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Pre-med and football

BlueDevilFanBlueDevilFan Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
I got accepted to GT yesterday (I put my panned major as BME). I am wondering if anybody could shed some light on the difficulty of of being a pre-med/ engineering student. I have also been offered a scholarship for football so please take this into consideration as well. Playing football would mean I would graduate in 5 years (I would red shirt). Thanks.

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  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Registered User Posts: 16,184 Senior Member
    D. could not do her sport. She dropped it after frehsmen year. She was not in engineering and she tryed just cub sport/ However, she said, that she knew others who did the sport while pre-med, not engineering whouth. They probably ahd to drop something else.
  • JustOneDadJustOneDad Registered User Posts: 5,845 Senior Member
    Is this a duplicate thread?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,077 Forum Champion
    Premed, biomedE, and big Div I football ?? Yikes!!!

    What are your stats? Include breakdown of test scores.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,077 Forum Champion
  • JustOneDadJustOneDad Registered User Posts: 5,845 Senior Member
    Look up "Dan Doornink"
    Myron Rolle was a few years ago, too....
  • artloversplusartloversplus Registered User Posts: 8,430 Senior Member
    edited January 2015
    Any thing is possible, but the odds are against you.

    Lets ASSUME football has been in existence for ONLY 100 years, not counting the professional teams, there are only 2000 college football teams, each team has only 50 players and each player plays all four years in the school. The math is as follows

    100 x 2000 x 50 / 4 = 2.5 Million players, out of that many players, the number of students went to medical school are very few and far between.can we say 1000? if so that is .04%
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,077 Forum Champion
    edited January 2015
    ^^^
    and I imagine that not even a 1000 went on to med school.

    I know of one premed football player from my son's undergrad. He wasn't a superstar player. I think he did red-shirt. He applied to med school AFTER he graduated....no time to interview during senior year football season.

    I think GT's premed courses will be filled with superstart students. You'll be competing with the best and brightest for the A's. Likely, you wont' end up with a med-school-worthy GPA from GT....particularly with THAT major.

    If you decide to do premed, don't do engineering. The courses are tooooooo sequenced, which won't work well with a football player who needs to manipulate his schedule each fall.

    What else are you strong in? What other majors interest you, but won't be sequenced and won't be ball-busting like eng'g?

    Since you'll be red-shirting, you will have an extra year, but don't red-shirts still have to attend all the same practices and conditioning?

    I would try to lay out your entire college years' schedules using a different major.

    Take Bio and Chem classes only during spring semesters. Same with Physics. I think GT requires all students to take 2 semesters of Calc. If so, and you're strong in math (maybe having taken AP Calc) then take Calc during Fall semesters. I don't know if GT allows use of AP English credits for Frosh Comp, but if that is allowed, take advantage of that.

    It is do-able, but only attempt this with a strategy that you've run by people here or similar. You will likely make naive missteps if you try to figure this out on your own. There are a lot of minefields.

    What other subjects do you like and would be strong in? .
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Forum Champion Brown Posts: 8,225 Forum Champion
    edited January 2015
    Not just D1 football, but a team that was ranked #10 at the end of the season (and beat #8 Miss St.)

    WOWZA. I know several med students (myself included) who were D1 athletes in non major sports (i.e. not football, basketball, baseball) or who were those sports at the D3 or club level but D1 football on a team of that caliber is rare company.

    D1 athletics gets a special boost over other ECs at the med school level but this plan is scary. I would definitely agree that if pre-med is the plan don't do engineering unless it's really the only thing you can imagine doing because the less labs and more flexibility you have the better.

    The other option of course is to simply plan on a post-bacc. Get through college only concerned with football and your GPA (still avoid engineering) and then do a 2 year post-bacc/SMP. With 5 years in UG though you may not want to add more plus those post-baccs/SMPs usually don't have any aid.

    How much is GT without football?
  • texaspgtexaspg Forum Champion Pre-Med & Medical Posts: 16,684 Forum Champion
    Couple of years ago there was a star Harvard player (receiver or QB) who found out he made Rhodes scholar same day they beat Yale. He was in middle of applying to med schools.
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Forum Champion Brown Posts: 8,225 Forum Champion
    edited January 2015
    http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2010/11/30/football-feature-zavala-113010/?page=1
    http://alumni.harvard.edu/stories/exploring-possibilities

    At first I thought you were talking about this guy: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/ivy/story/2011-11-14/yale-patrick-witt-rhodes-scholar/51213758/1

    Either way, ivy league football is only 10 weeks. No conference championship game, bowls or FCS tournament. GT would be 12 games and potentially up to 15 (conference championship and then with the new playoffs could play 2 more games). Additionally, the ivies have stricter hours restrictions than any other conference (e.g. that's why the ivies don't participate in the FCS tournament, not allowed to have any practices or competitions during reading period or finals.)
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