Alright so I’m a 17 year old depressed senior in high school, and I’m planning to go to college to do either premed or pre-physician assistant. I’m really interested in the health field and helping people. However, my parents (Indian parents :/) really push me to go to a 6 year foreign medical school program in the Caribbean straight out of high school. I got a 26 on the ACT, and have 3.5 GPA, while taking some AP and honors classes. According to my parents a 26 on the ACT means that I’m stupid and won’t get into a U.S medical school. Tbh I didn’t study for the ACT, and I don’t like taking these standardized tests. They believe that since I got a low score on the ACT, I will also get a low score on the MCAT. I know that U.S medical schools are competitive and hard, my parents tell me that foreign medical school is lightwork compared to U.S med school and it’s faster since it’s a 6 year program. However, they tell me that the only thing I need to really study hard for is the USMLE. According to them, if I get a good score on the USMLE I will get a residency. My parents have a strong feeling that I will get weeded our and end up wasting time and money if I do undergrad premed here in the U.S all because of my high school stats (ACT). I read about foreign medical schools and I found that it’s not the best place to go, I could already tell it’s a sketchy place. I would hate to go to a foreign med school, I’m kinda immature to go to a med school straight out of high school and I won’t find any friends because they’re all foreign and most of them don’t speak English. Another reason why I don’t want to go is because I haven’t fully made up my mind if I want to be a doctor or a PA. I’m leaning towards the PA side because my parents scaring me into pushing me to go to foreign med school. The funny thing is that, my dad went to foreign med school in India and he ended up getting a residency here in the U.S but he lost it, and till this day he is still looking for a residency. My mom planning to send me to same foreign med school in Dominican Republic that she went to, she says that foreign med School is easy getting the grades, but when she took the USMLE she didn’t get a good score and she didn’t get a residency. Right now she’s a nurse. My question is if I somehow go to foreign med school out of high school, and do really good on the usmle, will I have a good chance of getting a residency?