March 7, 2012 11:44 PM
Lost as a Pre-Med?
Sometimes when you say you are a pre-med, people just assume that you know exactly what you want to do and that you have already started to get involved in anything and everything. Everyone expects that you have really good grades, that you are already in research, in volunteering, in good terms with your professors etc, but its not always like that.
As a pre-med, sometimes its really hard to even figure out why, how or if you want to go to medical school. Its even hard to get started in finding the right internships and opportunities. Fortunately there are a lot of resources available to answer your questions.
One of the biggest resources is the career center! In fact, tomorrow they are holding their Pre-Health Experience Series which has two workshop/panels on Getting Summer Experience and the Gap Year. If you are interested in these two go check out the events at https://career.berkeley.edu/Info/SeriesPreMed.stm for more information! Besides this though they have awesome resources like the letter service, career counseling and mock interviews!
The second would be the various clubs on campus. There are a lot of organizations dedicated to the pre-health route and all of them are great sources of information. I know that through my experiences with AMSA I met a lot of upperclassman who helped me figure out classes, applications and internships. The clubs also are a great way to get exposure into different topics in healthcare or just different opportunities available in the community.
The third would be the peer advisors! Many of us are pre-health and have gone through exactly what you are experiencing and are more than happy to talk about our experiences! So don't be shy, feel free to ask. We are here to help.
If you are feeling lost as a pre-med, dont fear. You are not alone, and there are so many people out there who have been through the same thing who are willing to help. Just check out any of the resources or talk to a friend. My one piece of advice though, is dont feel like you have to do everything. Just do what you like, because there is no set formula for a perfect applicant. Good luck with midterms! If you have any questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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