“I had almost given up on medical school after two previous unsuccessful applications, but working with Dr. Miller made all the difference this time KNOWS what the admissions committee is looking for, and more importantly, HOW to communicate one's desire to become a doctor. The latter point is crucial. I had the usual research and volunteer activities similar to the majority of applicants, and not even my GPA and MCAT scores were that remarkable. But with Dr. Miller's help, I was able to communicate my story of why I wanted to become a doctor in a way that set my application apart from others. Furthermore, I worked with Dr. Miller to prepare for my interviews, which gave me the confidence to ace them. In the end, the results speak for themselves -- I was accepted to six medical schools, including some "reach" schools I never thought would consider school application process is an arduous path and having Dr. Miller's guidance is one of the best things you can do for yourself.”
In short, I see the role of physicians in society as multifunctional: they are not only doctors who heal, they are also leaders, innovators, social scientists, and patriots. Although my path to medical school has not always been the most direct, my varied and circuitous journey has given me a set of skills and experiences that many otherwise qualified applicants lack. I have no doubt that the next ten years will be similarly unpredictable, but I can assure you that no matter what obstacles I face, my goal will remain the same. I sincerely hope to begin the next phase of my journey at Brown University. Thank you for your kind attention.
Topic : “Captain of all these Men of Death”: What is required to turn the tide against tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa?
1. *Katrina Lehmann-Grube, Grade 12, Wynberg Girls’ High School, Cape Town Katrina’s Essay
2. Elizabeth Halley-Stott, Grade 10, St Anne’s Diocesan College, Hilton
3. Tshepo Rapitso, Grade 10, Moroka High School, Thabanchu
Merit Prizes :
Yuvna Balgobind, Grade 10, Danville Park Girls’ High School, Durban
Tinuke Eboka, Grade 10, St Anne’s Diocesan College, Hilton