Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to my FAQ page! If you’re a premed student, you’re likely no stranger to the uncertainties that come with this tireless journey. Whether you’re a college student working on your premed requirements or someone considering a career change to medicine, I hope this FAQ page brings you some insight and motivation wherever you are on your premed journey.
I went back to school at 24! I never got my bachelor’s degree when I first went to college.
Fun fact: I almost didn’t go to college! I decided to go because it was the only way I could leave home at the time.
I started part-time at a community college just taking general classes with no end goal in mind. Then after two years, I transferred to a state college to pursue an associate’s in crime scene technology.
- I got my associates in crime scene technology
- Worked as a hostesss/server
- Took modeling/acting classes
- Got certified as a Corporate Flight Attendant
- Worked as a Corporate Marketing Recruiter and Sales Executive
- Day traded stocks
Yes! I worked as a server, ER scribe, and patient care technician throughout undergrad.
I also blogged and worked with brands on Instagram as a side hustle.
Yes, I failed several prerequisite classes. There were various factors that contributed to this but what I want to emphasize here is just because you failed a class or had to withdrawal, doesn’t mean you’ve ruined your chances.
What matters most is your comeback and, of course, an upward trend!
I never seriously considered other health professions for most of my premed journey EXCEPT during my master’s program.
I spent the majority of my master’s program convincing myself to apply to anesthesiology assistant (AA) programs. The money is great and the program is only 27 months… and I was TIRED of being broke and just wanted to “start my life” already.
I registered for the GRE and started my AA application but deep down I still couldn’t let go of med school.
When I started working as a cadaver dissector/teaching assistant at a medical school (shortly after graduating with my master’s), and I fell in love with a different aspect of medicine that I hadn’t experience before as a premed.
I got to do sooo many cool things while dissecting and realized how much I love learning different surgical approaches and techniques.
I thought to myself, “would I really be happy as an AA?” “Would I even be happy as a PA being first assist?
With a lot of introspection and encouragement from the professors I work with… I decided to cancel the GRE and register for the MCAT once again 🙂
- ER Scribe (1500 hours)
- Patient Care Technician (4,000 hours)
- Emergency Medicine Physician (I did this as a scribe so I can’t count this on my app since it was paid work)
- Reproductive Endocrinologist
- Primary Care Physician
- Intramural Soccer
I volunteered at a school for children with disabilities for 1 year and was a GAL (Guardian ad Litem) for 8 months.
Post-Bacc & Grad School
43 credits throughout 2 years.
It was a 10-month 30 credit program.
You might be able to get away with working part-time if you’re a stellar student but I highly don’t recommend working during an accelerated master’s program.
Master’s in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Health Studies.