1. You realize at some point you’ll have to take three lab sciences at the same time and that means three labs per week.
  2. Your outfits for the week are centered around lab dress code: Sweatpants, hair tied, chillin’ with goggles on.
  3. You hate general chemistry. Like just really, really despise it. Or maybe it’s general physics, or general psychology. No matter what it is, the intro-level classes are a drag.
  4. Every time you think of the prospect of four years of medical school plus residency. So close, yet…actually, it’s just far away.
  5. The feeling of absolute disappointment and failure when you get anything less than an A. Your obsession with your GPA gives you twitchy-eye syndrome and extra credit seems like a magical myth only told in fairy tales.
  6. You have to set aside about three hours on the weekend to talk to your family because you neglect them so much during the week. No, I’m not ignoring you, I promise. It’s just that my schedule pretty much reads “class, study, work, study, food, study, meeting, study, study, study.”
  7. No one gives you a legitimate reason as to WHY you need physics for the MCAT. Unless I’m going to calculate the velocity at which a man falls off a building, so I can estimate how severe the broken bones will be? I’m sorry, I’m just blanking out on why else I would need it.
  8. Social life? Is that an anatomy term? Your non pre-med friends spend their free time in the evenings hanging out with friends (for actual fun, not for studying) or going to club events.
  9. The word “orgo” strikes fear into your heart and chills your blood Ever since the beginning of your freshman year, you’ve been terrified of taking orgo (organic chemistry) because you’ve heard literally nothing but horror stories.
  10. There is no such thing as a free Tuesday or Thursday. Your science classes will be five days a week- none of that MWF stuff. The concept of a free day in the middle of the week is foreign and scary.
  11. Despite it all, you wouldn’t change a thing. Maybe it’s that one lab, or maybe some really cool topic in biology class, but it puts things in perspectives and makes you realize that you wouldn’t change any of this for anything else. Pre-med life may be hard, but it’s the life for you, and you’re grateful for it all. Pre-med students that struggle together, stay together.