Every night, before I doze off into a deep slumber, I re-enact the same scenario in my head. It usually begins with me at home, continuing with the “ping” noise from my outlook email. I open the email, read my acceptance letter from a medical school.. I begin to cry – then – REM sleep commences! This prompts me to wake up the next morning with a hunger for studying. I wake up eager to make that scenario into my reality. Coffee, breakfast, study. study. study.

My aspirations are too large to let anything get in the way of my success. Just last night, I had a conversation with a woman whom I haven’t seen since May.

“so, are you still pre-med?”

“yes, I’m taking my MCAT very soon”

She was shocked… yet oddly pleased at the same time.

“you didn’t think I would make it this far, did you.”

That wasn’t a question. I knew.

“no, i didn’t. I’m glad you’re proving me wrong.”

Let that be your intent. Prove them wrong. Let it ignite a fury inside of you. A fury that no one can tame. Let other people’s discouragement of you push you closer toward your goal. I know it has done wonders for me.

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