Referring to Section B or C of this application, choose one of your extracurricular activities, employment or community experiences and describe why it has been especially meaningful to you.Living my life surrounded by my role models and by the people I hope to become is often challenging, but equally rewarding. Knowing I wanted to become a doctor, in tenth grade I joined MocDocs—a club where doctors give talks to students about their careers in medicine. By eleventh grade, along with three other students, I became president of MocDocs.Unfortunately, I was not a very good co-president.
I assumed that since I was the only one who “inherited” the club from the graduating senior, and since I let the other three join me as presidents, I could boss them around. Instead of a co-president, I was a jerk. I would say “let’s meet with Dr. Kosowsky on Wednesday during lunch,” instead of asking my co-presidents “what time works best for you for the meeting this week?” Beyond my arrogant bossiness, I also took most of the work into my own hands; I was passionate about the work the club was doing, and wanted to ensure everything went according to my vision.Shortly into the year, my co-presidents approached me and asked me to step down as co-president of the club.
Working with me was impossible.I was shocked. I did not realize I was being a jerk, but giving up on the club I cherished did not seem like a good idea to me. Instead, I instantly apologized. For them, that was not enough. They still wanted me to step down.My reluctance to step down from the club translated into stubbornness, and we soon set up a meeting with our faculty advisor.
In the meeting, my co-presidents justifiably attacked my behavior, citing instances when I bossed them around instead of working together with them. I sank into my chair as the realization of what I had done settled in.My desire to surround myself by my role models—doctors—and to communicate with them and invite them to teach me and my club was too great, and I made my co-presidents understand that during the meeting.
Finally, my many apologies and promises to change my behaviour persuaded them to give me another chance.Since then, I have changed. We now work well together, and we spread the work around equally and fairly.
I no longer make unilateral decisions, rather we meet frequently and even have a group chat to enhance our communication. Today, I am friends and an effective partner with the people who tried to kick me out of the club I cherish.The club itself has also benefited since I realized my mistakes and changed my attitude: attendance and productivity have increased dramatically. We now meet with at least one doctor a month, and are working on the first ever MocDocs field trip. Our club’s size doubled, and club members’ enthusiasm is noticeably greater.Beyond my passion for medicine, MocDocs is important to me because I worked hard to remain a part of it. I embraced my faults and changed my behaviour and attitude toward the running of the club.
Learning from my role models is an important ideal to me, and having that stripped away made me appreciate MocDocs that much more.As a highschool student with little free time, shadowing doctors and participating in MocDocs are my only gateways to to experiencing the life of a doctor. The lessons MocDocs taught me about leadership and teamwork make it a valuable club. However, knowing what it is like to lose this gateway because of my own rashness undoubtedly make MocDocs especially meaningful to me.