be a psychologist, and or a life councilor. I really hope things prosper for you. We’re only as big as our dreams right !!

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  4. Thank you for such a refreshing blog and insight on med school! As a pre-med student going through college, everyone makes medical school seem out of reach. I’m under the constant perception that the only way to get into med school is to have the perfect 4.0 and great mcat score…. while also being a pilot/ world class violinist/ movie star. Just the thought of med school always seems so out of reach, but I’d like to thank you for giving me that confidence booster that every pre-med is always in need of. Definitely would like to follow your journey! Very inspiring blog!

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    • Thanks itzjessica!! By no means is my student life glamorous but the most important thing is to be able to find the humor in your mistakes and realize why you wanted to do it in the first place!! If you have any questions feel free to ask!! I’m very open!

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  5. I truly appreciate your candid honesty in this post. As a fellow professional procrastinator, I completely understand how you must have felt during the test & application process. I felt like you were describing me lol. I have just taken my test (awaiting the long 30-35days) and plan to apply this june. Your success gives me confidence that it can all work out! I look forward reading more about your med school life, glamorous or not! Lovin the realness!!

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  6. Thank you for telling it like it is.. I have this dream that once I get accepted and go to school that it will be a cake walk.. Delusional!! lol.. I too am a procrastinator.. I am trying to enjoy this journey, but always seem anxious about how much more I can be doing, and what needs to be done.. How much shadowing, volunteer work, leadership roles…etc.. I don’t want to kill myself and then have to push so hard in school. UT Houston is one of the schools I plan to apply for, prayerfully they will want me. I am not the traditional student at all.. This shall be interesting. Once again, your honesty is always appreciated!!

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  7. I love this entry! I just got out of the ER for a terrible abscess, and while in there, A P.A. expected me to know all the medical terms of my diagnosis because I opened my mouth and told him I was going to become a physcian’s assistant, was a current phi theta kappa, blah blah. Lol!

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