Remember the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (the 2005 remake being called "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter) where Charlie gets the coveted GOLDEN TICKET to tour Wonka's ultra secret chocolate factory? As weird as an analogy it might seem, I think medical school and the movie have a lot in common. Allow me to break this down for you:
Charlie = Premeds
Chocolate Bar containing golden ticket = Regrets or Invitation emails
Golden Ticket = Invitation to Interview and ultimately an Acceptance
Willy Wonka = admissions committee/reviewers/interviewers
Chocolate Factory = Medical School
It's kind of amusing if you think about it - we are all "Charlies" who get really anxious whenever we see our inboxes increase by "1". Our hearts start pounding, our palms get sweaty and we're thinking : "Is it an invitation? Is it? Is It?" or alternatively "Oh god, please no regrets." And just like Charlie who opens his chocolate bar and discovers one of the five coveted golden tickets, like him, we want to get that coveted invitation to interview because at that point, we are 50% of the way there! With this golden ticket in hand, we are then able to proceed to the "chocolate factory" aka the medical school in which if we are lucky, might get to attend for the next 3-4 years. Once we enter, we get a sense of what life is like in the factory (though I'm pretty sure medical schools don't exactly have orange singing little men and rivers made out of chocolate..) and are subsequently exposed to several "tests" (aka "interviews"). And, if we come out victorious like Charlie, we might just end up with a spot in the factory ;).
So, have you gotten your golden ticket yet?