I say this all the time: I am a chronic optimist. I really do tend to see the glass as half full, at least most of the time. However, this does not mean that I’m not immune to those darn pessimists, and the comments of others. People email me all the time, asking for the “down low” on med school, Ross University, and other related topics. My general response is that I loved almost everything. But that’s really related to my chronic optimism. There aren’t many things that I hate.
I’ve been trying to keep a very positive outlook on the whole residency match process. I want to believe that when a program says they like me, they are telling the truth. I want to believe that I have a good chance of matching at my program of choice. Perhaps I’m just fooling myself, but that’s the way I tend to think.
But lately, I’ve found myself being influenced by all the other med students who are also matching. I hear their stories of people interviewing at and ranking 15+ programs, but then not matching. I hear them say “just because a program says they like you, that doesn’t mean it’s true…they say that to everyone,” and I’ve found myself taking their comments to heart.
But today I found a reason to again believe in myself. I want to believe that I will match. I want to believe that other people have the same confidence in me that I do. And I’m going to try to block out everyone else’s voice, and just listen to my inner “happy” voice.
On another note, I just got back from a wonderful doggy walk, just as the sun was setting on the horizon. All the photos in this post are from my journey through Bushwick tonight. Enjoy.