On June 24, 2012, nine eager students with one passion, a successful
career in the field of medicine, began the Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Plus
Program (PMPDPP) - a seven-week journey that would test our
determination and dedication to our dreams.
involvement in the program, we all began to prepare for the transition
from high school to college as we aspired to become doctors, surgeons,
and physical therapists. However, after being welcomed with open arms,
each of us was hit with a shot of “reality.” The first few weeks of
late nights, early mornings, and long days filled with classes and
limited breaks, led us to the conclusion that this experience would
require perseverance and dedication.
Somewhat disconnected from our
former outside lives, we thought we could never survive, but soon
realized it was much easier to concentrate and succeed without regular
access to our beloved electronic gadgets. In a way, it was a rigorous
test of our abilities and integrity, and encouraged us to manage our
time more efficiently, work collaboratively as a team, and develop a
stronger bond with each other. Utilizing effective communication along
with persistence and diligence, we were able to meet our deadlines for
both individual and group assignments.
We all made sacrifices. We all pulled through. We all developed
habits of mind and character that prepared us to start the journey
towards the end-goal of success. We all learned that our paths have
crossed for a reason, and this reason is to help each other overcome our
challenges using our individual strengths and skills.
We have now
proven to ourselves that, as Brian Tracy says, “Goals are the fuel in
the furnace of achievement.” Our academic success will surely pave the
road to the achievement of our goals but we will be able to stay on this
road by supporting each other during times of weakness or self-doubt.
As we concluded our summer program, we realize how far we have come in
such a short period and truly appreciate the resources and endless
assistance provided to us.
The final culminating event was receiving
our “white coats” - we are the PMPDPP class of 2016!
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