Day One

IN his poem”The Hollow Men“, T.S. Eliot is famed for noting,

This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but with a whimper

(Notably, this bit of prescient verse was written a full two decades before the creation of nuclear arms.)

Much the same could be said when one begins to study for the MCAT.

With a whimper, preceded by a prolonged sigh or groan, the glossy prep book cover is flipped open and one begins to dive into the complexity of cell biology, thermodynamics, and psychoanalysis.

That journey began this afternoon for me. Since posting my MCAT Plan of Attack last winter, I delayed sitting the exam an additional five months from April to September in order to party as much as possible focus on my studies during my last semester of college.

Balancing my coursework, extra-curriculars, and burgeoning social life on top of the dense material found in MCAT would have easily proven to be too much.

I’ve updated the study schedules found in my Plan of Attack to reflect these changes. Today, the focus was on the basic components of the cell and mechanical equilibrium. I read through the chapters, completed some review questions, and studied the flashcards I made last summer.

Today also marks the start of senior week at Wesleyan, which leads up to commencement next Sunday. There are concerts, parties, and formal events nearly every day in celebration of the last four years of hard work. I also have the honor of being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this Saturday.

Immediately after graduation, I’ll be moving back home to Michigan to begin work as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab at the University of Michigan and gain clinical experience on the side. In addition to studying for the MCAT, I’ll also be training for my sixth marathon, the Detroit Free Press Marathon, in October.

I expect this will be the first of several posts chronicling my experience prepping for the MCAT. Along the way, I’ll post study hacks, mnemonics, and strategies I’ve developed that help save time and increase retention.

Until then, happy studying!

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