Category Archives: Undergrad

Why You Shouldn’t Volunteer

Many med school applicants volunteer for the sake of volunteering. They do it to write on their CV. They do it because everyone else is doing it. They volunteer because they believe it is what they should be doing. To all the volunteers with this mentality, “You’re wasting your time.”

Learn Using What Works For You

A big change in medical school is to be surrounded by the same classmates, day in and day out, everyday for at least the next two years. Naturally, you begin to observe their studying habits. Some print out their notes and follow the lectures in class, coloring them with six

The Sorting Hat of Medical School

It’s always strange to see things from a different perspective. Especially if sitting in front of you is 1 Dean of Medicine 4 Administrative Staff 5 Medical Students 3 Faculty Members 8 Practicing Physicians 1 Dean of Science Dear Readers, I successfully infiltrated medical school’s mystery black box. I have

How to Self Study For the MCAT

Last updated November 2013. Check out my MCAT page for more articles. Can you study for the MCAT by yourself? Do you think MCAT preps course offered by Kaplan, Princeton Review (TPR), Prep101 are expensive and time consuming? If you’ve ever had doubts about them, prep courses may not be the best option for

Why You Shouldn't Join the Pre-Med Club

Premed clubs (PMC) re scams. Or that’s how I’ve always seen them. I acknowledge that they do host useful events and speakers once in a while, but to the average member they’re a bunch of con artists and here’s why. They overcharge you – During clubs sign-up they usually charge

What Extracurricular Activities Should I Do?

The typical pre-med day involves studying, getting good grades, making connections with professors, and doing amazing extracurricular activities that will somehow separate you from all the other medical school applicants. This naturally leads to the question, which extracurricular activities will increase my chances to get into medical school? You might

Waiting to get off work…

I’m sitting here, writing this post mind numbingly counting down the minutes until the end of work. I don’t know why I dislike this job so much. It pays well, it’s relatively easy and I’m in control of what I do during the day. I guess it comes down to

Should I Retake the MCAT? (A Guide to your MCAT Score)

After every year’s MCAT score release date, the question of whether one should rewrite the MCAT comes up or what can I do with this (insert number+letter here). This question is so common that several forums are dedicated to answering this question including one for Canadian Students and one for

Stressed and Worried about the MCAT

This post is dedicated to all the people who are about to write their MCAT and may be feeling the stress of needing to do well. Last summer, I was always procrastinated and distracted from studying for the MCAT. I worried that I would bomb the test and have to

On Being a Summer Research Student

Most people who want a competitive edge for getting into medical school will dabble with “research.” . As a summer student the most common feeling I had was being confused and overwhelmed. There are so many things you don’t know, so much jargon, so many techniques, so many people. For