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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by UCLAstudent, Sep 25, 2002.

  1. UCLAstudent

    UCLAstudent I'm a luck dragon!
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    Sep 6, 2002
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    I need advice regarding extracurricular activities. I am currently a sophomore in college. I volunteer every week at the UCLA Medical Center in the children's play area. This summer, I am going to both volunteer at and do research at Loma Linda University Medical Center. That being said, I am considering doing something this year in addition to my volunteering at the hospital. However, I am kind of hesitant... is it worth it to possibly hurt my grades a little for building up my resume?
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  2. dpark74

    dpark74 Senior Member
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    My suggestion is to not spread yourself too thin. It seems as if you have good ECs already and taking on more may adversely affect your grades. It's better to have both good grades and ECs than great ECs and worse grades as a result of those extra ECs. I wouldn't risk it...unless you are sure you can still perform at the same level as in the past.

    good luck
  3. Mutterkuchen

    Mutterkuchen Senior Member
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    Nov 28, 2001
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    I agree with dpark. Grades are more important than ECs. Do a couple that mean something to you but don't go too overboard. Make sure you are spending time to have fun too. College is a great time, and once its over, its over. Your life will change. Live it up, responsibly.

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