turtmd

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Hi, I am a married (no kids) non-trad 27 yrs old moved to the US when I was 19..learned English and have been working since then. I currently work for a health insurance company and I'm finishing my pre-reqs...I've had a couple of volunteering experiences, belong to the pre-med honors society at school and this fall will be taken Org I and Lab I, Bio I and Lab I and a psychology class. I registered for Phy II and Lab II, but because the physics class is in the morning this means I'd have to quit my job. I've been thinking about quitting and take the classes I have to take plus do more volunteering/research. I volunteered in my country during high school but at that time I wasn't very interested in medicine. Also, I am planning on taking the MCAT june 07 and apply around the same time. I don't know if should I wait until Spring 07 to take my physics class and try to save some money this semester and then quit or quit my job now. So far my CGPA is 3.49 and Science GPA 3.56 (this semester will go up, took 4 clases and so far all of them are As) Auuggg I'm confused!! :mad:
 

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turtmd said:
Hi, I am a married (no kids) non-trad 27 yrs old moved to the US when I was 19..learned English and have been working since then. I currently work for a health insurance company and I'm finishing my pre-reqs...I've had a couple of volunteering experiences, belong to the pre-med honors society at school and this fall will be taken Org I and Lab I, Bio I and Lab I and a psychology class. I registered for Phy II and Lab II, but because the physics class is in the morning this means I'd have to quit my job. I've been thinking about quitting and take the classes I have to take plus do more volunteering/research. I volunteered in my country during high school but at that time I wasn't very interested in medicine. Also, I am planning on taking the MCAT june 07 and apply around the same time. I don't know if should I wait until Spring 07 to take my physics class and try to save some money this semester and then quit or quit my job now. So far my CGPA is 3.49 and Science GPA 3.56 (this semester will go up, took 4 clases and so far all of them are As) Auuggg I'm confused!! :mad:

If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't quit just b/c there would be no influx of $. You're taking ochem 1 and bio 1 this fall which means that in the spring, you can take ochem 2, bio 2 and physics 2. I would even plan to take the mcat sometime in June just b/c all of the info will be fresh.
 
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Pdiddy310 said:
If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't quit just b/c there would be no influx of $. You're taking ochem 1 and bio 1 this fall which means that in the spring, you can take ochem 2, bio 2 and physics 2. I would even plan to take the mcat sometime in June just b/c all of the info will be fresh.
Thanks for your advice, I really appreciate it. I was thinking the same thing, I am not very good with physics, soo..I was thinking that if I take physics during the spring and then the MCAT I wouldn't have much trouble w/physics ;)
 
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Uncle_Tbag

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If you can afford it, quit your job and focus 100% on academics and anything that will prepare you for med school. If this means giving up a few luxuries, so be it. I would kill to be in a situation where I could do the same.

Or you may want to consider quitting your current job and getting one that provides direct patient contanct. It provides a pay-check and makes you a better applicant.
 

NoPatients

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Are you sure there are no other options? No night classes? Will work let you flex your schedule to get this class in?

If you are sure you want to be a physician, don't let your current job/career stand in the way. If you can quit and live on your spouse's income, do it. Do it now before things get more complicated with kids, bigger mortgage, etc.

I wish I had followed my own advice when I was 27. :rolleyes:
 

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Do anything tha tyou can so that you're focus almost entirely solely on your studies.

I'm 34 and gave up a pretty lucrative career for the "pleasure" of no income and high interest student loans. Ugh. That was a gut check.

But I was able to focus on my studies and keep my grades up. This is only a couple of years of your life you're talking about and the impact will be huge in determining whether you're going to be a doctor or not. Hedge your bets every way that you can.

Best of luck to you.
 
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