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How do you enjoy life as a premed?

I really hate all the restrictions I have on myself as a premed. Basically all the things I did to get into college (fancy extracurriculars, stellar grades, 20+ applications, standardized testing, etc.) I have to do again to get into med school- but with a job on top of it. And I'm majoring in Computer Science, so that's yet another set of hardcore classes to worry about. To anyone who had to do the premed grind, did you enjoy it? How did you find ways to take it easy? #college #doctor #medicine #pre-med #physician #medical-school #pre-medicine #med-school

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Stephanie’s Answer

Quick answer for this tough question: first, I set up rewards for myself. If I studied for two hours, I would let myself watch a 30-minute show, or go online to mess around, or call a friend. Basically, all leisure time stuff has to be earned by meeting specific, short-term goals. Second, I found really good study groups that helped me stay focused. We didn't necessarily have much in common outside of class, but we were all nice people with similar goals who supported each other. Third, I had a major that was related to pre-med (basically, biology). This minimized the academic pressure, for sure. If you're going to be a doctor, you don't need a computer science degree - yes, it could come in handy for non-traditional MD careers, but if you're already thinking about that, then you might want to reconsider med school. You can always keep learning computer science as a hobby, if you really enjoy it, but no need for a degree.

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Jack’s Answer

it is a long and arduous process into order to get into the professional school of your choice. I was a bio major as an undergrad and then went to dental school in NYC. I have been a dentist for 39 years and have had a really good career. It has been worth it but you have to stick it out. Just think that the payoff and enjoyment comes later.

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Maria’s Answer

Hi!

Although the hard work is worth it and pays off at the end, I would definitely suggest joining a club or organization that you are interested in. As a premed student I find that a lot of us have an exhausting schedule and never find time to do what we like or enjoy which makes sense because of the workload we have from school. However, I think that finding one or two things you like will not only help your mental health but will actually lead to improvement in your grades and college life in general. It's important to remember that we are young people and also need a social life to not only remain sane at times but also enjoy our short time in college. Overall it's all up to you - just find a balance!

Good luck!
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