Whatever stage of the pre-med process you are at, to stay motivated in this super challenging space, you may have to learn some new skills. For a growing number of individuals, figuring out how to pursue their dream of becoming a doctor later on in life is one of them.
More and more “non-traditional” premeds are beginning to understand that in order to move on from where they are, they need to pivot from where they are in their lives and reinvent themselves are pre-medical students pursuing a career in medicine.
Much of the recent rise in “non-traditional” students in the United States can be attributed to those 25 and older.
Medical school is not just for the pre-med just out of college or fresh off a gap year. What sets pre-meds who gain admission into medical school apart from those who fail? You might guess intelligence, passion, or even dedication. Those are all smart-sounding suggestions, but that’s not what it comes down to in the end.
Studies have shown that what predicts someones success in achieving a goal is not what someone would immediately suspect – it’s mindset.
As a non-traditional student, you already know what lies ahead and what you’re up against on the road to getting into medical school. The next thing you’ll need to do is realize that if you have any “bad thoughts” and question you ability in any way to get the job done, you can change that.
How you react to challenges, obstacles, and adversity is totally up to you and in your hands.
Think of your outlook as a voice
As you set out on the journey to get into medical school and one day practice medicine, pay very close attention to how you talk to yourself in your head. Over the next few days, take notice of how you talk to yourself and the thoughts that run through you head when you’re doing something related to your pre-med dreams. Whether its studying for the MCAT or volunteering at a hospital, you need to pay very close attention to the things you tell yourself in these moments. Once you are able to nail down the dialogue in you head and control the way you talk to yourself, you’ll be well on your way to actively rework your approach to any challenges that you may face during your journey.