Sometimes I get premed questions in my inbox, which is totally cool. I figured it was easier to type them out on my laptop, and maybe it’d be better to keep them all on a blog post rather than scattered around on my ‘gram, so that’s what this is for!
Question 1: I was wondering what your thoughts are on taking the MCAT in the fall then again in the spring. I haven’t taken biochem yet (I’m taking it in the fall)
Answer 1: I don’t really see why you would plan to take the MCAT more than once… I know you CAN, but I think you should plan to take it only once. IMO if you don’t think you’re ready for it in the fall, then don’t take it. I don’t think you need to have taken all the courses before studying for MCAT, although I suppose it’d make studying easier if you took it right after biochem… The biggest suggestion I have for MCAT studying is to take tons of practice tests! And focus on your weaknesses during studying.
Question 2: My main issue right now is personal statement, I have no idea what to write. I’ve never had an “aha” moment as to why medicine I’ve just always known. So I have no idea what to write. Any help or recommendations?
Answer 2: Oh man oh man oh man. So I am NOT an expert on this in any way… I had the same issues when applying for med school, and the same issue AGAIN more recently in the past year when I had to write a personal statement for residency applications! I liked my personal statement for both, but I don’t think they were “perfect”… but then and again, I guess that’s all relative. OK so biggest advice for starting to write a personal statement is… you guessed it… start writing!!!! I brainstormed with my friends, thought about it alone, but make sure you WRITE SHIT DOWN and not just in your head. Think about specific examples that stood out to you, how they impacted you, and what they showcase about you. Role of a personal statement is to showcase 1) your interest in medicine from an MD perspective 2) your personal characteristics that make you awesome. The other thing is to give your personal statement to your friends, strangers, etc and have them critique it. This part is painful, like really really painful. GAH I actually have like minor PTSD thinking about this because it’s SO PERSONAL SO HOW CAN YOU TAKE TAKE ANY CRITIQUES SO PERSONALLY?!!!!!!! But at the end of the day, if you show it to enough people, you’ll notice that everyone has something different to say, and if there is a common theme that people keep stating, then I’d take that into consideration. I also kept revising it after every person gave me feedback which wasn’t very efficient, I’d write a draft, show it to 10 ppl, wait for all the feedback, then rewrite it. But this means you have to start it like a year in advance bc ppl take forever to get back to you. LOL.
OK hope that helped!! If you have any other premed questions, leave them as a comment here!