This face sums up my feels about top tier medical schools.
I’m a realist, and I didn’t have the grades, MCAT score, research, publications, volunteering, trips, or tragic backstory that might have made a top tier med school look at me twice. If I’d been granted and interview I might have had a shot- I’m wonderful in person- but you have to have the numbers and stats they are looking for to get an interview.
I wouldn’t change my undergrad experience for the world. I’m so grateful that I had to work two jobs at all times to support myself, that I majored in photography and experienced that world, that I had so many misadventures with boys and true adventures with friends, that I got to figure myself out a little and live some before med school.
If you are shooting for the top tiers, best of luck. It just wasn’t in my cards, and that’s ok.