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Advice for incoming college freshman

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by raptridge75, Dec 20, 2006.

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  1. raptridge75

    raptridge75 Banned Banned

    Dec 20, 2006
    I am doing pre-medicine at rutgers, newark. I will need some help and hopefully this forum can help me a bit. I know that i will major in biology but what else should i do at campus to increase my chances at getting into a med school? do you join more extra curricular activities or spend more time studying for better grades? and is pre-medicine hard?
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  3. airshad8

    airshad8 5+ Year Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Stay away from this forum. It will steal your soul.
  4. CTtarheel

    CTtarheel Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2006
    I second the above advice. After that, just focus on getting decent grades first semester, and pay a visit to your pre-med advisor. You can start thinking about what volunteer/shadowing stuff you might want to do, but there's time for that later, starting off with good grades makes everything easy. Also, party, meet people and have fun. The time for all that slowly dissapears when things get more serious later on.
  5. raptridge75

    raptridge75 Banned Banned

    Dec 20, 2006
    I heard stuff about research, what's this all about and will it help?
  6. airshad8

    airshad8 5+ Year Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Depends really. Clinical is a must, research helps. If you are a biochem major not doing research will turn heads like 'aren't you interested in your major...?' but again it's not always a must.
  7. sprinkibrio

    sprinkibrio 7+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Academic physicians do research. I would recommend trying it out just to see if it is your thing. It will definitely help you for getting into top-name research schools and you might even get paid. You can find a mentor from your school, just ask around how to go about that. And don't major in biology just because everyone told you to... if you like it, fine, but you might find you like something else better down the road and majoring in something else is perfectly fine. The pro to a biology major is that it is more useful than, say, a history major in finding a job in case this pre-med stuff doesn't work out.
  8. BellyDancingDoc

    BellyDancingDoc Rump Shaker 5+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2006
  9. akademiks1989

    akademiks1989 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 3, 2006
    Only come to SDN after the semester is over or before it begins.

    Focusing on your schoolwork is your #1 priority.

    Eat healthy. You don't want to be a fat ass at your interviews.

    Volunteer if it won't compromise your grades.

    Major in whatever you want, not necesarily biology or for that matter, any other science.

    Gun it!
  10. Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper Duffman in Disguise 7+ Year Member

    What everyone else said and emphasis on the

    ...stay away from SDN for now.

    Honestly, when I first started the senester I was on here for hours a day and by the end of the first semester I hadn't posted in weeks because I didn't have enough time for it.

    Now I'm on break though, I anticipate good grades, and I can post on SDN.

    See, then you can eat your cake and have it too (it's not reversed, that's the appropriate phrase).

    Ah hell, I'll give you three more:
    1. Go to class
    2. Don't get drunk and piss in front of Dr. Pepper's doorstep (damn you!)
    3. Find some good friends

    -Dr. P.
  11. soeagerun2or

    soeagerun2or Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    Get a 4.0
    Score > 35 on the MCAT
    Volunteer at hospital
    Cure cancer

    That should do it :rolleyes:

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