Perhaps that's because the sub-30 crowd is more likely to use an internet forum.
Just because you're under 30 doesn't mean you're traditional. I graduated @ 20 and have been working as a software engineer for the last 7 years. I never took chem, bio, or o-chem the first time around so I'm hardy traditional.
I understand the OP's curiosity about age. However, if you do want to ask the question you should ask it like AMCAS asks: "What is your age at time of matriculation (expected or actual)". A 29 y/o may be just applying to his/her undergrad and expecting to start med school at 35 or 36.
Current age alone doesn't determine whether one is nontraditional. Yes, age is a convenient proxy for determining a person's nontraditional status. Note recent posts where folks (rightfully) consider themselves a nontrad b/c they studied something like the fine arts as an undergrad. Most - but not all of the time - this implies that they will have to take additional classes either as an undergrad or in post-bacc to master the basic premedical coursework. This often leads to them applying to medical school at an older age. But I think you have to be careful to equate age necessarily with being a nontrad.
Consider this: I could see a child prodigy graduating with a PhD at 15 (it happens) and working in a lab somewhere for 8 years with their PhD and THEN applying to medical school at the ripe old age of 23. Does his age preclude him/her from being considered nontraditional? I don't think that is traditional in any sense of the word! This would be an example where age doesn't determine how nontraditional a person is.
Remember, the forum has a tedious sounding, almost bumbling title "Non-traditional" - Not "Older Applicants" for a reason. I think in part there has been a conscious attempt to keep it from not being inclusive solely based on age.
Good points, all. 30+ ⇒ nontraditional, but nontraditional ⇏ 30+.Just because you're under 30 doesn't mean you're traditional. I graduated @ 20 and have been working as a software engineer for the last 7 years. I never took chem, bio, or o-chem the first time around so I'm hardy traditional.
You've been a member of SDN for all of two weeks, and you have exactly three posts in the Nontrad forum (all in this thread). *That* is the reason why no one on this forum "thinks of you at all." Heck, I'm the mod of this forum, and this is the first time I've even been aware of your existence.Good points, all. 30+ ⇒ nontraditional, but nontraditional ⇏ 30+.
Still, for an old guy like me, it's interesting to see how many <30s there are.
P.S. I was not serious when I called myself an "old guy" -- I'm 47 -- but I am pretty sure many on this forum think of me in exactly those terms (assuming that "many" on this forum think of me at all). Interesting difference of perception.
Yep. Most people I've met have all assumed that I'm postbac. Actually, I'm just... err... latebac.However, most nontrads I see have all completed their undergrad education, but they are now changing careers. It is uncommon for me to see nontrads completing their undergrad coursework for the first time.