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taking random non-related classes vs staying on a fixed timeline??

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Ezio, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. Ezio

    Ezio cheese steaks 2+ Year Member

    is it better to take classes that are random and getting A in them or taking strict "pre-med" courses and getting A in them?

    Like I am considering signing up for a special topics in poli sci OR in mayan culture (wtf lol)

    the latter has only room for 2 people in the class so idk and the the former has 20
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  3. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun! Administrator Physician 5+ Year Member

    May 15, 2011
    you can take whatever you want whenever you want, as long as you get the pre-reqs in and do well in them.
  4. AquiVoy13


    May 10, 2013
    Like Ismet said, make sure to take the required (and perhaps a few recommended) courses. Other than that, take whatever you think is interesting. Don't take an advanced cell bio class over a poli sci class just because you think it will look 'better' to med schools. Some of my favorite classes in college where in the social sciences. Just make sure to get a decent grade!
  5. justAstudent

    justAstudent 5+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2011
    Agreed. You don't have to take science classes. I really enjoyed my composition and english classes.
  6. Blizzard18

    Blizzard18 2+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    I'd recommend taking mostly science/premed courses that will prepare you for the mcat. GPA is important but if you can't get a good score on that test then it doesn't matter. But, I'd also recommend taking a class or two that you will enjoy. I took improvisation during my sophomore year as a breath of fresh air. Just don't fall behind and balance. Balance is the key to life of a premed.
  7. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Fixed timelines are for lemmings. We all know what happens to lemmings.

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