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What can I do at my age that will help me succeed in getting into Harvard Medical school and becoming a doctor?

I'm 14, and my heart is with psychology. And getting admitted into Harvard Medical School is my BIGGEST dream. Since it is SO hard to get in, i feel like I should start doing something at this age itself to achieve my goal. can someone help? #psychology #medical #medical-education #doctor #harvardmed-school


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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Samyukta! It's great that you have this dream! I agree with previous answers, definitely maintain a strong academic record and for college applicants you need to take the SATS; they are a standardized entrance exam however some colleges/universities don't require them anymore, Harvard is actually one of them as well! I would also keep involved in my community, so volunteer and stay active, you are still young so there's much opportunity to work on your application. In addition psychology is a great major to study and if you want to go to medical school in the U.S. you first of all go to a college for four years to get a bachelor's, take prerequisites and then the MCAT which is a medical college test for admission into medical school. That being said, you can be any major actually, I was a psychology major myself! Medical schools actually like diversity so you do not only need the traditional hard science major, as long as you are passionate and hardworking any major is suitable. If you went to Harvard, you would get your bachelor's and then apply to the medical school as well but also remember your dream of going into medicine is terrific nonetheless of whichever college you may choose! If there is a counselor or a mentor who would give valuable advice and has experience in this field I would also seek their help out too! Keep working hard and staying active and your dreams will happen!

Best of luck!

*Check out the website below on Harvard SAT scores!

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/harvard-sat-act-scores-2021-applicants-not-required/

Thanks a LOT Yasemin!! I an very, very grateful for your valuable advice and encouragement!! thanks once again! Samyukta S.

You're welcome! Good luck with everything! Yasemin G.

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Rich’s Answer

While there is no single recipe or formula to achieve a goal no matter how lofty, it’s good to ‘shoot for the stars’ in less specific terms. Advice I was once given while running a long cross-country race, was to breakdown the large quest into actionable smaller milestones. See the tree down the road, focus on it now. Then after passing the tree, focus on the next item in the line of sight. In other words, in between great study and learning in school which is vital, pursue something that you can do today in your school or community as it relates to health, or whatever way to help. Volunteer to help a clinical provider and enjoy the learning. Measure an impact of an effort and learn to write about it. Eventually you will learn the science and art of healing, which can be super application essay someday.

Best wishes

Thanks, Rich! Samyukta S.

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Rebecca’s Answer

It's great that you're already trying to think about this now -- that's a great first step! Obviously grades matter, but also who you are as a person and your creativity and ability to socialize and engage with others is a factor that they do consider. Make sure to go above and beyond in extracurriculars and focus on the things that make "you, you". Harvard, and other schools, want to make sure you're well rounded and not only focused on grades.

Also, a good way to ask for advice, is to ask the people who have experienced admission into Harvard. I recommend reaching out to Alumna and asking for their advice. That way, you are able to hear real advice and connections throughout Harvard before you even begin.

Best of luck!

thankyou!! you were VERY helpful :) Samyukta S.

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Shauna’s Answer

It's so great that you're thinking about your education and career goals early! Study hard and apply yourself to all you do, but remember, grades aren't the only thing that matters. I would look at how you can be active in giving back to your community as well. Admission boards like well-rounded individuals as well, and if you can volunteer in some capacity for your ideal field, that helps to showcase your passion!

Best of luck!

Thanks for your advice, Shauna!! Samyukta S.

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