acceptance letter

[was posted 11/05/2009]


08/05/2009: Applied and paid the $75 fee.
08/21/2009: Interview invitation via e-mail
08/26/2009: Interview in the noontime for 30 minutes. Submitted FAFSA application sometime after.
09/01/2009: Got accepted albeit an expected 2-4 weeks decision.
09/09/2009: Gladly paid the $500 seat deposit fee and enrollment fee $500. All will go towards enrollment. Did loan application online for pre-approval.
10/07/2009: Went to a Ross University School of Medicine information seminar located at an upscale hotel near Newport Beach. Sometime after: completed all health requirements for VISA application. This costs money.

What brought me to Ross University was because I had already looked into other Caribbean schools. In fact, I was accepted to AUA. The biggest problem with AUA is that it does not provide Federal loans and taking out a private loan meant that I would have to make repayments on interest immediately. Also, the person who had interviewed me at AUA worked for the school’s interest to make more money by putting me into a six years program (“per my request”). Also, this medical school is not yet approved by the Board of California licensure.

Simply because I happened to know that a Ross University graduate could work at prestigious hospitals, e.g. the one at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, I am glad and honored to apply and be accepted here. There are a few who made it to big name hospitals like Mayo, Princeton, etc depending on the field of specialty the resident matched into.

While I could have waited an additional year or two to bring my overall G.P.A. up and try to get into a U.S. medical school, I thought:

Why waste any more time? School is beginning in a few months and I don’t have to wait until May to get final answers on acceptance and then wait until September the following year to start. I hear the education is really tough at Caribbean schools to weed out weaker students, but if I make it through and show my best effort, I might even prove that I could become a Chief Resident someday.


It is the loan. Because without it, I will not be able to make it through school. I’m pretty sure my financial aid counselor at Ross got fed up with me calling so many times to check up on the status. I had issues arising with my FA due to my NAME CHANGE. The counselor simply did not look into my records until late in the month when I tried to get ahold of her. And then she gave me the Award Letter at the end of the month. I then find out that my lender had changed my name on their application (not what I originally had entered) and that my counselor or the federal government must have corrected the anticipated graduation date to 2011 when it should have been 2014!

All of these little issues never bothered me before, but they worry me now because if they don’t get resolved immediately you find yourself with a delay of a week, perhaps two … and it makes a big difference of when you get your money disbursed for school.

Save some money for school!

If you are a nontraditional student like me, in which your parents cannot afford any money for your schooling, you would have to be working for one or two years. This amounts to more added years you could be raising your G.P.A.



I don’t have the feeling of Caribbean medical school stigma because I know how hard I worked to get into school. I also happened to see a picture of a fellow student from my high school in the Ross U’s brochure booklet. How interesting … 😉 As I look at other students, I feel ecstatic to be at Ross because they come from exceptional backgrounds. Some have done medical missionaries, others written and published scientific papers, and there are those like me: I have worked at a hospital, ran several businesses, volunteered at hospitals and researches, joined many nonprofit organizations and did many many hours of free work. Sometimes, you wonder why they didn’t get into a U.S. medical school instead. The answer: there was a glitch in their academic record. One that Ross Univ. is forgiving if you can prove yourself once you are given a seat.

Chances do not come around often. I read online that Caribbean schools are second chances schools. This is true in my understanding. But not everyone will get in nor make it even after they get in. I can’t help but to cherish this one word: ACCEPTANCE.




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