A "Thank You" from a Student

*This note was sent to Francisco Castelan, Pre-Health Advisor for C2D2. It's a great example of the impact we have on our students.

Hi Francisco,

I was on the Accepted Students panel, so you already know that I got in, but I made it through my first week of medical school today, and I wanted to take a moment to thank you.

I was told by former admissions counselors, admissions directors, and others outside of the system that I shouldn't waste my time applying to medical school. They genuinely believed that non-traditional students should not be doctors, and couldn't look past my undergraduate GPA. You did. You looked at my accomplishments in my masters program. You helped me craft my personal statement and other aspects of my application that I had put together over the years with no help, and helped me move forward. Then I got an interview. Then I got in. One interview. One acceptance. But that's all I needed to be a doctor.

I wasn't the most competitive student you'll ever have. I'm not the smartest student who will ever walk into your door. But you saw that I had good reason to be a doctor, and you helped me. That was life changing for me. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for helping me. Thank you for EVERYTHING that you do for us as students. We could not do it without you, and I know I certainly couldn't have.

I live in Philadelphia now and attend the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Main Campus. It still feels surreal to say it out loud, but I'm going to be a doctor. If you ever need a Georgia Tech connection up here, I would be more than happy to make connections. I would love to host Tech students who want to come up north for their medical education. If there is anything at all that I can do to give back to the program that you're fostering on campus, please don't hesitate to let me know.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

-Shelby S.