|It would be really nice to know what I want to do with my life right about now.
||[Apr. 23rd, 2008|10:52 pm]
The Medical Forum
I know the urge is there, but I'm not sure if I'm willing to pursue medicine. As of now, I have interests in other areas of study, but like most undergrads entering college, I'm very hesitant on my career choices/major options. I just hope that I don't waste the first 2 or 3 years of my college experience on something other than my "dream career"; I have a feeling that medicine will sneak up on me when it's too late in my college days to study it. When did you realize medicine was your calling?|
Oh yea, I forgot to mention that I am planning to volunteer at a children's hospital his summer to get a broader perspective in the 'shoes of a doctor".
2008-04-25 05:56 am (UTC)
This forum is dead and you likely won't get another response. That being said... Study what you find most fun as an undergraduate. If you want to take four years of a language, or history, or art, or whatever makes you really excited, then that is the BEST thing you can do if you want to go to medical school.
Schools love unique applicants. If you have an interesting undergrad degree, then you find that you love medicine, you can take the pre reqs in a year or two and apply as a super strong applicant.
I am a post bac, and my program is full of students who had degrees not related to medicine at all and resumers who had careers in other fields. Most of us will end up going to top 15 schools because we are mature, have life experience and aren't cookie cutter pre-meds who are just following what some adviser told them to do.
If bio (or whatever) is your passion, then study that. If not, study what you love. English? Do it! Sculpture? Go for it! Opera? Yep, someone in my program was an opera singer before premed.
If you find out that medicine is for you, it will always be there. You can't start too late, but you can burn out and become a zombie by being pre-med when you really want to be in college exploring different options.
Thanks for the information! I knew that Med School applicants had a wide variety of talents and majors. I'm definitely going to try that once I strat exploring.