Sitting in my office waiting on the next patient and I just caught myself reminiscing what 2017 will mean to me and it hit me it's going to be 10 years since I started this journey as medical student. One of my patient's son is premed & she asked me what advice I would give to an aspiring premeds. So if I had to go back in time to talk to myself here are a few things that I would say.

  1. Enjoy the process
    • When I look back I didn't realize the amount of pressure that was self induced. I remember even going back to high school not being happy about graduating because I thought “If I wasn't graduating from  medical school then it didn't matter”. That feeling even carried with me when I graduated from FSU because I knew that I wasn't at the end of the road.  
  2. Have more fun
    • I was so focused about getting into medical school that I completely didn't missed out on all the fun that you were supposed to have during your college years. Now that is not to say that I didn't have any fun but I should have had WAY more fun in tallahassee then I did. 
  3. You don't have to major in a science degree
    • I wasted my first two years in a biology major, when I knew I hated everything about animals. It wasn't till I was almost a junior sitting in Bio 2 lab with a whole bunch of dissected animals when I said enough was enough. Ended up changing it to Exercise Physiology and the rest is history
  4. Find a team early
    • When you're premed you think its nothing but survival of the fittest  & that everyone is an enemy till you get accepted to medical school. I spent so much time studying alone & it wasn't until I joined MAPS, where I even felt comfortable studying with others. Again best decision I ever made. Till this day I know that I would have not done well on that MCAT, not have gotten into med school if not for my two friends Leniesha & Arena (they'll probably get mad I just put their governments out there but that's ok) 
  5. Be persistent in finding a mentor
    • This was a tough pill to swallow because I didn't have any friends or family in the field so I just kind of went solo with the dream of becoming a doctor. Looking back I should have been MUCH more persistent on actually finding one because I could have saved myself so much time & grief. It's one of the reasons why I try & help out as much as possible because I know what that feeling is like. 

These are just a few of the many things I wished I could tell the premed me, to my attendings and medical students leave a comment on what else the premeds should look out for.