Where did you go for undergrad? I am currently a junior in hs and have been looking at so many different colleges it has left me so worried-- my end goal is surgery
I’m not going to say where I went, out of privacy concerns.
There are SO MANY schools that will be able to prepare you for med school, and help you achieve your goals.
For sure look at admission rates to med schools, but a reputable school should be able to get you there. What I would focus on right now is finding one that is a good fit for YOU. Do you want to stay local, or go far away? What extracurriculars are you passionate about? Do you want a big school, or small school? Urban, suburban, rural? Are there any school values you really care about, like social justice or faith? What about class sizes, advising, etc?
Here’s my advice:
-Look at schools that may seem to be out of your price range at face value. Research aid and scholarship opportunities at these schools. Private schools often have deep pockets, and can give you great scholarships. I was very lucky and was given scholarships that enabled me to attend a great school. Some state schools have issues with getting people into classes they need to graduate, and they can even be less affordable than private ones. Look for good 4 year graduation/student retention rates. Keep an open mind.
- Tour as many colleges as you can, and speak one-on-one with current students. They will give you the real scoop on what might not be included in the shiny brochure.
-Find somewhere that you’ll be able to easily explore classes and topics outside your major. Some of my favorite classes were in anthropology and art history, and I was able to get my BS in biology and minor in two humanities.
- Find someplace where people seem happy, and are excited to learn. Being surrounded by people who are passionate can keep you going when you’re feeling tired. My sibling was between two schools, and chose the one that he said felt like he would be surrounded by people he wanted to be friends with.
-Find someplace that takes its students concerns and well-being seriously. Do your research on safety, mental health services, title IX, etcetera.
You know yourself best, so look for somewhere that will keep you happy, motivated, and thriving.
Break a leg, you’ve got this!