Uncharted Pathways

You know, its an odd thing. You think you are going one place, and the Lord leads you somewhere else. And even though you may absolutely dislike where He is sending you, somehow you know that where He wants you to be is where you will be the happiest. I recall when it came down to deciding what college I should attend. I had basically two logical choices: 1) Attend Xavier University in New Orleans, LA, which happens to be the #1 school for putting black people into medical school (almost 70 people a year). And it also can’t hurt that they have given you a full tuition scholarship 2) Attend Oakwood College in Huntsville, AL who is giving you no money, but it is an Adventist college which has a great reputation for putting blacks into medical school. Also, that is the only school that your girlfriend applied to, so if you don’t go there, then the relationship is pretty much over. To me it was a pretty tough decision, because I was at the point in my relationship with Brittany that I knew this was something special. So, against most advice, I went to Oakwood College…the Lord used my desire to want to be with Brittany to get me there; and my what an experience I’ve had at Oakwood. I’ve traveled the world doing mission work, met lots of friends, been sent to do research at Cincinnati and Hopkins, have gotten some nice shadowing in, and have proposed to my girlfriend. Who’s to say what my experience would have been at Xavier; all I know is that I am truly happy now, and I can’t see myself anywhere else.
I say all this because its happening again. With all my heart and soul I want to go to the University of Maryland. It just makes sense:
1) its my home state
2) Close to family
3)Very low instate tuition (cheaper than Oakwood)
4) Brittany’s father is in real-estate and would probably work on getting us a house in Baltimore
5) Easier to get accepted into our state school It just makes sense.

Then I have Loma Linda University School of Medicine, out in California, away from every single thing that I am nostalgic about. It is also an Adventist institution which would mean that I would have gone to Adventist schools since KINDERGARTEN. But there are good sides too like their mission work program where they pay off your med school loans for every year you are overseas doing mission work, or the many mission trips they take during the school year (one girl I knew went on six while she was there), their dedication to teaching holistic care, etc. I’m kind of running away from LLU like Jonah, but I’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Research at Hopkins is actually rolling along pretty well. I’m finally getting some respectable data so hopefully my poster will turn out alright. The truth is, is that no one can do any respectable research in one summer. The people who are lucky are those who go to research intensive institutions, like there are Hopkins undergraduates who have been working in the same lab as me for 2 years! That is real experience, and it will make it much easier for them to do an MD/PhD. I sat through a lab meeting today and it was basically two hours of information flying over my head. Everything seems so hard to understand; once I think that I’ve understood something they name some antibody I’ve never heard of or some method that everyone else just seems to understand as normal. PhDs are very much needed, because without them, physicians would be pretty useless, but I’ve decided that I just don’t care enough to be excited about research. Even though I like what I’m doing, its not something that would make me wake up at 6 am and stay till 11 p.m. for. This is really off the subject, but I’ve been thinking about this. Researchers base everything off of the infallibility of the scientific method, but what if there is a flaw in the actual method? What if there was a better way to approach a problem and solve it? I get if there was, a PhD would have found it, but its an interesting thing to ponder.

School

App Fee

2º App Received

2º App Complete

2º App Mailed out

LORs sent

Interview

Accepted?

Howard University

$45

University of Maryland

$70

X

X

X

Morehouse University SOM

$50

X

X

X

University of Cincinnati

$25

X

X

X

Loma Linda University

$75

X

X

X

Mayo Medical School

N/A

Meharry Medical College

$60

X

X

X

SECONDARY TOTAL: $ 325

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