How I Got Accepted to Boston University School of Medicine
This is just one in a series of blog posts that will feature medical students telling their stories of how they got accepted into medical school. Today, Faizah Shareef shares with us the story of her acceptance to Boston University School of Medicine.
Faizah, give us a peek into your life. What initially attracted you to pursue medicine?
Why did you choose to apply to Boston University School of Medicine?
To be frank, I just applied to many schools, and I had never actually been to Boston prior to my interview at BU. If I had known the statistics about Boston University, I don’t think that I would have applied, because I would have thought I wouldn’t be accepted! I just applied on a whim and thought, “Alright, I’ve never been to Boston before, we’ll see what happens.” Then, they got back to me with an interview. When I got to campus, I realized that it was where I wanted to be. Essentially, Boston University’s hospital is a safety net hospital that provides healthcare for a lot of individuals who would not otherwise have access to it. I think that reality drove me to Boston University. It is a very mission-driven university and medical school, and it allows us as medical students to play a very strong and pivotal role in providing for these patients. I was really struck by the fact that faculty and doctors collaborate on one common mission which is to provide exceptional care without exception. This is something I realized after the interview, and that solidified my desire to attend BU.
So it was something that you uncovered rather than something you knew when applying?