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VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:53:25 am »
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Hi everyone,

Iím currently doing my final year of school in Victoria. I guess itís good to know a little about me first. Iím the eldest of 5 siblings, an ex-swimmer and an aspiring medical student!

Why medicine?
Honestly, when I was younger I had dreams of doing a lot of things on the creative side: fashion designer, interior designer even a lawyer at one point. I donít know why since I got a D in art so that was never going to happen.  Sometimes itís hard to pinpoint just one defining moment where I decided that I wanted to do medicine. Honestly, I donít have one. I love science, helping people and making a difference in the world. Also, I really want to make my parents super proud after theyíve given up so much for me. My dad especially has been working overseas for around 4 years now. I guess doing medicine would be my way of making all of that worth it for him. Iím not choosing to do medicine for my parents, I genuinely believe itís the best career path for me. Being an older sister to 5 siblings makes you pretty protective. At one point my little sister had to go through a surgery on her heart. At the time, it was a really foreign thing for someone in the family to have anything wrong with them. I was yet to experience any deaths of grandparents or uncles or aunties. So it was a really scary thing for me. I remember I went to some appointments with her and the doctor was really nice and supportive and helped her recover quickly. I also remember thinking that I wanted to be the one to help my little sister get better. Soon after, one of my aunties was diagnosed with cancer and she passed away. It was the first time I saw my dad cry. My dad has 7 sisters and 4 of them have had cancer. Thankfully, no one else has passed but itís really sad sitting back and seeing someone you love become really sick and not being able to do anything about it. For that reason I really want to go into family medicine or paediatrics, I want to be able to help families and children get better. The doctor who helped my sister didnít only help her, he helped an entire family by making her healthy again and I canít think of another career thatíll be as fulfilling as that.

What subjects are you doing?
ē Chemistry
ē Psychology
ē Biology
ē Methods
ē English

What are you aiming for?
I donít like to put numbers on things and jinx it. But of course Iím aiming for pretty high if I want to get into med. I think I would be truly happy with a 97 ATAR. I do not expect at all to get anywhere near a perfect score, I just want to try my best and hopefully get something high enough to get me into med. A 97 would be great though . My strongest subjects are definitely biology and psych. Not only do I enjoy them but I also excel at them and Iím hoping to get 45+ for both. My weakest subject is definitely Methods! I honestly used to love maths but when I rolled into year 11 I got smacked in the face with some bad scores and ever since Iíve been struggling to get anything over 70%. Iím not too worried, I only want a 30 and Iíll try to make it up with doing well in my other subjects. English and chemistry are my middle subjects. Iím not sure why since I average similar to bio and psych in them but I do enjoy them a little less. Thereís time in English where I want to fall asleep but I do enjoy writing. Chemistry can be super super interesting and super super dry at times so itís a bit of a mixed subject for me, I still do enjoy it though. Aiming for a 40+ in Chem and English hopefully 🏼.

What is my backup option?
I think itís important to think about this because I donít want to put so much stress on me getting into med. I really want to and hopefully I do but the chance is so slim and Iíll be sure to work at it with everything Iíve got but I know sometimes things donít work out. Iím going to apply all over Australia for undergrad med just to increase my chances and Iím also thinking about applying overseas. Iím hoping that at least one of the uniís will take me. I really want to go to Monash though, the people there are really nice and I love the environment there. If for some reason the med gods decide not to get me into medicine, I want to get into Monash pharmacy/pharmaceutical science. Through that if I still want to I can go into medicine but pharmacy and pharmaceutical science are the next best thing to med for me, it would still be amazing to create medicines that could save peopleís lives or at least numb their pain.

I guess thatís all for my intro, hopefully Iíll keep this updated throughout the year

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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2018, 09:15:24 am »
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Awesome journal! Let's go fellow premedder!! <3
Your story was so touching. I think you'd be a great holistic, family-orientated physician that treats the whole patient - not just their symptoms.
I'm also sorry to hear of your losses in your family. That is a high incidence of cancer on your Dad's side; it might pay to be vigilant about your own health into the future.
I also think it's great you're considering alternatives to med. Have you considered post grad med? That's my plan B but maybe you have reasons it isn't your cup of tea?
What's your plan to improve your methods scores?
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Who is your favourite sibling? (haha)

Best of luck and can't wait for future updates!
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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2018, 11:29:19 am »
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Love seeing how genuinely passionate you are about the field, and your story is so inspiring! I'm really sorry for your losses; sending my prayers to you and your family <3

Really happy to see that you're considering interstate unis too! Many of my friends who were fellow med hopefuls only applied to Monash, when they had scores which were competitive for unis in other states, and unfortunately didn't get in. Most of them are either considering postgrad, dent or the biomed pathway to Monash med. Also it's really good that you have a backup option as well (this may or may not be asked in some of your med interviews)

Looking forward to future updates! Best of luck for VCE, UMAT and your medicine journey!!

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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2018, 11:31:52 am »
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Awesome journal! Let's go fellow premedder!! <3
Your story was so touching. I think you'd be a great holistic, family-orientated physician that treats the whole patient - not just their symptoms.
I'm also sorry to hear of your losses in your family. That is a high incidence of cancer on your Dad's side; it might pay to be vigilant about your own health into the future.
I also think it's great you're considering alternatives to med. Have you considered post grad med? That's my plan B but maybe you have reasons it isn't your cup of tea?
What's your plan to improve your methods scores?
And
Who is your favourite sibling? (haha)

Best of luck and can't wait for future updates!

Thanks sarangiya!
Iíll probably go down the route of post grad med if Iím still set on being a doctor after pharmacy, but that isnít an easy or guaranteed pathway either .
Iíve started tutoring for methods so hopefully that helps, but my main focus is on subjects I know I can do well in.
Hahaha, I love them all equally!
Good luck to you too, thanks for reading

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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2018, 11:34:17 am »
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Love seeing how genuinely passionate you are about the field, and your story is so inspiring! I'm really sorry for your losses; sending my prayers to you and your family <3

Really happy to see that you're considering interstate unis too! Many of my friends who were fellow med hopefuls only applied to Monash, when they had scores which were competitive for unis in other states, and unfortunately didn't get in. Most of them are either considering postgrad, dent or the biomed pathway to Monash med. Also it's really good that you have a backup option as well (this may or may not be asked in some of your med interviews)

Looking forward to future updates! Best of luck for VCE, UMAT and your medicine journey!!

- cookiedream

Thanks cookiedream! Congrats on your uni acceptance btw, definitely my inspo hahaha.

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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2018, 12:46:03 pm »
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Really looking forward to reading your updates through the year! :D

It's awesome to have a passion to guide you through year 12 - I was always really set on getting into physio and having that desire always helped me keep on going when things got tough at school :) Good luck for this year, and I hope you enjoy your final year of high school!
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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2018, 12:59:25 pm »
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Looking forward to reading your journal. All the best for year 12 and getting into undergrad med! :)
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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2018, 08:27:45 pm »
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Great start to your journey journal, keep it up! It's great to see how much you care about what you want to do in life, just keep an attitude like that in your life and it will be both worthwhile and enjoyable, so good luck! :D
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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2018, 06:54:30 pm »
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It feels weird writing a journal to myself for other people to read. Anyways, I have an English SAC tomorrow which is basically just memorising and regurgitating my creative. Iíve memorised it but Iím really mad that itís even a SAC to begin with, I know some people would find it really stressful and Iíve wasted time I could be using more productively remembering things that Iíll only need for two periods since itís not even on the exam. I got my psychology practice test back and I got 87% which isnít that bad but Iím not really happy about it. Itís annoying because my mistakes werenít based on lack of knowledge but super silly little things that cost marks I couldíve easily gotten. My actual psychology sac is next week on Tuesday and Iím really looking forward to hopefully smashing it out. Chemistry sac this Friday which I am superrrr nervous/excited about! Itís more the theory that worries me and the fact itís based on a practical which means it can ask really weird questions that donít even relate to what weíve learnt like ďwhat do you do when a fire is caused by propanolĒ. I have to read through pages of safety data sheets for like one question which is really annoying but I guess easy marks. I skype called my dad and Iíve decided I wonít be putting an application in overseas for med, chances are if I donít get in in Australia I wonít be able to overseas. Despite the difficulty of getting into med there is so many universities and pathways in Australia and they take in a fair amount of students so there are plenty of opportunities! I am finding it extremely difficult to keep my motivation up for methods, I feel like itís impossible to improve really since I put in so much effort last year for nothing. I feel horrible because my parents are paying for tutoring for a subject I donít have the motivation to do well in :(. Overall school has been good so far, Iím not feeling too stressed at all but thatís probably because I havenít received any sac marks back . Iím expecting bio by Thursday, I will be disappointed if I donít get 100%, I literally know that topic to the point where itís never leaving my memory so Iím praying that itíll be a good start to the year. Hoping after my sacs have calmed down I can get to working on some drills for section 1 off medentry! Itís my worst section by far and Monashís 50/50/50 rule means I canít afford to slip up on it in the UMAT, itíll take a lot of work to get my marks up for it.

Thatís it for my second journal entry, it was mostly just complaining. By the time I check in next I should have some sac results to rant or rave about :)

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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2018, 04:45:13 pm »
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How did your English SAC go? :)
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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2018, 04:29:57 pm »
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My sacs went well this week, apart from chem :( I went home really upset after it, I know I screwed up. For some reason I forgot how to balance equations when I literally can do it at home in my sleep, the nerves really got to me. It was also based on a practical, so the question types were not something I had practiced at home which really bummed me out. I guess at least now I know that when it comes to practical sacs I should do some research at home and try to think of the types of questions Iíll be asked instead of wasting my time smashing out checkpoints. I hope I get at least 80%, any lower and itíll be tricky to come back from. In good news I got my bio sac results back, 24/25!! That one mark really annoys me, but it is a good start to the school year and hopefully I can keep it up. Iíve been really sick the past few days, so studying has been the last thing on my mind unfortunately, so Iíve been doing the bare minimum but I have camp this week so hopefully thatíll be the break I need to get back into it. How was everyone elseís week?

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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2018, 09:11:32 pm »
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My sacs went well this week, apart from chem :( I went home really upset after it, I know I screwed up. For some reason I forgot how to balance equations when I literally can do it at home in my sleep, the nerves really got to me. It was also based on a practical, so the question types were not something I had practiced at home which really bummed me out. I guess at least now I know that when it comes to practical sacs I should do some research at home and try to think of the types of questions Iíll be asked instead of wasting my time smashing out checkpoints.

I know it's easier said than done but don't dwell on it too much! One SAC won't make a world of difference, and it's a good experience to have in a SAC so you can work on being able to cope if it does occur in the exam. It's great to see you're already thinking about how you can improve for next time! Head up, you've got this (and get well soon!) :)
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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2018, 09:27:13 pm »
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Congratulations on your amazing biology mark! Vaike's wise words are exactly my sentiment towards you with regards to chemistry so I won't dwell on that. Best wishes.

Camp sounds great! Is it camping or glamping? (Haha)
Hopefully your sickness passes soon too... It's the worst being sick!

Good luck and looking forward to further updates !
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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2018, 07:43:38 am »
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Canít believe term 1 is nearly over, time is going way too fast. Iím pretty content with how Iíve been doing at school, but not all my sacs have been over 90 which isnít ideal but I guess I have plenty of time to improve! I seem to drop my marks over the silliest little things which is super frustrating. UMAT preparation has been on the side for a bit now, just under 4 months to go. Iím very anxious to start proper revision since I donít want to do badly, especially since medentry shows you your percentiles compared to other students. Hoping that over the holidays I can put my own strategy list together based on the guides and knock out a couple practice exams. The online practice exams are kinda putting me off since I like to do everything on paper, but too late to change that now - donít want hundreds of dollars going down the drain. Iíve started doing weekly essays for English, hopefully by the time I get to my sac and the exams Iíll be very comfortable with my writing. My bio teacher is telling me an A+ is 96%, which means that each sac I can only afford to drop 1 out of my 25 marks which is really stressful, but I feel like this information is whatís making me more careful of mistakes. My psychology teachers are extremely harsh markers and there are a lot of people who are good at psychology so the atmosphere is a bit tense. I definitely feel like the competition between everyone is getting to me and I do think about it a lot. Regular walks was something I put on my year 12 to do list but I havenít been doing it, I think I need to, just so I have some time to clear my head everyday. My dad works overseas and heís coming back to visit over the Easter holidays which I am really looking forward to - itís really hard not having him physically there, especially for my Mum. The other day she got really sick was vomiting and fainting before me and my four siblings had school, so I drove my sisters to high school with her puking in the passenger seat, then drove my brothers to primary school and took her to the doctors. We were there for about an hour and they gave her an injection for the vomiting and some medicine. By the time I drove us home, I didnít see the point in going to school and my mum is always there to look after all of us so the least I could do was stay home to look after her. Became a housewife for a day and did all the cleaning/cooking, taught myself how to make pasta

Thatís all from me, Iíll try to update more often from now on

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Re: VCE Journey Journal To Medicine (hopefully):
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2018, 09:37:46 am »
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Sounds like you're doing an awesome job! Don't put too much pressure on yourself, though :)

I definitely recommend making time for regular walks - staying physically active is so important and beneficial for your health, plus having time to yourself and being away from school related things is really good, too.

Do you have anything special planned for the school holidays (besides catching up with your dad)? :)
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