Well, it wasn't a conscious decision, I really was not pre-med as an undergrad. I did not start thinking about applying to med school until March 2003. I graduated in 1999.
I was totally non-trad the whole time. Started the degree when I was 20, finished at 26. I thought at the time I would go into teaching. Talking to some actual teachers kinda changed my mind! I'm the first in a very large extended family to graduate from college, but hopefully not the last. I have cousin that is at UT-Austin and really has her heart set on PharmD.
So here I have a Bio degree, working as an oil/gas analyst. The job is not that bad, it's just not what I want to be doing with my life. The pay is good, and the benefits are great. Hell, my boss's office is about 15-20 miles north of here and I go weeks at a time without talking to her - not that she's the devil or anything, but it is a sweet situation!
I will be 31 this summer, and 32 when I start if I get accepted this cycle. I'll be sitting for the MCAT this month while I 'm 8 months pregnant. Do I wish I hadn't done this so ass backwards? Yes, but that's just how it worked out.
I'm a non-trad with a degree in journalism. I work in television news in San Antonio directing the 5pm & 10pm news at a network affiliate. It's been tough juggling both because they are both equally demanding but I like the challenge. Hopefully it will pay off when I take the MCAT in a year.
Worked in retail banking part-time during college and in long-term investment banking as a Financial Advisor with American Express, Inc. after I graduated with my BA in Psych.
Thought I would love my job and be happy with $$$. Realized otherwise, quit in 2001 and havent regreted it once. If I get off any of the 3 waitlists that Im on, I'll be starting med school this August..
After college, I had a few different advertising jobs. Media buyer in print, television, radio and internet. I've also worked in the marketing departments of a major newspaper and I've done recruiting for the government.
Now I'm trying to get into med school. Why I left? All those jobs were fun and I had great experiences and met some good friends, but I felt I had other things to do in my life.
Worked in the electrical / electronic industry for the past 16 years, and in business for myself for the last ten. Just started taking the pre-reqs this semester (Bio 101, and 102) I have an associates degree in electronics and a lot of general education courses, but no science other than physics. Bio is really kicking my A I think I had my last Bio course about 18 years ago in tenth grade of high school, so I am not sure I will be able to pull out A's. Up until now I have had a 4.0, and now I am really discouraged. I am going to keep plugging along though.
If you do not make an A or B should you withdraw and take it again next semester? Will a C kill your shot at getting in to med. school?