I felt that way already at interviews, at some point I’d eventually think “Did they make a mistake when they invited me, these other people are crazy?”
I once heard someone say that the first time they felt like an underachiever was once they started medical school, and in that moment I finally understood the feeling.
Med students are on an even playing field when it comes to sleep deprivation and dependency on Starbucks, but it’s humbling to find out that your classmates have played on national sports teams, gone to trials for the Olympics, or got accepted to med school at age 19.
The things that once made you feel special are now commonplace, as medical schools select the cream of the crop. Each one of my current classmates was the best in their school or first in their class, had several research projects going during every school year (and even over the summer), and probably volunteered overseas at least once or twice.
It dawned on me that I was average. Yes, the seven-letter word that…
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