Life advice, via Are You Afraid of the Dark (index) (random)

Dear Sam,

I’m an aspiring doctor, and I currently work the night shift at my local hospital as a candy striper. We recently had a severe outbreak of vampirism, which I solved by killing the “master” vampire. I saved literally hundreds of lives—possibly the world. The trouble is: vampirism is not a medically recognized disease, and the effects of vampirism on our patients and staff were not long-lasting enough to have influenced medical opinion otherwise. How, then, can I use this experience to get into medical school? I put my life at risk, and it seems unfair.


The Human Application

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Dear Application,

The fact of the matter is, what you actually need to get into med school is impeccable grades and a strong MCAT score. I hope this doesn’t come off as harsh, but it sounds like you’re taking your lackluster academics out on anybody you can and abusing whatever minimal power you have as a volunteer in a vain attempt to prove that you have what it takes to be a doctor.  I know you’d like to help others, but do you really believe that destroying the bringer of eternal life was the best way to help the numerous fatally ill patients at your hospital?  You may want to take a step back and reevaluate your talents.  What is your gift?  Is it death?  If so, do you truly believe that medical school is the best option for you?  It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of becoming a doctor—it virtually guarantees financial security, and it is prestigious and noble.  However, sometimes the most noble thing of all is simply having an good understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses.

Hope this helps,


  • 16 October 2012