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Is it possible to keep up hobbies in college while trying to maintain a GPA high enough to get into medical school?


Absolutely! I also encourage you to get involved. Not only is a high gpa a requirement, but they also look at what you were involved in. Join student organizations, clubs (can join a club based on your hobby!), volunteer, etc. This allows you to develop soft skills that are transferable (i.e. time management, working as a tem, etc). Nadine Samardzija

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Dennis’s Answer

Harry, sure its called balance, and sure you can do it, Just remember your priorities and keep everything well-balanced to secure your future. Personal Time Management is the key.

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Rachel’s Answer

Yes! I would say that it is super important to continue at least your most important hobbies while in medical school. I enjoy running, and that provided me with a way to stay in shape as well as a much needed healthy way to take a break from studying.

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Estelle’s Answer

Absolutely! I am an avid runner and triathlete. I am also a gynecologist. Throughout college, medical school, and residency, I was able to maintain my passion for running and exercise. You won’t be able to keep all your hobbies, but you will be able to continue doing the ones that are most important to you.

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Richard’s Answer

You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance. But if you manage your time wisely, it should not be a problem to maintain a balance and continue to pursue your outside interests.


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Angela D.’s Answer

Hi Harry! Frankly, hobbies are important for you to remain well rounded, relieve stress, and feel productive! I relied on reading for pleasure and playing cards and board games with family and friends to get through college and graduate school. Of course academics are a focus, but you also need "down time" doing activities that are meaningful (and that includes enough sleep too!). This helps to recharge your batteries, so to speak, with fresh energy to bring to your schooling and studies. Don't forget to socialize as well. Wishing you the best in your endeavors, Dr. B
P.S. My son is now finishing up his residency and he really enjoyed hiking and bike riding while in medical school....

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Erika’s Answer

Hi Harry,

of course, you should continue in your hobbies! College is actually the time in your life where you have the most time to explore new interests, assess the big questions of life and do your own thinking as an individual. Some hobbies or interests that I got into was philosophy, hiking, apologetics, and cafe-hopping!

You will never have more time in your life than college, in spite of how little time you might feel you have!

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