- Jun 8, 2013
+1To be honest you have to be able to look into your past and see many challenges that you've overcome, and remember the doubt and discouragement that you felt, yet you still overcame.
It allows you to call bs when you're berating yourself or full of self doubt.
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Bolded is so important, the most important moment freshman year was when I realized how much my self-worth correlated with my grades. It's a hard thing to fight when you've been a student your whole life, but you have to fight it!1) Keep track of the moments that first inspired or motivated you to pursue a career in medicine. They help keep you grounded whenever you find yourself feeling jaded or questioning whether or not you are ___ enough (smart, well-rounded, qualified, passionate, etc).
2) Don't let your grades dictate your sense of self-worth. A lot of Pre-meds get crazy and obsess over one quarter of bad grades and convince themselves that they're not smart enough to go to med school
3) Do things that you really care about or enjoy that are unrelated to the field of Pre-Med/would serve strictly as "resume padders." Everyone and their grandma applying to med school has clinical experience or some research - what did you do that stands out from that cookie cutter mold? This also helps maintain your sanity and serve as a de-stressor/form of self-care when you're stuck in classes where a lot of people are set out to sabotage others to get the best grades
4) Take time off between school and applying to re-evaluate what it is that you want out of a future career and use that time to do things that you have never had a chance to, or to pace yourself/work on things you need to so that your application is stronger.
5) Talk to advisers or counselors, find a support group, start writing regularly about everything and anything that happens
6) Set realistic goals and expectations for yourself - if you don't have the perfect application, don't set yourself up for failure by applying to top schools and wonder if you'll ever get in. A strong sense of self-awareness, your strengths, and your weaknesses will be incredibly helpful.
ABSOLUTELY. I figured this out somehow between sophomore and junior year, possibly due to the study abroad I did that summer, but it completely changed how I approached junior and senior year and my quality of life. Much less stress, and I actually ended up doing better, when I stopped letting my grades dictate how I felt about myself.2) Don't let your grades dictate your sense of self-worth.