“There is a will, there is a way.” If you determined to go to a medical school and pursue a medical career, you will overcome various obstacles along the way.
Nothing comes easily and we all have to work hard for everything we get, especially in this day and age when it is absolutely impossible to fight your way through the competition without putting yourself at the forefront of everything! Every aspect of life is like this today, and education is no different. Those who want to get ahead have to fight for it. There are most definitely subtle ways of doing this though, especially when it comes to winning scholarships and sponsorships for your medical school education.
Every individual has a talent, whether they know it or not. However, it is usually a question of whether or not they can afford to go rather than if they want to. Funding is a common problem because getting a medical education is so expensive, and so the majority of people are seeking an answer to their prayer through medical school scholarships or sponsorship from a large institution. Logically thinking, though, if you apply for one of the above amongst thousands of other, what are the chances of your voice being heard? If you do not want to take the risk of it being silenced, you can make things happen on your own!
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a little self-promotion. You do not have to be arrogant and conceited, nor outgoing and confident either for that matter. You just need a little ingenuity and careful thought to help get yourself noticed and make yourself stand out from the crowd. Here are just a few of the things that you can do to get your medical scholarships.
1. Build up a list of activities that you were involved in and events you have organized
The majority of medical scholarship and finding committees always look for social events and activities that you have been involved in. This is only a major issue in the United States because the rest of the world does not look as hard at accolades, instead concentrating on the academic achievement. Obviously it is the academics that make scholars, but the accolades will chow the complete person. Medical schools like to develop you into as complete a person as you can be and they like you to get involved, but if you were awarded a medical scholarship or a sponsorship then you would be representing them for that medical school. By showing yourself to be an individual who can work off his or her initiative and be socially adept then you application will be better for it! If you can also organize something yourself then that is even better.
2. Draw attention by branding yourself through your work
If you can draw attention to your work by letting committees deciding scholarships and sponsorships know where it can be found as well as letting them know that you have done the work then that will add more credibility to you application too!
3. Make a shortlist of the recommendations you could get hold of
Representatives will almost certainly want to get hold of all of your glowing recommendations so give them a choice! Do not list too many or else the representatives will get suspicious, but by offering up to five, you will get their attention. They could call on any one of them for a glowing report, and again that would make you look far better and stand out from the crowd.
4. Keep it simple and concise
This is the final but most important point. If you do not keep it simple and concise then the representatives will put it down virtually straight away. Make sure that you keep it simple and attract their attention, and the lure them in will all of your fantastic achievements, which, by the way, it is never too late to begin accumulating!
To win a medical scholarship is not easy because the intense competition. Start early and prepare for it now!