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Concern of school's curriculum

Discussion in 'MCAT Study Question Q&A' started by jkmuskego, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. jkmuskego

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    Allow my to provide some basic background. I will be entering into my Junior year at a school in WV (purposefully leaving out). I came to the school for a scholastic scholarship and I since my initial arrival I have been worried to the seriousness and rigor of the school. I am a traditional student, but this school is primarily of all commuters and of non-traditional students. Many of my courses seem to be of regurgitation, which has me concerned. The school is small and I wonder if the classes cater towards the "working mom," thus they seem inadequate to say the least.

    I am a pre-med student and plan to spend the next summer prepping for the MCAT. I am concerned that the school may not be (has been) sufficiently prepped me, not so much in terms of content, but rather difficulty and applied working knowledge. As of last year, no student from my school had been accepted to medical school, let alone having even taken the MCAT. I do not know of prior years, but at least of the last year it makes me wonder. As I had mentioned, the school is in WV (I am out-of-state) and I have learned that WV has a severely poor elementary education and I wonder to if this too follows into the professional programs. This summer I just finished a research internship at a larger university, where the majority of my fellow peers had a GPA ~ 4.00 and having had already taken the MCAT. None of them had a score higher then a 25. So this too has instilled fear in me, for the capacities of WV schooling system.

    Currently I am torn as of to whether or not I should transfer. Does anyone else have the same anxieties? Anyone have any advice as of to whether I simply sound overly stressed or of any ideas to better asses whether I should transfer?

    Additionally, my freshman year I had taken the series of General Chemistry, which I feel had certainly not provided me with a solid basis. Any advice of how to solidify such subject matter?
     
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  3. MD Odyssey

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    The institution you attend as an undergraduate has nearly nothing to do with the quality of education you gain in college. Your success as an academic and a scientist almost entirely depends upon you. Learn to teach yourself, because that's what graduate school, medical school, and just about every profession on earth is.

    The myth of education in the United States is that the institution you attend actually matters.
     

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