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  • Pareesa Masood

Guide to Extracurriculars in College

Many students apply to vigorous medical schools without an unfaithful chance in the first place. However, there are many ways to increase your chance of being accepted. Certain extracurriculars, certificates, courses, and experiences can help one become a great and well rounded candidate. If you are interested in a medical career, using the following tactics , will be able to demonstrate your passion. According to an article titled, “InGenius in Medical School Rejection: 5 Reasons Why Applicants Are Rejected, the article says, “does this student have the commitment and dedication to stay in medical school despite long hours, stressful experiences, and an intense workload?” Therefore, if you are just in this career for the money or forced by your parents, it will be harder to get accepted, considering there is nothing besides your grades proving your grit and commitment.

Extracurriculars, while important, should be done on the side, like everything else mentioned in this article, after academics.The options vary from clubs, to sports, or to the arts, but overall, any extracurricular which demonstrates accomplishment is useful. This means you do not have to have a career-related extracurricular, however it can be useful in proving your dedication to the field. Conducting research and doing projects on your own are also a viable outside of school activity to show your interest in that subject. Selective colleges will not only value participation, but any awards for well known competitions that show you are more determined than your counterparts. Any competition with a strong national presence will make you seem memorable to the admission officers. Sometimes when coming to their application, students aren’t able to remember anything they did, especially if they hopped around clubs and some were seasonal. Therefore, it is important to jot down and keep a record of all the activities that you have done. Another mistake students include is doing too many insignificant extracurriculars. While it is good to be involved, too many extracurriculars, if not focused on enough, can make it appear as if you are just doing them for the college's reassurance and not because you care. Also, extracurriculars can hinder academics if too much time is spent on them. It is important to not be a jack of all trades, but rather do very well in a few extracurriculars. You may also mention any communal impacts you have had to benefit others with your work. This shows your benevolent nature, for medical schools like charismatic people to work with future patients.

Certificates confirm your commitment to a career in medicine. Medical schools require a high school diploma as they are significantly important regardless of a career in medicine. They can open up better opportunities in all fields. Oftentimes, patterns in high school will repeat in college, which is why it is important to show that you do indeed have a high school education. For example, SAT and ACT scores can be helpful in indicating how high school students will do in college. The Manhattan Review confirms this, by saying“SAT scores and high school grade point average are more closely linked to later performance in college than high school grades by themselves”. Therefore, if admission officers see that you have not completed high school, they will question your commitment, as medical school is far more difficult and requires a lot of commitment. They may believe you are not academically fit. In addition , an undergraduate degree in a field of science for 3-4 years will prove your work ethic. . Two types of undergraduate degrees include the Associate Degree Program and the Bachelor’s Degree Program. The Associate Degree Program requires around 2 years of studying and opens up certain jobs that are not accessible with only a high school diploma. On the other hand, the Bachelor’s Degree Program requires 4 years and qualifies a student even further. .

Pre-med students will often have to take mandatory courses. Frequently listed classes that are mandatory are biology, physics, english, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physcology, genetics, and calculus. Some common mistakes students make include taking most prerequisite courses at a community college, where school officials are hesitant to admit those transfers as they know the classes are less vigorous. In addition , some pre med undergraduate students wait until after college to do it through the postbac program, which is not only expensive, but time consuming as well. Thirdly, non-science majors should plan ahead because some class requirements may not include certain science courses, but not taking those courses can be detrimental for the future, especially for the MCAT.

Some courses that are not usually required but aid with the MCAT include ethics, physcology, genetics, statistics, sociology, public health, and Latin. Doing well in humanities can show school officials that you are able to think critically and make real world connections. Humanities courses that students who want to go to medical school should take are literature, philosophy, history, anthropology, and human geology. Experiences are also valuable when applying into medical school. . Through social media or through your school, you can find opportunities to volunteer at hospitals, summer internships, and even shadowing. Getting involved in your community is important because it lets you give back to your community, gain new experiences, and become more familiar in the fields you’re interested in. Other fellowships include learning under a professor.

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