an average day in college for a pre-med

<p>i know this topic has been basically beaten to death but i cant find the threads for them anywhere so ill just go ahead and ask: what is it like being a pre med? I've heard so many horror stories about late night coffee runs and hundreds and hundreds of pages to read each night. Are these stories true? Is the workload insane for pre med people?</p>

<p>there is no such thing as a pre-med...get in a medical school first :rolleyes:</p>

<p>Pre med just means that you are taking the required pre-med undergraduate courses while getting your undergrad degree which can be in anything you like. So , regardless of your major, you'll need one year of biology w/lab, two years of chemisty w/lab, and one year of physics w/lab, one year of English and one semester of calculus is suggested (sometimes 2). So , if you think you can juggle all that, your pre-med years really shouldn't be that difficult. Of course you'll also want to work in volunteering with the general public, getting medical exposure/experience either through a job or shadowing, and doing any research you can . It will make for a busy undergrad, but the whole idea is that if you "love" medicine, it won't matter.</p>

<p>well im on the premed track & a sophomore this yr in college...</p>

<p>last yr i took bio and chem and it wasn't too bad, i definitely had free time and of course there were times when i pulled all-nighters, but i felt that with better time management, some of the all-nighters could have been avoided. </p>

<p>this yr, im taking orgo and physics and it will be harder since i am also doing activities, but again TIME MANAGEMENT. a lot of the horror stories are over-exagerrated.</p>

<p>Can I use the Pre-Med major for pharmacy if my college doesnt offer pre-pharm?</p>

<p>pre-med is not a major (at least at the overwhelming majority of schools...>95% of schools don't have that as a major). It is simply an advising category so you have access to an advisor who can help you with the process.</p>

<p>Look at what pharmacy schools require for entrance, take those classes and you are a pre-pharm. I don't think that many pharm schools require physics but you'd have to check.</p>

<p>Hmm I have a question for the pre-med courses in general. So most of them are indeed science so how exactly do you study for these? I understand for bio its memorization while chem,physics,math is getting the key concepts down and doing problems until your textbook runs out. Is it more to that or basically what I wrote? Also how far in advance to you people read the text before attending a lecture? My chem prof. posts his notes online ( its really pictures and diagrams imo) so that helps quite a bit. So do people overestimate the amount of stuyding required or have I said all this pre-maturely since it is my first year in college.</p>

<p>"Also how far in advance to you people read the text before attending a lecture?"</p>

<p>LOL I'd be lucky if I get to the reading at all. Last sem, for my molecular bio class, I ended up not having the time to do 3/4 of the textbook reading.</p>

<p>I'm a pre-med sophomore taking cell bio, organic chemistry, philosophy, and world history (which is an honors class). My classes start at 10 or 10:25 every day. My day usually ends at 4:30 or 5:30. What I do in that time period is go to class and lab, eat lunch, and do work-study (that's only 1 of those days). At 5:30, I eat dinner, and then I try to do 2-3 hours of one of my sciences, and whatever needs to be done for philo, history, and/or labs. Any philo, history, and/or lab work that I can't finish during the week (this usually happens when I have a test in one of my sciences), I do over the weekend. I am an active member of 2 on-campus organizations, volunteer off-campus, and do work-study about 4 hours a week. I also have plenty of time to spend socializing with friends.</p>

<p>It is definitely possible to be pre-med and still have a life. You just have to know how to manage your time. The best thing you can do is plan out your week. Set goals for yourself each night, and then as soon as you meet your goals, stop working for that night. If you keep up with your study schedule, you can do reasonable amounts of work at one time, and you'll also avoid cramming for exams (which you really can't do in college science courses).</p>

an average day in college for a pre-med


<p>It depends on where you go to school. I know students in premed track making close to 4.0 gpa's with lots of time for extracurriculars and others at schools where they work constantly just to keep their heads above water and little time for recreation.</p>