Hello, I am a rising senior in high school who is interested in pursuing a career in either engineering or medicine. What career can I make the best advancements with? Now, I know money isn't the best choice when it comes to a career but it's nice to make advancements with a preferred passion. I find salary to be just as important as passion because of the amount of student loans I would have to take for medicine alone. In my opinion, it wouldn't seem wise to earn only 180k as a pediatrician and have 300k in student loans. As a student, I am a solid B average. Not too talented when it comes to the sciences or math but I work hard. Math does not come as easily to me but when I study alone or with a tutor, I can excel. I will be taking Calculus Enriched and Robotics Engineering this senior year to see if I am fit for engineering. My school offers Research in Molecular Biology Honors. I am already recommended for it, so should I take this course to see if I am fit for medicine? I already have taken AP Biology and achieved a C+. I assume many of you will ask me to consider engineering but I have a strong reason. During the last two years, I was diagnosed with depression so I never put much emphasis into my studies. I am better now. I will be applying to colleges soon so I have some questions to ask:
1) I researched Baylor Medical School in Texas and the OOS tuition is 30k. This isn't too bad when compared to the national average. Question is, how generous is Baylor when it comes to giving merit aid to OOS residents(I live in NJ)?
2) How much does the rank of undergraduate school matter for a medical school admission? I do not qualify for any merit aid(average stats) or financial aid(income over 100k). Since I live in NJ, I have two schools in mind: Rutgers and Rowan. Obviously, Rutgers is a much better school but Rowan offers cheaper instate tuition(around 24k), whereas, Rutgers offers 30k. Is it better to just go to Rowan and save the 24k? Another university is Montclair U, which is even cheaper. What would be my chances to med school if I attended Montclair U? Both Rowan and Montclair U are not nationally ranked.
3) How can I qualify for a full scholarship or at least a half to a medical school? I know the chances are my slim. Is there a thread regarding this matter?
4) Does anyone know the average living expenses of med student, outside the tuition price alone? Some kids had taken out loans as much as 25k per year.
5) Lastly, is an MBA required to set up my own practice?
Thanks for taking your time to read this! Anything is appreciated!