Please pray for me, because I am studying medicine in the Dominican Republic, and I signed up to take the United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 1 on December 28. There's a lot involved here, because I'm constantly fighting feelings of unworthiness, because I didn't have enough money, a green card, a good enough interview, etc to get into a US medical school. Now, I am aiming for a residency in ophthalmology, but the average score is 235, and my practice scores are 188, which is a barely passing score, and much lower than the average U.S. med student score of 224. I don't want to be haunted by a low score for the rest of my life, because foreign grads already have a statistically lower chance of getting into residencies-even with high scores, and the residency I'm interested is competitive even for U.S. grads. I'm 28, and I've only had one job for two years. The rest of the time I've been in school. I'd like to finish strong so that I can maybe focus on having a family of my own. In addition to this, one of my brothers is getting married next year, and the other is graduating from high school. In order to be close to them and be able to attend these events, I'm applying through my school for permission to rotate in the U.S. for a two-month period. Being in the U.S. will make it more feasible to attend both events and still meet all my course requirements. It will be too expensive and too time-consuming (because of flight layovers and such) to travel to both of them from here. In order to be eligible, I have to take the test next month and pass it and submit it with my application. In order to have a chance at ophthalmology, I have to get at least the average US score to have a fighting chance as the underdog. Please pray that I am able to focus on the positives in my academic past, that I use my time wisely, that I am not waylaid by the daily grind, that I concentrate on the work at hand, that I study exactly the right material so that I can answer the questions presented to me on the day of the exam, that I remain calm and trust in the Lord's goodness and mercy and the fact that with His help I can rise out of my current situation and make a change in my circumstances starting now. I have only a short period of time to raise my score, but please pray for that miracle. I'm aiming for 248. With God all things are possible. He cares for the lily of the field; surely He cares for me, too. Thank you for taking the time to present this prayer request to the Lord on my behalf.
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