One thing that I have been working on during my “gap year” is letting go of some of my fears and inhibitions. One in particular is the fear of asking for help. Growing up as a more independent individual, I have had trouble admitting that I was in need of assistance. Regardless of the situation, I often found myself burrowing into a deeper hole rather than reaching out for help. I was afraid to raise my hand in class and ask for clarification, afraid to reveal my worries to another, and afraid to simply say “I can’t do this alone”. I pretended that I had everything under control and maintained a pleasant facade to a point where no one could reach out to me.
“I push so hard that nobody pulls”
But you know what? It is okay to ask for help. There is no shame in asking multiple questions in class or going to office hours or even asking strangers for advice on applying to medical school. I would always shy away from this in fear of annoying someone or taking up someone’s time. But if there is someone who is placed in front of you as a resource, whether it be a professor or an advisor, there is absolutely no reason to apologize for asking for help. You just have to be willing to accept that helping hand.
For pre-meds: this Tuesday, April 29th, Accepted.com is holding a special webinar called “Create a Compelling AMCAS Application“. I don’t know about you, but regardless of all the research I have found and the advice I have been given, I am still wary of filing my application when May 1st comes rolling in. The session is only an hour long and you can listen to these tips in the comfort of your own home – how can you not benefit? So if you’re interested, register now and sign up for a spot – I’ve registered so you can best believe that I’ll be listening in as well!
Hope that helps,