I have been reading up on a few blogs, posts, etc. regarding the pros and cons of island med schools and the life and trials entailed in the endeavor. I felt it my duty to post something positive about my dreams, and the dreams of many others, that did make it to med school, and are glad to do so.
I am an older student, as I will be 29 when classes begin in January. And, because of this, it is my duty to bestow some wisdom upon those beginning a graduate program for the first time and/or tough times that lay ahead - not to mention the stress we all will endure in a few months.
I came from rural Easter Kentucky, grew up raising tobacco and such, and was fortunate enough to move to Florida in High school. I was a Varsity Track athlete at Florida State, trained for the Olympics, earned a ** and MS while there, worked for the President of the United States, worked for two Gubernatorial and one Presidential campaign, went back to school, got into med school, and am now working at the FL Secretary of State's office (and that is the short version). My point is this: work hard and you get what you want.
I am happy to be in med school and I always remember that all of my friends, family, and acquantances are proud of me and my accomplishments. I will not let them down and I will not let myself fail.
My advice is to be proud of what you have done, as becoming a medical student is not easy and you have accomplished what only a few thousand people do in the entire world every year. You are more ambitious and have been given the opportunity to do something special with your life; something that ultimately saves lives and makes our world a better place. Don't listen to humbugs or grouchos that want to discourage your desire to succeed. I will always help anyone that wants to succeed or needs advice on how to do so. To say the least, my political background and experience in the "real world" is irreplaceable and serves me well. I merely wish to help anyone I can. If you want to hear about bad situations, that actually matter (not whiny "oh Ross didn't help me" or "My clinicals are terrible") then give me a shout.