Dear Mothers in Medicine,
have been a VERY long follower of your blog and after reading a few
pre-med blog posts find myself wondering if you could give me some
I am a new mother (my baby is 9 months) who has been trying to
achieve my dream of medical school for a while. I have a degree in
Biology, publications, a TON of research experience (some of which is at
an Ivy League school) but because I was an international student, I
couldn't guarantee funds for medical school after graduation and hence
my application was not accepted. Right away I pursued nursing school as a
venue to receive permanent residence in US. I was successful and
shortly after graduation resumed studying for the MCAT while working
part-time as an RN. Unfortunately, my MCAT score was not good enough to
get in (it had been a *few* years since my classes). Being in my late
20s, my OB doctor stated if my husband and I wanted to have children,
due to potential complications from some of my health issues, I should
achieve pregnancy sooner or later. A year later, we have a baby.
Sadly, my (also in his late 20s) young husband wasn't prepared for a
responsibility of having a baby and filed for divorce not too long ago.
So, here I am, in what seems like a disastrous situation - a former
pre-med hopeful, now a single mom trying to make ends meet with a
9-month-old. I am sure there are worse situations out there, but I am
completely bummed as to what I should do. I refuse to give up my dream,
but yet, I often wonder do single moms go to medical school? To make
matters worse, I reside in a state where my parents don't live and
because the divorce is here, my husband is going to restrict my
relocation, hence family support will not exist (not physical one in any
I often wonder if I should retake the science classes from scratch?
I'm afraid to seek guidance of a pre-med counselor because they will just
want me to forget it.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to explore all my options and not give up hope...