I totally agree with this. The reason I am taking so many units is not to graduate early but get as many things out of the way as possible so I can be more committed to scientific research and ECs in the upcoming semesters. I have been setting these things in motion during my spare time and will be starting a lot next semester. My course load is going to normalize a lot after this semester.why not pursue research? You will not be able to commit to a meaningful research experience in a 19 or 21 hour semester. I promise you.
I agree. I wouldn't take genetics, organic chemistry, and physics together with other upper level science classes unless your school is really easy and grade inflation is rampant (and even then, the goal should be to actually retain the material).Or you can take a gap year to do the things you like. It's not worth it to crowd out your schedule and risk damaging your GPA for merely graduating a year early.
agreed 100%I will be delighted reading your update at the end of the next semester about how you now have a 2.0 GPA, no research and no extracurriculars.
This. I believe the saying goes: All it takes to achieve great things is a plan and not quite enough time. Still, I think it's more meaningful for the OP to rack up that time/workload in other commitments besides classes.As far as the course load, depending on your institution, it may not be so bad. In fact, my best semesters were those when I took the hardest course loads. As a result of feeling as though I won't have any time, I became very good at getting to work right away and not wasting time. In the end, I actually had more free time while taking a harder course load. If you have a procrastination streak like I did, you may find that this kind of stepping up of your load will benefit you in the long run.
That said, you have to keep a close eye on yourself and realize that it is okay to fail to reach your goal of graduating early. The worst thing that could happen is if you start to slip but are then to proud or stubborn to follow through on those contingency plans I mentioned earlier.
No, I won't be going to med school directly (in Fall 2015). I was planning to take the mcat september 2014, graduate UG may 2015 and join med school fall 2016...You want to take that courseload, and still take the MCAT on time to matriculate Fall 2015? You'd also need to make sure that you finished your undergrad classes in time to start med school. It's not going to happen. You will need to take some sort of gap year, whether it's doing TfA or something else. In that event, you'd want to take the MCAT in 2016 and matriculate in 2017, because you certainly won't be able to study for the MCAT with that schedule.
Spread it out, take an extra semester, or recognize that you're going to need time between undergrad in med school. You'll be way too burnt out to go straight through.