“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
When I was in undergrad, I had 5 good friends who also wanted to go into medical school. All 6 of us eventually got into medical school. I didn’t know any of them before I started undergrad. They were all people that I randomly met somewhere in undergrad, most of them were in my classes. Still, what are the chances?
Of course, that’s not the whole story. All 6 of us were well aware of our shared goal of getting into medical school. But we didn’t act as rivals. We didn’t see each other as competition. Instead, we kept each other up to date on medical school news and deadlines. We discussed our trials and tribulations with the MCAT. We helped each other with essays and interviews. We worked together towards our own individual but identical goals.
The fact that we all go into medical school is honestly a statistical anomaly. It was by chance that I met these 5 people. But what wasn’t chance was that we chose to motivate, encourage and support each other towards our shared goal. It wasn’t chance that we chose to remain in close contact. And I am sure all of us would agree that these relationships, in some way or another, helped us towards our goal of getting into medical school.