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To the new pre-med-students-to-be.

curmudgeoncurmudgeon Registered User Posts: 12,128 Senior Member
edited April 2012 in Pre-Med Topics
We are getting the annual raft of two kinds of threads

1) from current first-years:
Am I a deadman walking because of my first year GPA?

2) from the HS'ers:
Here's my pre-med schedule.

Listen to cranky old Uncle Curmudgeon, plan the work. Work the plan.

You are not the first set of kids to come through here. We've seen the same threads for years. Regardless of what your parents have told you.....you are just not that special. People have been where you are before. Lots of people. Lots of times. You don't have to re-invent the wheel. Just do what works.

Everybody has struggles. Everybody has issues transitioning. Everybody has things that don't go according to plan. Plan for that. Give yourself some headroom. Some wiggle room, through-out college but especially in your first year.

Don't over-load with too many hours or too difficult a course-load.

Don't skip a lower level class because you think it makes you look better to med schools. It doesn't. Take the lower level and ace it.

Don't over-commit to EC's. Classes come first. For a pre-med they have to come first. Before EC's, Sorry. Sucks, don't it?

Don't skip classes.

Don't get behind.

Don't get drunk and lose your car for weeks at a time...oh, wait. That was one was me..

Keep a balanced life. Eat right. Exercize. Socialize.

If a personal issue develops (death in the family, illness, depression) that renders you incapable of doing the work, recognize that. Admit it. Don't use it as an excuse to sleep in during a test or not turn in a paper. March yourself quick-time to the Dean of Students and tell somebody. There are people there who might can help. It's part of their job. Yeah. It might be tough to do, but it's a lot better than 17 hours of F.

If it's not a personal issue but a work issue.....get to the writing center, get to the prof's office hours, talk to older students who have succeeded in the class. Get there early and often. Take advantage of every modality the school makes available to you. It is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of "smarts". Even if you are doing well, take advantage of these resources. Maybe you'll do even better.

All this was to get to this point:

It is much easier to keep a high GPA than it is to pull one up. If you start with a 2.5 first semester , just calculate what it will take for you to bring that up to a 3.7 by application time. Just do the math. (Here. I'll help. 1 semester of 2.5 + 5 semesters of X divided by 6 = 3.7)

Did ya do it? See what I mean?

Start fast. Find the "pace" of college work. Then adjust.
Post edited by curmudgeon on

Replies to: To the new pre-med-students-to-be.

  • curmudgeoncurmudgeon Registered User Posts: 12,128 Senior Member
    Here's a simple GPA calculator.


    For the sake of speed , don't list the courses or grades by course, just put in the credit hours and a grade for the entire semester A, A-, etc.. Put in 17 hours of 2.5 for the first blank. Then estimate the next 5 semesters at A- and even some semesters of A. See what ya get.

    Lay a good first year down and your road is much, much easier. Good luck.
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Registered User Posts: 5,440 Senior Member
    That is the best post ever on here. Please mods, double sticky it. Maybe you can lock the premed forum to all newcomers until they read this.

    Kudos Curm.
  • curmudgeoncurmudgeon Registered User Posts: 12,128 Senior Member
    Jeez. I was up late.

    Please replace
    That was one was me..

    That one was for me.
  • ElleneastElleneast Registered User Posts: 1,244 Senior Member
    As always, well done.
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    Maybe you can lock the premed forum to all newcomers until they read this.

    If only we could, I think there would be half the number of threads started on CC!

    I'm going to sticky this for the time being, but keep an eye out for some reorganization of the stickies on this forum as they're starting to take up the whole first page.

    I'm also going to close this for the time being, stickies often lose their impact as they become long. Thoughts on this can be PMed to me for reconsideration.
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