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Pre Meds: 3 Ways to Improve Your Personal Statement

You’ve got a draft. You’ve been revising, editing and rewriting for weeks now. But you need to figure out how to take your personal statement to the next level. You need to be sure what you are submitting to medical schools will gain their attention (for the right reasons) and convince them to give you an interview invite and, of course, an acceptance. Grab Their Attention The personal statement for medical school is not a […]

Non-Traditional Premed Never Too Late

Non-Traditional Students: It’s Never Too Late

Sarah grew up in a poor, abusive household with her three sisters. Her mother was an unemployed, bi-polar housewife who teetered on the edge of being friendly one moment and a screaming psychopath the next. Her father was a born-again fundamentalist Christian after volunteering three tours in Vietnam. He faced bouts of alcoholism. He could barely lift his right arm due to a bullet wound suffered during the war, which made finding work difficult. To fight […]

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Premeds: How to Ace Physics

I aced physics. Not just an A. But a perfect score. I’m confident you can do the same. At the undergrad I attended for my pre-medical post-bacc it was possible to score an A+. You had to make a 100 in the course, or above (if your teacher offered any “extra” points in the grading scale). However, this pretty much required having perfect scores on all of the assignments, especially the exams. When I went […]

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The Three Worst Mistakes Pre-Medical Students Make

Being a pre-med student can be just about the worst time in the life of a young doctor. You spend four years filled with the anxiety and uncertainty of ever getting into medical school. While the rest of your friends are indulging in the freedom and wild times of college, you are tucked away in the library studying for your organic chemistry exam. When others are planning all-out senior year spring breaks, you’re busy with a prep course for the MCAT. […]

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Premeds: How to Study for General Chemistry

Getting the Perfect Score  “I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. Not everyone is smart enough to get an A in Chemistry.” How many times have you heard a variation of the above? You can replace Chemistry with any subject or activity you are attempting to master, and you’ll find the same thing: many people limit themselves in what they can accomplish. In academics we have the barrier of intelligence. The worst theory to ever come out […]

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Can an Average Student get into Medical School? Exploring the Growth Mindset

If there’s one thing premed students worry over above all else it’s whether they’re smart enough to get into medical school. For the students with 3.9 GPAs, 38+ scores on the MCAT, and solid letters of recommendations it may seem like a no brainer–maybe they won’t get into their first choice of school, but they’re getting in. But what about the rest of us? By definition, most of us are average. Most of us are going to fall […]

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Test Taking Success: 5 Tips for Overcoming Test Anxiety that Don’t Involve Studying

Megan is incredibly smart. She’s a great student. She does all of her assignments on time and aces them. She studies every night for her exams. If you ask her a question about the material she always knows the answer. You’re amazed by her intelligence. But come test day, something happens. She seems stressed. She flounders. When you say Hi to her, she mumbles a couple of words, or nervously laughs. When the exam is […]

Premed Success: The Key Mindset for Getting into Medical School

When I was a student at the University of North Carolina I attended a seminar for pre-medical undergraduates. It was hosted by one of the Organic Chemistry professors, who also doubled as the leading academic advisor for premeds. The idea of the lecture was teaching students how to excel in their more difficult courses and create a well rounded application for medical school. But it was also to prepare the students for failure. “There are over […]

Do Writers Need to go to School for Writing?

So you want to be a writer? You’ve had dreams of creating best-selling novels since you were a kid. Or being an award-winning journalist. Here’s the question. Do you need to go to college to become a successful writer? The short answer. No. Let me tell you my story. I went to the University of North Carolina and graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing. I began college with a strong interest in chemistry […]

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The Right Reason to go to College

If you ask most people who are unhappy with their jobs why they won’t return to school to pursue their dream career, you’d overwhelmingly get one answer. Money. Most people don’t believe they can afford returning to school. They’ve got a mortgage to pay, kids to take care of, a full time job they can’t live without. Or, more than likely, they’ve become accustomed to a certain financial quality of life that they aren’t willing to part […]