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The MCAT will assess one’s ability to communicate,
write, reason and apply scientific knowledge.

My Grandmother never once told me how
she feels about dying. I know she must

Find the magnitude of the vector and break it
down into its component forces. How do you —

talk to others. When Dad was a kid, he asked her
what dead people look like and she answered by

Carbon monoxide functions by inhibiting oxidative
phosphorylation, which complex involves —

strapping him in the car and driving him to the
nearest funeral home. Together they peered into

 — forms, which are perceived because humans have visual
constancy. What theorist described this ability as —

a stranger’s vacant shell. Then, they went out for
ice cream. She still loves ice cream. She hasn’t spoken in

 — a drosophila’s lifetime, while short, is lengthy
enough for experimental usage. Innovative —

days, but the nurses can coax a smile with chocolate
Häagen-Dazs. After she eats, her hands reach out and

The totality of a person’s behaviors, beliefs
and emotions are defined as personality, why —

grasp. I would catch them in my own if I were
 not here, gripping a number two pencil, all

“In purity and according to divine law
will I carry out my life and my art”

to convince a board of physicians that I have
the ability to heal and the propensity to care.

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Anneka Johnston Anneka Johnston (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine

Anneka Johnston grew up in West Michigan and attended Kenyon College, majoring in English with a special certification in creative writing, and minoring in chemistry. Continuing her lifelong commitment to avoid sunny weather, Anneka moved to Chicago following graduation, and worked in a Suboxone clinic at the height of Chicago’s opioid epidemic. She began searching for the common ground between medicine and the humanities, and became passionate about giving voice to patient experiences through narrative art. She received second place in the 2022 DeBakey Poetry Contest and third place in the 2022 William Carlos William Poetry Competition. She is currently a fourth-year student at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine and plans to pursue a career in psychiatry.