Medical school decisions are one of those things that take a very long time to finalize if you consider how applications begin as early as July and eventually culminate in decisions being released around the 2nd-3rd week of May, the following year. Even more so, many students who apply to medical school begin the process many years before (I knew I wanted to do medicine since I was 11 so for me, it's been a decade long dream that I've been working towards). You can imagine then, why many premeds are filled with anxiety, excitement, and even dread come Decision Day.
Last night, a couple of buddies of mine went out for a nice dinner and had a couple of drinks to ease our anxiety. For me, I think the outing did the trick as I was exhausted and very sleepy when I got home. Surprisingly, all those stories that I've read and heard of not being able to sleep the night before decision day didn't materialize for me as I slept soundly up until 8 am this morning. Then, I proceeded to wake up at the full hour and then continued to fall asleep. I knew that for U of T, decisions wouldn't be coming out until around 10:30 am so I tried my best to fall back to sleep. I woke up at around 9:45 am, washed up, and came downstairs to eat breakfast. I can tell my parents were a bit nervous for me by their pacing and utter silence around the breakfast table and yet strangely enough, I felt mostly calm (with a bit of anxiety) this morning. Around 10:15 am, I went to my room, turned on my laptop, and logged into my email account, waiting for U of T's response. Around 10:27, I decided to leave my room for a bit and when I came back (10:30), I noticed that there was a notification telling me that I had one new unread message. Now, I had figured that there was no way I would be getting an email right at 10:30 am considering how servers take awhile to send emails. I opened up my inbox and I saw this:
University of Toronto - Congratulations
Having gone through the application cycle, I can usually tell from the subject line of the email whether or not the news will be good or bad. When I got my U of T interview invite, the subject line had "MD Interviews" whereas when I got rejected from other medical schools, the subject line was very generic and read along the lines of "MD Application". So, when I saw this email heading this morning, I kind of knew that I got in but I think it was just so surreal that I had to read the first few lines of my email before the news finally kicked in.
My friends asked me how I would respond if I got accepted and I told them I'd probably cry tears of joy. Lo and behold, when I saw that coveted email from U of T this morning, I rushed downstairs, yelling "I GOT IN! I GOT IN!" and was hysterically crying tears of joy for awhile before I calmed down. Needless to say, my parents were ecstatic and were just as overwhelmed as I was. I've firmly accepted my offer and can't wait to begin a new chapter in my life. I'll definitely be blogging about my experiences in medical school along the way so stay tuned!