Do Not Do Pre-Med Just Because Your Parents Told You To

Pre-med can be pretty rigorous and you need a lot of willpower to pursue it and do well in it. You do not want your reason to be that your parents told you. This is why there are hundreds of premed students in your classes but by the end of four years, you realize only a fraction of the students have stayed in premed and most of them have switched to different majors.

Medical School Is Even Harder Than Pre-Med

I remember when someone said that to me during my Junior year in undergrad I almost wanted to give up right away. I thought that there was no way that I could work any harder and that meant I was not capable of going to medical school. Just beware when people say this to you because although it is the truth, it does not mean that you will not be able to do it. An example is when you are training for a long race, you do not immediately jump into running 10+ miles. You practice and build up your resistance. Medical school is the 10+ race that you will train yourself for by slowly starting to study more initially and work your way up.

In Some Ways Medical School Can Be Easier Than Pre-Med

During my premed years, there was always something that I had to work on. All those Mastering Chemistry assignments, lab work, and extra studying for elective classes became annoying towards the end of undergrad. The nice thing about med school is that you pretty much have to focus on studying concepts that are important for the future. There usually are not a lot of assignments to do so it is nice that for once you are able to focus on one thing, studying. Although studying for hours on end can get tiresome, it is still nicer than having four or more classes of which two are not interesting to you.

What You Learn As A Pre-Med Will Be Applicable In Medical School

After a really hard exam in undergrad, senior students would always tell us do not worry what you learn in undergrad is not that important anyways so it is okay if you did not do well on a certain exam. This is only slightly true. There is a lot of stuff that may not be useful directly in med school but there is still a lot that you will use in med school that comes directly from what you learn in undergrad. For example, the way you interact with people, study skills, preparation for class and exams, the way you make decisions, and core concepts from premed classes are all things you learn that are very useful in med school.