I Was Rejected From 12 Medical Schools, It Sucked

#FBTFAM anecdote life experiences staff editorial

In April of 2016, I was rejected from every medical school I applied to without interview. For those who might not be familiar, this was heart breaking for a number of reasons: 

  1. The application process, overall, cost me $2,000. OOF
  2. My failure to receive a single interview meant that absolutely no one was impressed.
  3. My life had been set back by 3 years. I would have to retake my MCAT and complete a graduate program to increase my experience, and re-apply in 2018, rather than receive my M.D. in 2020.

I cried in my bed for hours on the day I received my final rejection letter, from Wright State University.

Liz Graduated College in 2016

My college buddy, Hunter, and I the day of our graduation. It snowed 3 inches in Cleveland that day. We graduated in May 2016. 

“This does not reflect upon your abilities as an applicant [blah blah blah…]”

I took a long hard look at my “abilities,” and decided to expand them. A month after my last rejection letter, I took on the roll of social media director for a music festival my “internet friends” were starting, as a small hobby. I added it to my résumé for my next medical school application.

I won’t go into details, but I quickly found myself paired with Eric Peterson in July 2016 as Co-Founder of Sophomore Slump Fest. I added it to my résumé for my next medical school application.

I began assisting Peterson with tour booking and artist management as COO of FBT Entertainment. I thought about adding it to résumé for my next medical school application.

I graduated from Kent State University with an M.A. in Biology. I hadn’t reopened my résumé for medical school in months.

Sophomore Slump Fest 2017

 

In early 2018, I called my mom on the phone after working a shift at a local hospital. An unresponsive toddler had been administered Narcan, just a few weeks after a woman with chest pain was pronounced dead, despite her pacemaker’s best efforts. I confessed to my mom and myself that I was not going to reopen that résumé for medical school. 

“I know that [you’re not going to medical school] not because you can’t, but because you don’t want to, but what are you going to do, instead?”

 

“I think I’m going to give this music thing a try?”

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Thank you, Wright State University, for not giving me the chance that I needed to take myself.

I am still young in this industry, with only 2 years of industry experience and 1 year of touring history under my belt, but I feel myself growing every day. It’s like college 2.0 with louder, better music.

To anyone who feels that their life path isn’t going the way they intended, that’s ok. It’s going to be ok. Take a few deep breaths and keep going. Your life was meant for you and what you choose to do with it.


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