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help!!! what are some ways to be active in college for a future medical school student

I'm a current freshman in college and I just recently declared my major. I'm a biology major and in the future I plan on going to medical school. I feel the need to be active in college, so it looks good on my transcript, but don't know how. #medicine #biology #doctorate-degree #college #academic-advising


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Shulin’s Answer

Hi Marnath B.,

I wasn't so sure what you mean by "active in college" and so your transcript will look good. It is important that you have a good transcript but if you do something just because you want to have a "good transcript", I will worry about you. Do you want to clarify the question so that I can help?

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Valerie’s Answer

Hi there:
I am in my first year of medical school and came right out of college. While I was at college, Penn State, I volunteered at a local hospital every Sunday for 4 hours. I only recommend this if you have good grades and are not struggling in your classes. I also got involved in research on campus for 3 years. I was a tutor in some of my classes for students that were not understanding the material (Teacher Assistant). I would speak to your medical advisor at school, but all medical schools want to see how you can be a leader, some type or research, volunteering hours, and why you wanted to go into medicine. Good luck, it is a long road but very rewarding.

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Keith’s Answer

If your school offers an office that specializes in working with pre-med or pre-health students, definitely connect with their office. It is a valuable resource to help answer this question. Look at getting shadowing opportunities for current doctors, which are valuable for your application to medical school. Contact local doctors and see if they would allow you to shadow. Consider volunteer hours as well, which are valuable for admission into medical schools. On campus, see if your school has any student organizations for students interested in a career in medicine. This is a way that you can actively participate as well.


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Ann’s Answer

Congratulations on choosing a major! I would recommend getting involved in th Biology or Science clubs on campus. Other things that can help you stand out are joining student government, taking an independent research class if it is offered, connect with your professors to see if there is an opportunity to be a teacher's assistant. Lastly, I would look at interning or volunteering at a local hospital. The most important thing will be your grades though.


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Rachel’s Answer

Do the activities you enjoy. Join a student organization or a spirit organization. These groups have access to ample volunteering opportunities. Shadow physicians in specialties you may be interested in.

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Richard’s Answer


Try to find opportunities to pursue research.

Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.

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