An Honest Pre-Med Tell-All

the good, bad & ugly

Happy Monday readers!

I’ve been thinking about this topic for awhile now and I feel like there isn’t enough explanation on how it really feels to be pre-med. There’s always a different story and perspective as everyone has a unique journey, however I’m going to share what I think is most common to see as a pre-med in college that isn’t sugar-coatted. Without further ado, let’s dig into it!

The Good: Benefits

As there are many benefits and good things about being pre-med and aspiring to become a physician, I believe that there are bigger benefits than potentially getting a lot of money in the future or a “title.”  So here’s my two cents on what I believe is the true benefits of being pre-med:

  • Having a constant drive.
  • Improving your work ethic.
  • Commitment.
  • Unlimited amount of compassion.
  • Building your patience.
  • Becoming a life long learner.
  • Making life long friends.
  • Improving your critical-thinking skills.
  • Time management skills.
  • Beginning to understand what opportunities are right or wrong for you.

Although these are only a few benefits, I feel like these can definitely be expanded upon and explained through different viewpoints. Nonetheless, you have the opportunity to save and heal people as a physician which is the greatest gift of all.

The Bad: Negatives

This is one thing that I hardly read or hear from people but here’s my personal negatives on being pre-med and maybe you’ve felt or experienced the same as well:

  • Failing… a lot!
  • Falling into the comparison trap with other individuals.
  • Not having a social life. (Fear of missing out is real if you let it be)
  • Stressing out over grades.
  • Not having the time for yourself.
  • Signing up for too many extracurriculars.
  • Sacrificing hobbies.
  • Losing friends.
  • Becoming “on edge” when you let stress get the best of you.
  • Emotional breakdowns.
  • The long, long, everlasting days of studying and being on your feet.

As with anything in life, I hope to know that I’m not alone while experiencing these feelings on my journey to medicine. Times will get hard and there has been moments where I just felt like quitting and giving up for the easier options in life but I always take the time to reflect and remind myself of how far I’ve come.

The Ugly: Uncertainty 

Being pre-med there’s a lot of uncertainty that will come your way and I remember sitting at my freshmen biology camp having one of the counselors tell us that only a few of us will make it all the way to medical school. That moment sat with me for a long time because becoming a doctor has been my one and only dream ever since I was little and the harsh truth stings a bit. Of course, I still have my Plan B, C, D and E, however it’s scary to think that this journey is never promised. Life has its way of throwing a million curveballs and never have I experienced that statement more in my life than during college. Although I pretty much summed up the ugly within this paragraph, here’s the following summarized:

  • Not knowing that your future is set in stone.
  • The uncertainty of getting into medical school.
  • The fear that your application isn’t good enough.

The honest truth of being pre-med is that it’s a long journey ahead and it’s not going to be an easy ride all the way through. You’ll be pushed to your limits, told that you aren’t good enough, and fail a tremendous amount of times. Keeping these things in mind, I find it important to set yourself up with a positive network of friends, family, quotes, and anything that keeps your spirit alive. Because without these things, it’ll become difficult to get back on your feet and seize the day.

I hope you all enjoyed my true and honest thoughts on being pre-med! Let me know if you’ve ever experienced the same feelings while on your journey. 🙂

Until next time,


“Whatever you do, do with determination. You have one life to live; do your work with passion and give your best. Whether you want to be a chef, doctor, actor, or a mother, be passionate to get the best result.” – Alia Bhatt

Published by absoluteari

Hi there! My name is Arianna Freedom Lew but most people know me as Ari. I’m interested in all things that are related to travel, pre-health, fashion, and fitness. My goal through this blog is to inspire others in anyway possible and provide helpful information from all aspects of life.

3 thoughts on “An Honest Pre-Med Tell-All

  1. Great post! I remember going through a similar experience as a pre-med. I think that every aspiring medical student can agree that the worst part is having your entire future depend on an elusive acceptance letter. However, Plan B might just be the best one of all. Please check out my new blog detailing my journey from pre-med to ex-med student at
    Thank you! 🙂

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