I used to think that waking up at 5:30am for an early morning track session was hard...after 12 weeks of waking up at 5:30am to hit my MCAT study materials, I can't wait to get back on the track!
During my time at Harvard I realized that after my squash career I wanted to become a doctor. Naturally, I gravitated towards sports medicine, particularly orthopedic surgery, but my major (human evolutionary biology) also led me towards a love of OBGYN and fertility. My plan became to finish college, play professional squash for a few years, then study for the MCAT and go back to medical school. However, after my ACL injury and second meniscus surgery, it became clear that I wasn't going to be able to go onto my squash career immediately. Instead, I focused on my rehab/physical therapy, learning to become a better squash coach, and completing my last two pre-med requirements. The last hurdle was the monster of an exam, the MCAT.
I dedicated my summer to preparing for the 8 hour exam, unfortunately this meant very little squash, but I knew this was the last push before I could go pro. Treating it like my job, working newbie finance hours, I took myself through the Princeton Review study materials all day, 7 days a week, for the better part of three months. Making sure to take a practice exam every week. It was not the best summer to say the least.
Finally, 8/25 came and I went to the testing center, which feels like a jail (no exaggeration, I was fingerprinted, photographed, metal detected, and stripped of all belongings every single time I entered the testing room.) Talking to myself in my head through the whole exam as if it were the fifth game of a match, "come on Haley, last push. focus!" I made it. I finished the exam!
I can't even explain to you how good it feels to be done. The sense of relief. Phewwwwwww!
This score is now valid for four years. Finally, I am no longer a junior, I am no longer injured, and I am no longer a student. Bring on the squash.