These are 5 things you should do to get into medical school. This list was shared with me by a dear friend.
I believe in this list so much that I decided to write an article about it.
Thank you, Nikki, for sharing this list with me. Without you, I would’ve never known to do these things.
And now, I am sharing it with the world in the hopes that it can be helpful to someone else and paying it forward.
I will forever be grateful for this advice you shared.
Keep in mind that it is NOT ENOUGH to do things just to “check the box.” Do not be a cookie cutter and do things just because you think it’ll make your application “look good.” Don’t do research if you don’t like research. Not everyone does. There are plenty of medical students who have never done it. Trust me. It’s okay not to. These are simply things that I wanted to do for myself and I feel like it worked. Therefore, I am sharing it. Sign up for things that will ENRICH YOUR LIFE. Take on roles where you feel you can GROW personally and professionally. Invest in YOU. Not just your education, but also YOUR MIND. Pursue experiences that can enrich your life and enlighten you and teach you something you didn’t know before. Strive to be a better human being every day.
By investing in yourself, you are also investing in your future role as a physician. Put in the WORK. Be assertive, but not too assertive where it’s disrespectful. Recognize boundaries set by your superiors. BE SELF-AWARE. Reflect and remember that with each experience, you are investing in yourself. Do things with PURPOSE, not just to “check the box.” You will be doing yourself a disservice if you do that. Don’t waste your time. Time is something that you can’t get back.
Lastly, do you own research and search on Google. Google and YouTube were my best friends during undergrad. Do the research and put in the work to find these opportunities. For some, these opportunities will present themselves and that’s great! But for most, it doesn’t happen like that. Keep in mind that these opportunities are privileges. They are a privilege in that they are experiences in which you can GROW and LEARN how to be a better person. Not just a better physician, but a better human being. So, MAKE THINGS HAPPEN and DO THE WORK. No one is going to go out of their way to present these opportunities to you. Good luck to anyone in their pre-med journey. The road is long but you can do it. Have good intentions and hopefully, the universe will reward you.
Have questions? Feel free to enter them here! I’d be happy to help!