(Original post by pi=3)
You want some advice, eh? Well here it goes...
When you apply for Medicine -
1) You will be under constant pressure to do well in AS/A-Level and GCSEs, and just when you get your results and are quite happy about them, you will hear rumors about kids with 9A*s GCSEs and 6 A-Levels getting rejected, leaving you to feel hopeless all over again.
2)You will get pointless tests thrown at you. You probably imagined that Medicine has something to do with applying scientific principles. However, put this notion to rest, because based on the UKCAT, a test apparently designed to test 'skills' that would make good future medics, Medicine is all about spotting non-existent patterns in crudely drawn diagrams, calculating things on crappy on-screen calculators and trying to decipher what you have written on your own white board
in a mad rush.
3) You will spend hours and hours preparing your PS and interview technique, believe that might actually have a chance at this thing, and will walk into the interview room, and within the first five seconds, realize the interviewers(s) is a douche. He will cut you off, be rude, won't make eye-contact (despite you family and friends saying eye-contact is EVER so important) and will generally piss you off. Do you know what the worst thing about this is? You tell this to someone, and they say 'Well, he was probably doing it to see how you would react under pressure!'. Bull****. The truth is, the interviewer realizes he has another twenty applicants to interview within the next hour and the tea they provided him at the Med School has too little sugar in.
4) You will come out thinking you did okay. You friend will say he did absolutely terrible. Your friend will get an offer. You won't.
5) You will attempt to 'reflect' so much on your experiences in the interview - the end result being something the experience you describe, without you knowing it, will have become fictional.
6) You will hate the candidate that comes out of the interview room and whispers 'good-luck' to the rest you in an ominous way, before sighing and walking off.
7) You will throw the computer out of the window when you get an email saying 'SOMETHING' has changed on your UCAS status, and just when you log in to Track, the computer freezes.
8) Your 'friends' who are also applying to Medicine probably won't be your friends after all this. This applies whether you were successful and they were not, or the other way round.
9) After you get an offer, and decide to express your frustrations on a open forum to help the poor sod that has his turn in the year after you, you will be negged. Brutally.