Pre-med

Book Shopping

Hi everyone!

I just finished buying my books for the semester. Can anyone please tell me why they’re so expensive?! I ended up buying one and renting the rest, and I ended up saving about $140. It’s a good amount of savings, but when the total is still over $200, it makes you want to go cry on a corner.

Anyway, good luck to all going back to school Monday! Let’s hope we survive this semester!

Love,

Andrea.

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Pre-med

Life Is a Rollercoaster

Hi everyone!

First of all, I’m terribly sorry for taking so long to write another post. I’ve been extremely sick for the past few weeks and the only thing I’ve been able to do is stay in bed and be miserable. I’m feeling slightly better after going to the doctor, so I hope I’ll be around more often.

School starts on the 25th! I’m not ready for summer to be over yet! I’ll be re-taking O-Chem as well as taking Intro to Neuroscience, Drugs and Behavior (psych class), and Statistics in Psychology. I’m not extremely worried about the neuro and psych classes; they come fairly easily to me, but I’m terrified of O-Chem. It’s not really that hard of a subject, it just requires a lot of time and practice, which I KNOW I didn’t do enough of the first time around, even though I dedicated around 4-5 hours daily to it. I guess it just takes me a little longer to understand concepts completely. I’m actually going against my advisor’s wishes and re-taking it; he told me it’s best not to re-take a class unless you absolutely have to (and you can get an A). I’m not sure if I can get an A, but I’m going to aim for an A-. I’m re-taking it from the same professor, so at least I know what to expect. I just have to come up with a better way to study the material.

As you all know, I want planning on taking the MCAT in May and applying to medical school in June of next year. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I am pushing back my MCAT and medical school application. I have yet to speak to my advisor about it, but when I do, I will let you all know when I will be taking the MCAT. I still plan on graduating on Spring 2016, so I will probably be applying June 2016. If I get accepted, I’ll use the year before medical school to do some research and volunteer. I’m a little discouraged that I have to take even longer than I wanted to, but I’m also relieved; I’ll have more time to finish all my classes and study for the MCAT. At this time I’m afraid I can’t share the reason why I’m postponing it an extra year, but if you wait a few weeks you will find out. 🙂

It’s all about the journey. Sometimes we just have to take a step back and realize it’s okay to slow down. It doesn’t matter how long it takes me, I will get there one day.

Wish me luck!

Andrea.