Hi! I’m a current senior (from Plano, TX) whose trying to decide which of the schools I’m deciding between will make me the best candidate I can be for med school.
At TAMU/UT Austin, I’ll be majoring in Public Health. At UT Dallas, I’ll be a Healthcare Studies major.
I know an online forum isn’t going to make my decision for me, but I’m having a really hard time seeing which school can prep me for med school and allow me to grow as a student and a person.
I’ve heard very good things about UTD’s premed advising (HPAC), but ultimately I know that premed advising isn’t such a big deal since they mostly just help you get the classes you need to fulfil medical school recommendations. I don’t think I need premed advising to help me get shadowing since I have that lined up at home.
Healthcare Studies is a pretty lauded major, and it requires all of the pre-med requisites. I could also take MCAT prep courses easily since I’d be close to home.
I’d be commuting home for the weekends, since I live 20 minutes from UTD. I hope to live on-campus for the week, but I’ve heard that the atmosphere there is lacklustre, and I don’t know anyone who currently goes to UTD and enjoys the social life there. I’m an extrovert, so I am pretty worried about the atmosphere at UTD.
UTD grades on a scale similar to my high school, with a lot of tiers, so I am a bit worried about that.
I enjoyed the environment here, and loved the campus. Not the biggest fan of all of the traditions, but I could get into it if I was more exposed. A bit worried about the lack of diversity here, but since I’ll be premed, I’m not that worried about it. Additionally, I found a good church close to campus!
I applied to Broad Street Society, an honors society for Public Health students. It’s pretty lauded for giving students really good opportunities for research and making connections. Additionally, A&M seems to have a lot of resources for pre-med students, what with its connections to its Health Science center.
I also enjoyed the atmosphere here (idk how I liked both A&M/UT) and the campus is okay. The social life is also very cool from what I’ve heard. I found a couple of churches near campus, but I haven’t visited them yet (and don’t think I’ll get the chance to).
I’ve heard the classes are pretty hard, but the UT Austin experience apparently really makes a student ready for med-school. UT is also a very recognised competitive school, and I’ve heard that that allows for some leeway in your GPA. With the size of the campus, I’m also not worried about being able to find a couple awesome organisations to involve myself in.
I know the classes would be huge, and I’ve heard it’s pretty hard to make connections with professors.