Dear Female Doc,
I’m scared that everything going on is going to push back my application a year. All my shadowing has been cancelled (so no doctor letter of recommendation), my post-bacc classes are online so they may not be taken as seriously for showing improvement from my low gpa, and all the MCAT dates are cancelled so I won’t be able to improve my score to apply early.
I really wanted to apply this year but I don’t feel confident anymore.
Dear Covid Sucks,
I understand why you’re scared, but here’s a few reasons why I don’t think you should push back your application a full year.
Here’s 5 reasons why:
1. Lots of students are in the same boat so it evens everything out!
You were planning on applying this year anyways before COVID. You’re on the right track, it may just take a few more weeks or months to get all your material prepped and ready. Nice to know you’re not alone though! If you can’t take the MCAT, neither can other premeds.
2. AACOM announced some major changes that will help you tremendously!
Here’s just one of many small changes I’m quoting: “Review your application and extend interview invitations prior to receiving your MCAT score, by evaluating experiences, academic metrics, and attributes that you have demonstrated in your application.” *Mind Blown!
Lets discuss that some more… and it brings me to…
3. Not having an MCAT can only HELP you if you were scoring average to low anyways.
Read that again.
Not trying to be harsh, because I love you guys, but let’s be honest… most of you weren’t scoring in the 90th percentile on your practice exams. Those 90th percentile students are probably bummed they won’t get to stand out with a score.
But for you? Kind of a neat silver lining! You get more time to study for it (whenever the world reopens). If you have an old crappy score and were hoping to retake it this year, you can just notify schools that you’re retaking it. Simple as that.
4. The “lower prestige” for online classes is gone.
There’s literally no such thing as a live class anymore. You don’t even have a choice. What are they going to say? Why didn’t you take an in person class? Ummm…
5. You get the chance to stand out in OTHER ways besides SCORES.
You can focus on EVERYTHING else in your application, besides MCAT and GPA. The only way to stand out is everything else BUT your MCAT and GPA!
I’ve been busy teaching premed students in my online program how to stand out with their personal statements and extracurriculars and even how to get that busy professor’s attention for a good letter of rec.
If you also want to know more about how to get into medical school without ideal scores (even without an MCAT), then join me for my FREE masterclass. Just click HERE.
Trust me! You GOT this! and I GOT you!
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