YOLO: Is it worth it?

April 17, 2013



This past week has been ROUGH! I kicked it up a gear and turned the dial all the way up to “Beast Mode.” I nearly turned green as I hulked my way through countless pages of pathology and pathophysiology. Up every morning at 5:30. Books open and MacBook ready by 7:15. As Friday rolled around, I found myself in state stronger than the word exhaustion could even express. How could I make I make through another week like this? Are the all the weeks of the next two years going to be like this? More importantly, is all this even worth it?

YOLO! You only live once, right? So why am I living the most agile years of my life this way? As I look at some of my friends who have already made it into the workforce, it is clear that life is more than Acid-Base physiology and GI infections. It is more than late nights and early mornings trying to keep pace with the mountain load of material given. It is more than pointless labs and boring teachers. I mean, isn’t it?

After over half of a semester of reflection, a thought on the matter came to me while talking to friend expressing similar concerns. She too had felt that this “med school life” did not fit into our interpretation of YOLO. I had expressed my frustrations until a thought – perhaps a resolution – regarding our problem naturally came to me. “It is not fair to judge the worth of this experience now,” I simply stated. “It is just too early to call it”. Often times, I develop tunnel vision while in the midst of a problem. I can’t see past it, over it, or around it. This only exacerbates my fundamental lack of foresight. I have absolutely no ability to see my future especially through the confusion of school, so my present problem transforms into what I believe will be my future reality.

One of my favorite writers, Paul, explained in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” My present troubles cannot outshine my future glory. In other words, though life currently is saturated with seemingly meaningless cycles of lectures and exams, it does not mean that my future experiences cannot make up for it. Better yet, my future experience may even have the ability to make my dreadful past experiences meaningful.

I concluded my conversation with my friend with this statement, “We can only assess if this journey is worth it, not at the low points, but at the most positive peaks of this experience, both present and future.” Then, and only then, can we truly judge if this journey was worth it. And if God has called us to this ministry of healing, I’m betting 10 out of 10 that it will be. We just have to hold on and wait and see.

~KeAndrea “Kiki” Titer


November 19, 2012

Tired. Sleepy. Overwhelmed. Burned-out. These are adjectives that often describe my existence just a few weeks into another semester. The work and studying seems never ending at times. The idea of preparing to take Step 1 rides my back like a monkey I just can’t shake. My day is so consumed with achieving superb productivity in my studies that only people and activities important to me are able to squeeze into my busy life. This is my reality.

To make matters worse, school has shown very little mercy in slowing down the massive distribution of information I must thoroughly know and understand. This is all done under what seems to be a time pressure-cooker. And so, with this in mind, I couldn’t help but think, “Why do they make us go to religion class twice a week?” Now don’t get me wrong, I’m proud to be a Christian and long to be a Christian physician. Nonetheless, in the face of Pharmacology and Pathophysiology, The Art of Integrative Care religion class seems a lot less significant. On the first day, the professor announced that we have an assignment where we needed to go into the hospital, find a patient, and ask them a long list of questions concerning their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I shrugged inside, knowing this assignment would only eat into study time.

Well, I grabbed a partner and we made our way to the hospital: Floor 5800 – Pediatric Cardiac Transplantation. We asked the charge nurse if there were any mothers willing to talk to us in order to complete our assignment. She sort of
scramble around for a few seconds checking the rooms for parents. There turned out to be only one parent on the floor. She escorts us to the room, pauses, and says, “Do you need to ask her any spiritual questions?” “Of course,” I thought, seeing as this is Loma Linda, the only Adventist medical school in the country. But we both said with a smile, “Oh no, not necessarily.” We finally enter the room. The worry masked by self-taught toughness was evident on this mother’s face. We caught her in the middle of gazing at her beautiful baby girl sleeping semi-peacefully in the hospital crib. We introduce ourselves and begin asking her the questions we needed answered for our assignment. She explains her daughter has dextrocardia in which her heart has flipped over and was situated on the right side. She had two surgeries done already all before the age of two. This time she came to the hospital for the third surgery, but do to unforeseeable complications, the surgery had to be reversed.

My heart broke for her family’s situation. How difficult it must be to watch helplessly as her little one struggled. We asked her about her support systems including family and a church organization. She mentioned her major support was her sister and, occasionally, she would attend her sister’s church. We finally wrapped up the interview, thanked her for her time, and wished her and her daughter well. I could sense the closing remarks seemed inadequate and incomplete.

Before making our way to the door, I asked her, “Would you mind if we pray for you and your daughter?” After recalling what the nurse had insinuated about this woman’s spirituality, I expected to hear a simple “No thank you.” To my surprise, she gladly welcomed it. We prayed for God to give her strength, to restore her  daughter’s health, and for her family to continue being the support she needs. Lastly, we prayed that God’s will would be done in her the situation. She thanked us for the prayer and we exited the room.

While reflecting on the experience, I didn’t think it was a waste of my time anymore. I had no thoughts of changing classes or complaining to my friends about how unenjoyable the assignment was. Instead, I thought this is why I want to be a doctor.  I thought this is what I came to medical school to do – to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of a patient and their family. I wish I could have spoken as her surgeon and scheduled her daughter for another life-saving procedure. Or, I wish I could have spoken as her pediatrician and assure her that the child’s vital sign were within normal range and that her condition seemed to be improving. Instead, all I could say was, “Would you mind if I prayed for you?” And that was enough.

How to Pack Your Bag Item 4: Fearlessness

April 30, 2012

***I hope you enjoyed and were blessed by the last post! A little about me: I am currently a first year med student at Loma Linda University (raises hands in praise). My journey to medical school has been exciting, difficult, fun, stressful, and character-building all at the same time. Along the way, I mentally picked up and developed tools I knew would help me be successful in medical school. Now as a medical student, I have already used these items packed away in my medical school bag. Each post I would like to share with you one item you need to pack your medical school bag with. Prayerfully, by the time you are accepted, you will already have everything you need to be successful in the next step of your journey. ***


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?You are a child of God.Your playing small does not serve the world.There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that otherpeople won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
 permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.


~ Marianne Williamson

A few weekends ago, from April 5th– 8th, I was able to attend the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference in Atlanta, GA. It was a blessing to say the least. First and foremost, it was free! We received sponsorship through our school, Loma Linda University, to send four representatives. Second, it was incredibly enriching. I was able to attend several workshops about how to be come an excellent physician, student, mentor, and person. Lastly, it was encouraging. The best part was meeting so many students just like myself. Transitioning from a predominantly minority school to becoming the minority at my school has had both its benefits and challenges.  Thus, simply being surrounded by like-minded and dedicated individuals similar to me has been indescribably rewarding.

The theme of the conference was “Champions of Change”. Yet, the recurring theme in my heart was “Overcoming Fear.” As I interacted and conversed with several of the students there, I came across many who had unfortunately seemed to settle for being average. There was little extraordinary about their character, passion, or drive. They seemed unmotivated to grasp all they could from the opportunities that presented them there. But, in the midst of the mediocrity, there were some students who truly shined. Their enlightening passion and drive to become an excellent leader and, ultimately, physician was almost contagious. I saw within them qualities that I possess which yielded to the idea that I, too, could shine. Theses students had unconsciously given me permission to let my light shine and helped me to develop the fourth item in my medical school bag: fearlessness.

Having a mindset of fearlessness does not mean that we will never experience fear. On the contrary, as I ponder how I will handle school and extracurricular activities next year, I immediately experience the physical effects of fear and anxiety. The real test is how we handle the fearful moments, decisions, exams, and situations that we are bound to face in our lives. Marianne Williamson implies in her poem that our fear is precipitated when our thoughts teeter-totter on the line between success and failure – inadequacy and power. However, one important, scale-tipping factor remains evident: we are the children of God. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” As the children of God, we are equipped with the ability to be powerful beyond measure. Thus, it is in those moments when the MCAT score is lacking, when the “right” school must be chosen, when plans for next year must be solidified, and when opportunities arise that challenge our fearful hearts, we should discard fear and ask for the power and sound mind God has promised us. If we hold on to that God-given power, “we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

As I looked around at the exceptional attendees of the conference, doubts of my powerful abilities arose. Challenged by the reality of failure, I asked myself the question, “Who am I to be fearless and powerful beyond measure?” You may be asking yourself a similar question. Who are you to be a competitive applicant, a leader in your school, a mentor to those under you, an exceptional medical student, and an outstanding physician? With knowledge that you are a child of God, I answer you back, “Who are you not to be?”

May God bless you and keep you as I know He will and may He give you a spirit of fearlessness and of power. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or topics you would like to talk about- feel free to email me: k.titer@gmail. Also, if you’re new to the blog, take a look at previous posts by clicking on the tabs to the right.


~KeAndrea “Kiki” Titer

A Walk In My Shoes

March 11, 2012
 Hello Everyone! I hope all is well. Here is a snapshot into my life as a first-year medical student at Loma Linda University, School of Medicine. Since, each medical student will have a unique perspective, this post is meant to only serve as a general overview of a first year medical student day to day experience. I hope you find this post informative and beneficial!

Normal Day

I wake up almost every morning by 6:30am. From Monday to Friday, I have class from 8am-12pm. Because I attend Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, I also attend 2 religious classes and 1 chapel service a week (which cuts out an hour of lecture on those days). In the afternoon, I usually have a lab from 1pm-3pm. Occasionally, I’ll have another lab that follows right after from 3pm-5pm. Most days, I’m done with school by 3pm and begin studying soon after. I usually complete my studying by 9:30pm and am in bed by 10:30. Most days are good. Once I got into a groove, my daily schedule fell into place. There are occasional rough days, and the days preceding test week naturally become stressful. However, my goods day far outweigh my bad days 10 fold and I am thoroughly enjoying my experience in medical school!

Curriculum Setup

Our program is setup to cover all the aspects of a body system. For example, we learn the histology, anatomy, embryology, physiology, clinical correlations of the reproductive system all at the same time. Thus, we usually have about 6-7 science classes running at one time. Many other medical schools run on a “block schedule”. This means students takea few classes at a time until all of the material for that subject is covered. A major difference between medical school and college is that each class you take is of equal importance. There are no “general education” classes.

Mental Status

To be frank, medical school is mentally hard. The amount of time spent studying and packing in countless facts does wear on the mind. I find it important to find outlets that allow me to break away from my studies occasionally. I try to make sure I exercise at least once a week. Also, I learned that is it important to take adequate study breaks. Several of my classmates, including myself, keep up with favorite TV shows in our spare time, watch movies, hike, ski, and engage in many other activities. The only way I can remain sane in this roller coaster ride called medical school is to take one day off a week just to rest my mind. It gives me the rejuvenation I need to begin another study week.

Spiritual Life

I started a habit in undergrad to have devotion for 30min in the morning and evening. Majority of the time, I am able to keep up this practice. Many may think that a lot of personal habits cannot be maintained when faced with the demands of medical school. But, this is simply not true. You can do anything you want in medical school. It’s all about how you schedule your time. I schedule to have devotion time, and so I do consistently. As stated before, medical school will be mentally challenging. It may cause some to doubt or question trusting in God during the difficult times. However, maintaining a consistent personal time with God will give anyone the strength they need to persevere through.


Despite what you may have heard, you can sleep in medical school. I get 7-7.5 hours of sleep per night. But is should warn you, I don’t think this is the average. Sleep is very important to me. I know that I can’t function properly the next day if I don’t get enough sleep. Many of my classmates sleep for fewer hours and be functional the next day. It all depends on how much sleep your body needs to function optimally each day.


I, like sleep, believe eating is VERY important. I consistently eat 3 meals a day. I know some of my classmates may skip a meal and choose to study. Also, some of my classmates eat continually throughout the day. It truly depends on your personality and normal appetite. I don’t sacrifice meals or sleep, for that matter, to study! I believe in eating a balanced, healthy meals; for to me, healthy body yields a sharp mind.

Study Hours

One of the most difficult transitions to make from undergrad to medical school is handling the class load. I would dare to say I’ve seen approximately 60%-70% of the material before in college. So, the classes themselves are not the most difficult part of medical school. The challenging part is studying all the material given to you each day. Each student studies on average between 6-8hrs a day. Some people choose not to study on Saturday night. It is possible to do and still do well in medical school. However, it does depend on how efficiently you study during the week. Now, some of you may see this and think that it is impossible for you to do everyday. I thought the same thing at first too. However, putting in the necessary hours to study is dependent on your attitude. Since I got here, my attitude about school has changed. I know that each piece of information I learn aids in molding me into a competent physician. Thus, I’m willing to put in the necessary time to study and learn all the required material. And when you come to medical school, your attitude will change too.

Study Plan

Knowing how you best study is key! But if you don’t know, it’s okay. I spent the first portion of my year just nailing down the best way I study, and still have a few adjustments to make. Some of the top ways my classmates study: highlight the important concepts in notes, make flash cards, and rewrite and condense the notes, read the book, make study questions, answer the lecture objectives, and many more options. Some come to class, some do not. Some study in the library, some study at home. The possibilities  on how to study are endless.

Free Time

Truth be told its hard to find free time in medical school, but it does exist! We do have few days off for Thanksgiving, 2 weeks off for Christmas, MLK Day off, President’s day off, and a week for Spring Break. Also, our school is set up so we have a study-free weekend following each week of testing. Free time outside of those planned dates truly must be created. Many of my classmates find time on the weekends to travel or do some sort of fun activity. Thus, everyday of the week is not filled with studying! All work and no play makes a medical student a dull person 🙂


I actually do a little more than just study. It is very possible to be involved in campus organizations while in school. I currently serve as the Co-President of the Student National Medical Association. It keeps me busy, so you have to be sure that you can handle an extra commitment. Also, a few of my friends and I teach a Teens Sabbath School class on Saturday mornings at a local church. My only suggestion would be to pick extracurricular that you deem worth your time. As stated before, you won’t have a great amount of free time; therefore, spend your extra time doing something you love.


We have several married and dating students in our class. Some people began dating before hand, some relationships began while in school. I have heard that medical school can be straining on long distance relationships. However, I know too many people that have made it work to say that is it impossible. I believe the a major part of maintaining a relation in medical school is having a partner that is understanding. Check out the Love & Medicine post in February for testimonies from real life physician and medical student couples that have made it work.


Well, that’s all I have to share for now. I hope this gives you a small glimpse of what life in medical school is like. If you found anything discouraging, I encourage to still continue to pursue to dreams of a becoming a physician. Just keep in mind, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. Throughout the occasional trials I face here, I know that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else – doing anything else. May God bless you and keep as I know He will!

– KeAndrea “Kiki” Titer

ABCs of the Medical School Application

January 30, 2012

Below is information on the 3 major parts of the medical school application process. For those just starting out, it is important to know what process entails. I pray you find this helpful and enlightening .

 ~KeAndrea “Kiki” Titer

A ~ Awesome MCAT

MCAT Basics-

The MCAT is given from January to September.  It is best to take it in June or July. Try not to take it later than August. The MCAT is broken down into the following sections with score ranges as follows:

  • Physical Sciences (G. Chem and Physic)- 1-15
  • Verbal Reasoning- 1-15
  • Biological Sciences (Biology and O. Chem)-1-15
  • Writing Sample- J(low)-T(high)

The MCAT is a 4 hour and 20 min test. There are 10 min breaks available between each section. There are 52 multiple-choice questions in the Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences section. Most of the questions are “passage-based,” meaning they refer to short passages of text formatted like scientific journal articles, research reports, data analysis or scientific editorials.The Verbal Reasoning section is similar to the Reading Comprehension sections on the SAT and GRE, but the passages selected for the MCAT are little denser.  There are 40 questions which test your ability to recognize main ideas, identify the author’s tone, draw conclusions, break down arguments and apply information from the text to new hypothetical situations. The Writing Sample consists of two half-hour essays in response to two short prompts. The Writing Sample Tests your ability to formulate and communicate an argument in standard written English and to support your argument using logical and relevant examples. It is VERY important that you do many practice question and sample full length tests in order to get comfortable in taking the test.


B~ Beastly AMCAS

The American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) is a non-profit, centralized application processing service that is provided for those seeking entrance into a U.S. medical schools. Most medical schools use AMCAS as the primary application method.

Sections of the AMCAS

  1. Beginning the Application The first three sections of the application are Identifying Information, Schools Attended, and Biographic Information. In these sections, you’ll supply information about who you are, where you went to school, where you live, and how you can be contacted.
  2. Entering your Course Work The Course Work section is often reported as the most difficult section to complete. You should start by requesting a personal copy of your official transcript from each school you attended after high school. You’ll then use those transcripts to enter detailed information regarding every course in which you enrolled at any post-secondary institution.
  3. Work/Activities The Work/Activities section gives you the opportunity to enter up to 15 experiences (work, extracurricular activities, awards, honors, publications, etc…). You’ll be asked to supply the date of the experience, hours per week, a contact, the location, and a description of the experience.
  4. Letters of Evaluation The Letters of Evaluation section is where you will enter information regarding each letter of evaluation being sent to AMCAS. Up to 10 letter entries may be created. Letter entries may continuously be added throughout the application process; however, after submission of your application, letter entries cannot be edited or deleted. (Tip: Tell you teachers about the LOE NOW!! Send them you academic info, AMCAS’ generated LOE ID and Password, and submission deadline) Give a deadline at least 1-2 weeks before you actually plan submitting your AMCAS.

5.      Medical Schools– The Medical Schools section is where you will select the schools to which you will apply.

6.      Essays– The Essay(s) section is where you will compose your personal statement explaining any pertinent information not included elsewhere in the application.

7.      Standardized Tests-The Standardized Tests section is used to enter or edit future MCAT test dates, as well as review previous MCAT scores, and enter any additional test information, such as GRE scores.

8.      Submitting your Application– Before submitting your application, we strongly recommend using the “Print Application” button on the Main Menu for proofreading purposes – very few changes are permitted after submission. Payment is due at this time as well.


C ~ Charming


 Interview Preparation Advice

1)      Research the details of the schools programs.

2)      Write down any questions or concerns you have about the school. And take notes as the interviewer answers your questions.

3)      Write down all the things you like about the school.

4)      Reassess why you are you good candidate for the school and write them down.

5)      Think about five positive things about yourself.

6)      Go over your application because anything you have on your there is fair game in the interview.

7)      For ladies you may want to bring some flats because you will be doing some walking during the tour of the school.

8)      Make sure you have a portfolio to take notes as you go on the tour of the medical school.

9)      Review potential interview questions, however do not memorize scripted answers.

10)  Relax! Getting the interview is half the battle won, all they want to do now is see your personality and make sure you’re not crazy.

How to Pack Your Bag – Item # 3

November 28, 2011


*The 4th week of every month,  1st year medical student KeAndrea Titer writes about one of the items that are essential to pack in your bag as you journey  to / through professional school.  Check out her September and October posts.*


The Journey to Medical School: How to Pack Your Bag
Item #3: Attitude of Contentment
I remember the day I got my first acceptance letter to medical school.  Others I knew had already heard back from that particular school  and I semi-patiently waited for the email alerting me that a decision had been made. I was concerned about receiving the “Second Round” of decisions for I thought surely that meant my application and acceptance had been denied. Well, Judgment Day had arrived. I opened up the email, prayed for God’s will to be done, and EAGERLY typed in my password and user name to see what decision had been made. After only reading “Congratulations!” I burst into tears. I cried like a baby for several moments. I was SOOO happy at that moment for it was as if  light from heaven had just shone on me. God had answered my prayers and I thanked Him for His goodness and mercy toward me.
It was easy to be happy in those moments; moments when I saw God’s plan for my life unfolding in front of me. The difficulty came in maintaining a spirit of contentment when it seemed as though God was not listening to my prayers. I would constantly express to God the woes I experienced during the application and waiting processes. I could very easily grumble about the tedious secondary application essays and rejection letters received. I was an ungrateful mess!  I soon became so fed up with my complaints that I decided to just be content despite the adverse situations and requirements I faced.  I packed my medical school bag with an attitude of contentment, knowing that I would need to use it daily.
I wasn’t quite sure how to truly be content; for to me contentment was synonymous to happiness. And I knew waiting to hear back from a school was not what I would consider a happy time! I searched the scriptures and found an attitude-changing verse. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:12, he has “…learned the secret of being content in any and every situation; whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” He concludes with this well-known verse found in verse 13, “I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength!” These verses helped to change my attitude about the application process. I discovered that God would give me the strength to finish those essays, wait patiently for a response from a school, deal with the rejections, and most importantly learn how to be content with my circumstances daily.
 Now as a medical student, an attitude of contentment is an item I frequently pull out of medical school bag. During this roller coaster ride called medical school, I have had plenty of high and low days. There are days when I recognize God’s hand in piecing the concepts together and allowing me to retain difficult information. Then, there are days when I am completely lost in class and can’t seem to focus enough to accomplish 30min of productive studying. Through it all, I have come to hold on to Paul’s words in Philippians 4. God continually gives me the strength daily to handle the joyous and disheartening events in my life. He can and is willing to do the same for you if you only let Him. Will you?
 May God bless and keep you, as I know He will, and grant you an attitude of contentment despite the circumstances you face.
Look out for the next item to be discussed soon. I wish you all the best 
~ KeAndrea “Kiki” Titer

The Journey to Medical School: Item #2: Vision

October 24, 2011

Hello Everyone

I hope you enjoyed and were blessed by my last post! I am currently a first year med student at Loma Linda University (raises hands in praise). My journey to medical school has been exciting, difficult, fun, stressful, and character building all at the same time. Along the way, I mentally picked up and developed tools I knew would help me be successful in medical school. Now as a medical student, I have already used these items packed away in my medical school bag. Each post I would like to share with you one item you need to pack your medical school bag with. Prayerfully, by the time you are accepted, you will already have everything you need to be successful in the next step of your journey.


I vividly recall my interview with the Loma Linda Dean of Admissions during my junior year. I had semi-prepared for the interview but assured myself I would make a good impression anyhow. I suppose I had briefly gone over in my mind possible questions he could ask, such as, “Tell me about yourself?” or “Why are you interested in our school?”

The interview began and was going well, until he asked ‘the question’, “Tell me why you want to be a doctor?” I scrambled and searched the recesses of my brain to come up with an acceptable answer. All I could say was the generic, cookie-cutter answer, “Um, I always knew medicine was for me and it is a way for me to help people.” I hoped that would fly, but… it didn’t. He came back with a follow question, “Well, why become a doctor and not another health care worker? They all help people.” I thought to myself, “That’s a good point. Now what do I say?” I was embarrassed and babbled my way through a less than adequate answer. It became clear to me that I lacked a vision. I was immediately taken back to a familiar verse found in Proverbs 29:18 which states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” I had no idea why or if God wanted me to become a physician. Worse than that, if I had made it into medical school with no vision, I would mentally and spiritually perish.

Obtaining a God-given vision is so crucial to the medical school application process I was asked on every medical school interview why I wanted to become a doctor. It wasn’t until I went canvassing after my junior did I receive my God-given vision. It became so clear to me as I ministered to physically and spiritually ill individuals through the distribution of literature; why God had called me to the profession of Medicine. I heeded the advice found in Habkkuk 2:2, which says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Immediately, I penned my vision masked as my personal statement and “ran with it,” trusting that God will make His vision for me come to fruition. This vision became the 2nd item packed in my med school bag and has been so key to my spiritual and mental sanity.

Now, as a medical student, I realize the true importance of a vision. It has been an item I constantly pull out of my medical school bag in challenging times. This vision serves as the lens through which I see past the difficulties placed before me on my medical school journey. Because God’s vision for my life has placed into focus the end result of serving Him through medicine, I can worry less about obstacles along the way. You, too, can have the same peace of mind. If you haven’t received God’s vision for your life, Do not worry J Just be purposeful in asking God for that Vision. Once you receive it, run with it; for it will give you the strength you need alon the way.. May God bless and keep you, as I know He will, and give you His vision for your life.

Look out for the next item to be discussed soon. I wish you all the best 

 ~ KeAndrea “Kiki” Titer

The Journey to Medical School: How to Pack Your Bag

September 17, 2011

Hello Everyone! I am currently a first year med student at Loma Linda University (raises hands in praise). My journey to medical school has been exciting, difficult, fun, stressful, and character building all at the same time. Along the way, I mentally picked up and developed tools I knew would help me be successful in medical school. Now as a medical student, I have already used these items packed away in my medical school bag. Each post I would like to share with you one item you need to pack your medical school bag with. Prayerfully, by the time you are accepted, you will already have everything you need to be successful in the next step of your journey.

Item #1: Trust in God (hands raised in praise again)

This item is key! It cannot be avoided, overlooked, or replaced. I vividly recall looking at my MCAT score after the first time I took it. I was devastated that my entire summer studying amounted to that disappointing score. Playing to my self-reliant attitude, I thought I could simply study and take it again next summer. As next summer rolled around, I became increasingly nervous and unsure. Thoughts such as: “What if I get the same score?, What if God is saying medicine isn’t for me?, and What if God doesn’t come through for me this time and I believe that He will? I don’t want to get played?,” all began to enter my mind. I was faced with the decision to trust God and move on or take a risk by trying to work things out on my own. I chose the former and have been blessed by God ever since. After that experience, I packed the first item in my med school bag: trust in God. After my MCAT and during my application and school selection process, I made it my goal to trust God through out it all. The waiting and guessing aspects of the process can be torturous to the one who does not trust God. I continually dipped into my med school bag and used my trust in God to provide peace throughout the process.

Now as I near my first week of testing in med school, I am again faced with the decision to trust God or to try to work things out on my on own. Honestly, I had been struggling with trusting in God up until earlier today. I had been increasingly nervous and unsure what to expect. Most of all, I had been scared of failure. Thankfully, I remembered to look in my med school bag and rediscovered the need to trust in the one who cares so deeply for me. I remembered that He who cares for me only wants the best for me. I took heart in the words written by David in Psalms 37:3, “Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday”. Remembering scriptures like these and continually asking God to help you trust Him through out it all, will be the key to making it into med school and through med school. As you start off packing your bag, begin with this foundational item. It will make it easier to pack and use other items you will need through the rest of your journey. May God bless and keep you, as I know He will.

Look out for the next item to be discussed soon. Love you guys and I wish you all the best ☺