The musings of a final year medical student

Sunday, 8 December 2013


Last week I got a rejection from Cardiff to study Undergraduate Medicine, and I’m still smiling.

I know that for many people rejection can be truly heart braking, particularly for some medical applicants who receive rejections from all universities. Many feel devalued and worthless. But I didn’t, and I still don’t. Why?

I have a certain way of dealing with life, whereby I simply try to look at things purely as they are, in an emotionally detached state. So, when I got the news via UCAS track, I asked myself the following questions:

Does this mean I won’t get into medical school this year?
Does this mean I won’t get into any medical school at all?
Does this mean I will never become a doctor?
Does this mean I am stupid or incompetent?
Does this mean I shouldn’t be a doctor?
Does this mean I should give up?
Will being upset about this rejection further my progress into becoming a doctor one day?

The answer to all of these questions is a big fat NO. If you really want something, you will make it happen. One day I will be a doctor. I’m not trying to be arrogant or big headed, but the true path into medicine, or whatever one’s goal is, is determination. This is the sole ingredient to success (a little of luck is helpful, too). Sobbing over Cardiff won’t change the situation or help it in anyway.

I’m still going to be a doctor one day. That’s the big picture, and that’s all that concerns me.

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