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,

Ari

“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

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  1. Confessions of an ex-Medical Student

    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 https://confessionsofanexmedicalstudent.wordpress.com
    Thank you! 🙂

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