The program director at my final December interview noted I had participated in Student Assembly and Wisconsin Medical Society. He asked "do you see yourself as a burgeoning (or related word) leader?" That really surprised me. Truthfully, I participated in these extracurricular activities (initially) to plump up my CV. But of course I wasn't going to say that. What I said was, I believe that every person has a voice. And being the loud, outspoken individual I am, I think it is extremely important to speak and be heard. Then I related it to telling your high school crush you liked them and how freeing that feels, no matter the outcome of that confession. The more I kept spouting words, I realized they were actually true. I would love to be a voice for people. And I think I can do it. I just have to figure out what I want to talk about and how I can make people listen and, more importantly, act.
Anyway, this interview cycle has been exhausting. I was pretty much done interviewing after number two, so I went on 12 more interviews, which is a totally sane and normal thing to do when you are pooped from pimping yourself out to programs (half true, half false). The interview trail has shown me, 1) I know my CV, 2) I've actually done a thing or two, 3) I am quite desirable and splendid.
While I take the next six weeks to figure out where the heck I want to end up come July 1st, I also plan to write several posts on surviving interview season. I figure I might as well get some good Google search keywords in these posts to boost my online persona. Shameless self-promotion. Is anyone shocked?
Thanks to each and every one of you reading for being a huge part of this process. From letting me crash in your bed or on your couch, to reading my posts that come too far and too between, thank you. Thank you.