The 20 Stages of Applying to Medical School

1. The application system opens.

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2. You eagerly start filling out your application.

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3. You think to yourself, “I got this.”

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4. You start daydreaming about all of the interview invites and acceptances you’ll receive.

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5. And what it’ll be like to be a medical student.

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6. Then you go online for help and get overwhelmed.

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7. You start questioning whether you’ll get in.

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8. Which leads to questioning what you’re doing with your entire life.

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9. To which your friends are like

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10. You decide that’s a good idea.

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11. So you take a break.

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12. Then you come back all rejuvenated and ready to rock your application.

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13. Because you’re feeling fabulous.

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14. But now you accept that you’re not perfect.

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15. And that’s okay.

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16. You don’t let writers block get you down.

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17. You do some extreme editing.

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18. Finally, you’re ready.

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19. You hit submit.

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20. And relax.

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Until you’re swarmed with secondary applications, that is.

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Best of luck to everyone who is applying this cycle!

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Hanna Erickson, "Almost" MD/PhD

Hanna is a MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois and an aspiring physician scientist who aims to specialize in hepatobiliary cancers. She is also passionate about teaching, leadership, and advocacy. The energy she once used to pep up crowds as a college marching band member is now directed toward exciting and educating others about science and medicine, especially through her tweets at @MDPhDToBe and her blog at www.mdphdtobe.com.