Amen. If you want to come home after 5 weeks, fine. But enjoy this time. So what if it will be a little easier. Repeating 1st year would make it easier the 2nd time, but I'm not going to do it.beriberi said:Noooooo......
I think premat programs are silly--and play into the gunner mentality. In four years you will wish you had one more night at the Viennese opera, one more day hike through castles in Slovakia. You won't care about your intrinsic understanding of the Kreb'c cycle (which I still don't have) at all. About getting to know your classmates--uh, there is no chance that you won't get to know them in the next four years.
It seems to me you may really want to do the nine weeks but feel guilty. And while that it an appropriate response as a pre-med, you are no longer a pre-med. You need to start doing what is right for you and not thinking about what your "application" will look like for the rest of your life.
I agree 5 weeks is a pretty decent chunk of time, plus there is a social adjustment period that in my opinion would rather have in place at the start of school. My vote is for the Pre-Matric program.lowbudget said:I covered a lot of ground in Europe in 2 weeks before going to my Premat program, and it was both worth it. 9 weeks is a long ass time, and 5 weeks isn't bad at all in terms of spending time in Europe. The premat at my school was soooooo fun. We studied and it helped a little with first year but it's not that big of a deal academically at least.
The biggest reason to do it, I think, is to get adjusted socially to medical school. Premat gives you a low pressure environment to meet people and go out and party, etc., and get settled into your new home before school starts. It's real nice to have a social system in place. I made a crap load of friends during premat and it was so much fun that it helped with acclimating to 1st year big time!
I would do premat at my school again in a flash... ask around the people in your school whether or not it was worth it (academically and/or socially).