Random Questions

<p>1) I applied for a double in North Campus, but am I allowed to switch to a single if I dont get the residence buildings I want (cbk/mews)?</p>

<p>2) For those that did PSP: I realized that I cant pack my printer obviously since Im only allowed 2 bags on the bus to Cornell. So what are my options of printing my assignments in West Campus this summer? Or will I need to print...?</p>

<p>3) Im a biology major who is stuck between PreMed and a career in Marine Sciences (You can probably tell from my username). For my program of study in the biological sciences, I am most likely to pick Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with specialization in Marine Biology. I was wondering if a career in Marine Biology was profitable because my marine sci teacher in high school told me it was not, which is the main reason why I am probably not continuing my passion. Also, if I decide to concentrate on PreMed instead of Marine Bio although I already chosen to specialize in Marine Sci and taken some of those classes, will it look bad when I apply to Med Schools because Im split?</p>

<li><p>I don't think you'll be able to switch. You could try the housing office, but there are probably a lot of requests from students who didn't get exactly what they wanted.</p></li>
<li><p>I didn't do PSP, but if you're staying in Becker/Cook/Bethe, they all have small computer labs with printers that you can use for $0.10 a page. Alternatively, you can walk up the slope and print at the library. Having your own printer is convenient, but not absolutely necessary.</p></li>
<li><p>IMO, Marine biology classes would actually make you a more unique applicant. You can major in anything and be a premedical student. If you really like marine bio, I would strongly suggest sticking with it. I'm assuming you're talking about a biology major with a "Ecology and Evolutionary Biology" cocentration.</p></li>

<p>For medical school you will need to take:
1) 2 Semesters Bio
2) 2 Semesters Chem
3) 2 Semesters of Organic Chem with lab course (CHEM 357/358/251)
4.) 2 Semesters of English/writing
5.) 2 semesters of physics</p>

<p>All of these requirements would be met by the biology with"Ecology and Evolutionary Biology" concentrations. All the science courses are required for the major, and the writing is required for everyone.</p>

<p>There might be a more specific marine biology program...but I'm just not aware of it, and even then, I'd be surprised if most premedical courses weren't part of the major.</p>

<p>You could change your housing, but I wouldn't wait until Aug/Sep. Call housing directly, I did that for my daughter last year and they were able to switch right over the phone (I think it depends if you get someone on the phone that's in a good mood). It's easier to switch to single than to double.</p>

<p>Major in Marine Bio, but take the classes neccesary for medical school as well. I was looking through the Cornell course catalog, they have a lot of marine bio classes where you go to the Shoals Marine Lab (jointly owned by Cornell and the University of New Hampshire) and do hands on work. Take those - and you'll see if you REALLY love doing marine bio. You take the MCAT after junior year - by then you should have taken enough marine bio hands on courses to know if you really want to spend the rest of your life doing it. If you love it enough that you'd be willing to make less money to do it, then go for it. If not, take the MCAT and apply to med school.</p>

<p>I vote for marine bio though...if you'd be happier doing that, then what's money have to do with it?</p>

<p>Yup, Ive already planned on doing Shoals next summer prob
and everything revolves around money =D</p>

<p>Look at it this way: If you are serious about your studies and can stand out as a marine bio researcher, professors get paid pretty well. Even at a place like Delaware or UNH, a starting professor's salary is is the $70k range, and the cost of living isn't like it is on Long Island. It's really just the NYC-DC-Boston corridor that is obsessed about money.</p>

<p>You will know by the time you are a senior whether or not you can try to cut it in the research world, else go the MD route.</p>

<p>Okay, so specializing in marine sci for the ecol and evol bio program wouldnt make a negative impact then when I apply to Med Schools?</p>

<p>Because I had the idea that most Med Schools wanted a "traditional" student that picked the Biochem program or the Molceular/Cell Bio Program</p>

<p>No way. Med schools take students who study anything...as long as they've taken the required pre-med course work. While achievement in the sciences is very important, med schools like to see students who are well rounded in the humanities as well.</p>

<p>^ Really?</p>

<p>Cause I'm loading up on science courses...I actually LOVE science, not doing it because of medical school...and I hate humanities.</p>

<p>Medical schools like you to be well-rounded. Yes. You will have to interact with non-science types.</p>

<p>PhD programs? Less so.</p>

<p>Med schools like to see humanities courses because medicine is intrinsically multidisciplinary. Every med school usually have some sort of longitudinal Physician, Patient, and Society course to go along with their biochem/genetics/anatomy courses to explore the psychosocial aspect of disease and healthcare. Hence, they appreciate English, anthropology, psychology, nutrition, etc. courses.</p>

Cause I'm loading up on science courses...I actually LOVE science, not doing it because of medical school...and I hate humanities


<p>Yeah....you need to work on that, especially if you're pursuing medicine. Take some nutrition courses...I recommend NS 441. It's taught by an MD and she gives wonderful insight into the relationship of the patient/doctor. I also recommend DSOC 220 Sociology of Health and Ethnic Minorities.</p>

<p>Dewdrops...those two classes actually sound great. I love nutrition and health classes. I took an Art History and a American Government class freshman year, you think those along with the NS 441 and the DSOC 220 will be enough?</p>

<p>I guess "humanities" isn't quite clear to me. What "type" of classes is that?</p>

<p>I consider humanities courses to be those that don't deal with the hard and natural sciences examples are history, sociology, philosophy, classics...just to name a few, broad categories.</p>

<p>The courses you have are fine...but it might be good to have more. NS 441 does have some pre-reqs...so make sure you get those out of the way if you want to take it.</p>

<p>Hmm....well I hate history. I hate philosophy...gah...I'm just not a humanities person, ya know? Why is that so important to being a doctor...I'm compassionate and have a human side...I'm not some science nerd...I just hate humanities type classes..</p>

<p>So take social science courses. Or volunteer in the community.</p>

Hmm....well I hate history. I hate philosophy...gah...I'm just not a humanities person, ya know? Why is that so important to being a doctor...I'm compassionate and have a human side...I'm not some science nerd...I just hate humanities type classes..


<p>That's what I said to the pre-med advisor when I got to Cornell. She had no sympathy for me. If you look at the admissions requirements for any medical school in the US they will say in one way or another that they would prefer to see applicants who have taken a variety of humanities/social science courses. </p>

<p>They're not as bad as you think and more often than not, are a welcome boost for your GPA. As a pre-med student at Cornell, any boost you can get is good.</p>

<p>Volunteering/medical experience are good, but those are becoming a sort of separate and "unwritten" requirement for med school. I gave you some suggestions for humanities/social science courses...talk with your advisor or other pre-meds for their recommendations.</p>

<p>There are so many humanities and social sciences that I find it hard to believe that someone doesn't like a single one. Med schools have no preference as to what humanities/social science courses you take (although they like English). They want to see that you are proficient in your discussion, writing, and reading skills which are largely absent in science courses.</p>

<p>The writing and communication skills of the engineerings in my freshman writing seminar were painful. They always complained about having to take the course, but the improvement in their writing was like night and day.</p>

<p>The great opportunity of college is that it allows you to be well rounded even while pursuing a particular course of study. </p>

<p>Thanks to Cornell, I know how to ballroom dance, kick box, kayak, play squash, portage a canoe, write music and movie reviews for a popular audience, and survive in the woods for three days without any food. Not to mention, I am well-versed in Dickens and Woolf, the history of American foreign policy, human evolution and insect behavior, and Asian religions. Oh, and I watched quite a bit of foreign film at the excellent Cornell Cinema.</p>

<p>You would be surprised at how important all these things are at dinner parties. Just the other day I was chatting with people about the social behavior of honey bees.</p>

<p>That's not too shabby for an ILRie with an interest in labor market policy.</p>

<p>just to respond to the original post...i wouldnt assume you want CKB or Mews or any dorm. I knew people who were miserable in Mews and loved the low rises...its pretty much all who you live with and the dynamic of your hall. so i would say you should just take whatever assignment you get and then forget about it until the fall.</p>