My Story to Med School – Advice to Premed Students  – Why YOU Can Do it Too [Motivation]

My Story to Med School – Advice to Premed Students – Why YOU Can Do it Too [Motivation]

November 26, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs

What’s going on guys! In this video, I want to talk to you about
my path to medical school, everything from – starting from high school to med school
and everything in between. The overarching theme and principle of this
video that I want you to take home, the take home message is that if you want – if you
want to go to med school, if you want to succeed as a pre-med in college and in med school,
if you want it, you can make it happen. You don’t have to be super smart, you don’t
have to be a genius. I’m by no means a genius or super smart. When I posted that MCAT video, I know because
I did well on the MCAT, some people came up to me and said “wow yo, you must be -” they
assumed that I was – my intelligence was off the scale, off the charts and it is absolutely
not. That could not be further from the truth. I’m really just a regular guy. If anything, my ability to memorize, you know,
I know my strengths and weaknesses and I think my ability to memorize is subpar. I’ve been putting a lot of time and effort
into memorizing things whereas a lot of my friends will pick it up much quicker. Anyone can do this! I don’t think it takes any special intelligence
or anything intrinsically abnormal or super unique to do this. I think if you want it bad enough, if you’re
motivated, if you set aside the time and the energy and the effort to do it, then yeah,
you’re gonna be successful, nothing’s gonna stop you. But if it’s not your priority, for a lot people
it’s not, you gotta be honest with yourself. For a lot of people, they want to do medicine
when they’re in high school or early college and then they give up “it’s too hard, it’s
too much work for me. I don’t wanna be going to school forever. I don’t want to be in residency. I want to be making money. I want to make money now!” and that’s not
why you should go into medicine. So really evaluate for yourself if it’s what
you want and if it is what you want, then by all means, you can do it, you can make
it happen. And I’m gonna tell you how I made it happen. So, starting up in high school, I was – I
worked relatively hard by high school standards and I got straight A’s but I wasn’t a overachiever
like many of my friends; I didn’t do research on the side, I didn’t have – I didn’t participate
in sports, I really just did schoolwork and then tried to have fun. Did a little bit of tutoring but nothing too
crazy. So, I got into a relatively good college and
so at university, I again, I was doing relatively well, I was getting like a three six, three
seven at the very beginning and then some major life events happened, and I don’t want
to get into too crazy personal details but it was a really tough time for me and for
my family as well. And still to this day, one of the hardest
times that I had to endure but I really believe that challenges and obstacles that come in
your way are just opportunities for growth, especially when you’re young; you’re gonna
learn so much about yourself and how the world works and you’re gonna determine the kind
of person that you want to be. So, I’m thankful for that, I’m thankful for
whatever hardships I had to go through. I know everyone has their own hardships and
whatever it may be, I think it’s key to look at it as an opportunity for growth. Not to play the victim card, not to ask “why
is this happening to me, to my family? What did I do to deserve this?” because you’ll
never get anywhere happy or anywhere productive, you will just end up spiraling down into a
depression if you go down that road. But if you look at it and say “hey, I want
to make this – I wanna make this positive. I want to take that ugly stuff and make something
beautiful out of it”, then by all means, what’s holding you back? I didn’t say it was gonna be easy, but if
you want it, go get it. So, at that moment after that hardship, I
just went all out. Like balls, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to
do medicine at this point. I was just interested in computer science
because I had a knack for it during my AP computer science classes in high school and
I love technology. I mean, some of that still bleeds over. I mean, I don’t know if you guys have visited
the Med School Insiders website, but I taught myself how to make a website because I find
it cool, I find it interesting, I find it fun. I like working with computers, I like tinkering
and making things. I think software was a very powerful tool. I mean, I’m not a programmer by any means. Web design and programming are two totally
different things. But anyways, I digress. So, everyone has challenges; I had my challenges
and you have your own. Every single one of you will have a unique
challenge that you have faced or are facing or will face in the future and I urge you
to face that head-on, don’t run away from it, face it head-on and determine what kind
of person you want to be. After whatever hardship I went through, that
ignited this fire that I was going to med school. I took it as a sign. I’m not religious and I don’t believe in fate
but if anything, I think that fate is a human construct that we create to add meaning to
our lives in times of difficulty, and I think there’s nothing wrong with that. I knew that in the moment and I know that
now but I gave myself that meaning. It wasn’t faith, it was a meaning that I created,
that I assigned myself that I’m doing medicine, that’s my purpose in life and I’m gonna be
a damn good doctor. I was studying, you know, a lot of people
have fun in college. Don’t get me wrong, I still had fun and extracurriculars
but my priority far above everything else was ‘I’m going to med school and I would study
hard’. You know, everyone tells you “don’t just wait
until the midterm or exam and procrastinate and then cram if you want to do well.” that’s totally true, so one thing I had to
always doing my whole life, I was a procrastinator in high school and early college, but now
I started studying every single day. I’d come home, review those lectures and I
wasn’t studying very efficiently by any means. If you guys watch the very first video I made,
it goes into what I wish I knew back in undergrad because I would have been so much more efficient. But I worked hard, I put in the time and I
got straight A’s. From that moment on, I did not get anything
lower than an A in college. So yeah, when my friends were going out Friday,
actually you know, it was college so, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I said “you know what, I’m good I’m gonna
pass. I need to wake up early tomorrow, I got a
lot of things to do. I gotta make things happen”. And I don’t regret that one bit because I’m
here today and it taught me a lot about discipline, about going after what you want, prioritizing
what’s important to you and managing your time. You know, a lot of people are premed early
on, but a lot of people fall off and I think the main reason is because it’s tough and
their desire to do medicine is less than their desire to do other things. Whether that means they’re not – they don’t
want to put in the long time or they don’t want to study as hard, they won’t have more
fun in college. Whatever it may be, if you want it bad enough,
you’ll make it happen. So I urge you to determine the same. If you do want to do medicine and if you do
want to go to medical school and become a doctor one day, ask yourself “do you really
want it? Do you want it bad?” because you know, you’re
gonna have friends who’re doing business or engineering and they’re gonna be making you
know, 80, 90, 100K straight out of college at some jobs. And if money is what’s motivating you, you’re
not gonna be happy in medicine, because it’s a long long road until you actually start
getting paid anything decent. If you do it for the money, you won’t be happy. So, figure out what’s the reason you want
to do medicine. If you want it bad enough like I did, you’ll
make it happen, no doubt in my mind. And when I was applying to med school, I had
my choice; I had multiple acceptances, I got some scholarship and you can do the same,
trust me, you can’t do the same if you want it bad enough. That was my experience in college. Now, even going into med school, it wasn’t
all you know roses and rainbows and happy smiles. I was struggling at the beginning. At the beginning of medical school, it was
a wake-up call in that coming out of undergrad, I was cocky. I thought you know, “I’m so good, I’m getting
straight A’s, setting curves, I did well on the MCAT. Med school will be the same thing, I just
need to work a little bit harder, it’s a little bit more information” but you know what, I
already have this studying thing down. But oh my god, was I wrong! Because again, I would study inefficiently. I just read my lecture slides, I wasn’t studying
well, I wasn’t managing my time efficiently. And I remember there was so many Friday nights
at the beginning, me my friends still love that until this day because we spent so many
Friday nights at the Medical School studying because we were just – we weren’t being efficient
and we didn’t really know what we were doing. But now in hindsight, that was not necessarily
one bit. Once you know how to study, once you know
your strengths, your weaknesses and you learn what works best for you, then you should be
able to have a balanced life. As great as it sounds that “oh I want to work
hard, I don’t need to take breaks. It means so much to me.” it’s not sustainable, you have to take breaks. Your mind just does not work that way. As bad as I wanted it, I was not able to sustain,
I needed to take breaks as well and you see if that what works for you. So, once you start getting the hang of things,
once you start learning how to study and different studies strategies, how to manage time better
– yeah, we were able to enjoy our weekends and relax because you can’t maintain constant
studying non-stop, constant productivity. You will burn out! You know, if this is not – this is not working
for me, I need to figure it out. This was a challenge and again, any challenge
that presents itself is not a moment for you to feel sorry, it’s a moment for you to redefine
yourself and use it as an opportunity for growth. So, I started looking up how to study, how
to study better and once I started implementing these principles, I mean, it took a lot of
discipline too. I remember at the very beginning doing flashcards,
doing Anki cards every day which is so difficult. I missed so many days at the beginning. But eventually, once you realize that starting
is the hardest part but doing it is actually easy, it’s just the starting that’s hard,
the rest just crumbled away. I mean, after that it was just – it was just
so much easier and med school became so much more digestible by just learning how to study,
learning about myself, what works for me and my study style and I recommend you do the
same. So you know, I struggled a little bit in college
and I struggled a little bit at the beginning of med school but I think those opportunities
for growth were paramount in me ultimately being successful. Again, I put a lot of those study strategies
that I learned in that very first video of mine, so check that out and after that, things
were just so much easier. So again, the main purpose of this story is
that I’m trying to tell you guys, if you want it, you can do it. You don’t have to be a genius, you don’t have
to be a bunk and do nothing but study. You can have fun, you can study and be productive,
it’s all possible. You just need to want it bad enough and you
need to try to work towards it and always improve yourself. All right guys, that’s the end of this video. If you liked it, make sure you press the Like
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