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pre med/ undergrad question

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by migs54, May 6, 2002.

  1. migs54

    migs54 Junior Member

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    Hey guys/gals,

    I'm a freshman at junior college right now. Plan on transfering in january will have about 37 credits. anyway regarding EC's I will attending my last 3 years of undergrad on a football scholorship, which for anyone who knows requires a tremdous amout of time, would football be considered a EC for the purpose of applying to med school? Also, I'm lucky enough to have the luxuary to choose from roughly 40-50 schools to attend. I was wondering what schools for those who know are top notch in the field of biology which is my major. At the moment I'm seriously considering northwestern. I know duke is very good but i couldnt stand not winning a game in 3 years. Notre Dame and Stanford I heard are amazing as well but they generally dont accept junior college transfers on athletic scholorship. I should come out of my JC with a GPA around a 3.75-3.8. Thanks guys in advance for all the help.
     
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  3. migs54

    migs54 Junior Member

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    can someone please help me out. thanks
     
  4. racergirl

    racergirl Senior Member

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    I really don't know what school you should attend, but I'd say go with your gut. Just go where you think you'd be happiest. Northwestern seems like an excellent choice, but I don't know much about their Biology program.

    Playing football is indeed an EC! Unfortunately, it can't be your ONLY one, and as you say it takes up A LOT of time. Do everything you can to squeeze in other ECs which involve clinical experience. Could you volunteer, even one night a week for a couple of hours? Perhaps research projects in the summers? It'll be difficult, but it has to be done.

    That being said, it's been my experience that athletes can do VERY well in the admissions game. Playing football teaches you a lot about discipline, dedication, working smoothly with a team, etc. Be sure to make the point in your personal statement that these skills will translate well to medicine.

    It's not easy to be a college athlete and premed as well. Keeping grades up, putting in all the practice time, plus fitting in other ECs is SUPER hard work. If you can get it done though, you'll emerge as a well-rounded, interesting applicant.

    Good luck to you. You must be a GOOD football player!
     

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