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Pre Medicine undergraduate schools?

I want to become a doctor. Will applying to higher level schools for undergraduate school help me get in to medical school? Will I be fine going to a local college? #college #premed #med-school #medicine

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Ken’s Answer

It really does not matter where you go to school. Education, like any other business investment, should be evaluated on the basis of allowing for the greatest return on the dollar by being prudent with your spending. Starting at a community college and then going to the local state school would be a way which many have found to be successful. Getting to know yourself better and getting to know others who have gone into medicine will be very helpful for you in the long run. Here is an important video for you to watch that explains more about college choice and then I am providing some tips for you along the way, which I developed during my many years of Human Resources and College Recruiting. ## http://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=education<span style="color: rgb(103, 106, 108);"> </span>

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Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
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Richard’s Answer

There are plenty of good colleges that can provide what you need to apply to medical school. The most important things are good grades and high MCAT. Getting good grades at an elite university may be more impressive to admissions counselor than having a 4.0 at a community college.

In general if you are interested in research, you may want to look at the more elite private institutions, but if you are interested in clinical practice, a state university may offer the best value
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Estelle’s Answer

The college you choose is less important than the degree, your GPA, and your MCAT scores. Admissions committees are looking for hard working students with a well rounded background. Choose a college that is more affordable where you can succeed over prestige. Good luck!
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Linda’s Answer

Nicole - I would go to the best under grad school that you can afford and concentrate on your grades and extra curricular activities in order to have a sold application for graduate school - hope this helps!
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