As a pre-med, I did not much socialize with other pre-med folks who always asked me enough questions about where I volunteered and how I did on my exams. These kinds of fake get-to-know questions really made me sick, and it was even worse for me to see people who did not know how to be considerate to other people, listing their list of accomplishment and not knowing what it really means to compete for the good purpose. Most of my close friends were non pre-meds, and I was able to do this because I am one of those who did a bare minimum science requirement while studying other field. I did not mind studying with other pre-meds but could no longer allow myself to hang out with them and spend my break time talking about med school-related stuff. What makes me nervous about starting med school is that I will be about six-seven years older than traditional med students and that I will not spend my time hanging out with other med students. This is not to say I will not get along with them, but I want to shape my own living sphere centered around another group of friends other than med school and med school-related people at least when I don't need to be physically with med school classmates. I see how being with people doing the same thing (like getting through four years of med school) with you can be supportive, but at times I need to breathe through other type of air (if you know what I mean) How do people maintain their private life while studying in med school? How does not hanging out with other med school colleagues (but maintain all the respect while studying with them) affect my clinical years?