I think it's fair to say this is going to be a rant. Don't say I didn't warn you.
It's fair to say I didn't find this article myself, but the opinions are mine alone (although they reflect the opinions of others in my situation).
Please read the article linked in the title. It regards a mother's efforts to get her twin daughters into medical school.
I'm angry. I'm very angry. Admittedly, I may have been prodded a little in the direction of medical school, but my parents supported my personal wishes. I did work experience because I wanted to, and my enthusiasm after shadowing for 2 days shone to my parents. I attended the MedLink and MedSim conferences because I begged to go. Again, I couldn't be silenced afterwards.
This mother trivialises the admissions process of applying to medical school by making it all about money. Apologies if this sounds offensive, but I wonder just how much her little darlings have to offer to medical school when they eventually get there. The words 'pre-programmed' springs to mind. It sounds, from the article, that the ladies in question have been groomed to answer the questions as the admissions tutor requires, without thought to their own opinions, and it annoys me.
My recent university interviews have been painful to say the least. I got into debates so large that a JCB wouldn't have been able to help me dig my way out, yet I got a place. My opinions may have been wrong, but they were just that, opinions. My personal thoughts that I could support if challenged.
Yet I have always gained offers on all three attempts to gain entry to medical school. Even when my predicted grades were down and I shouldn't have even been interviewed, I was, and I got a place.
Maybe I've never applied to the really elitist medical schools, and my integrity and determination has shone through. I guess I'll never know.
All I can say is that I hope I never end up at medical school with these girls, least of all meet their mother. I don't think I could contain my anger.