Dr. Suhyun An, DC, MSN, NP-C, is a world-renowned Chiropractic practitioner, author, and speaker with a passion for education. Dr. An created the Dr. Suhyun An Scholarship with the goal of supporting the next generation of doctors, nurses, and medical professionals.
Medical school is undoubtedly one of the most difficult undertakings any student can engage in. It is also one of the most rewarding. Here are 3 tips to help you with your medical school endeavors.
#1 Volunteer In Your Community
Grades are very important but if you pause for a moment to think about it, every student applying to medical school knows this as well so you can expect to face a lot of competition academically. One thing a lot of colleges and universities look for in the admissions process is a well-rounded student. You can show this as well as your dedication to helping others even when you aren't being paid through volunteer work and philanthropy. The admissions committee wants to see that you care about your community.
You can find volunteer opportunities in your community with local schools, shelters, assisted living facilities, or nonprofit organizations. Another great strategy would be to contact the schools you plan to apply to and inquire about volunteer opportunities on campus.
#2 Apply For Financial Aid Early & Often
Medical school is one of the most demanding disciplines both academically and financially. In order for you to be successful, you will need to dedicate the vast majority of your time to your studies and as you advance, to clinical. Many students find it extremely difficult - if not impossible - to both excel in Med School and work a job. This is why it is so crucial for students seeking a career in medicine to begin applying for financial aid early and to continue seeking scholarship opportunities and applying to new ones frequently.
Opportunities like the Dr. Suhyun An Scholarship exist to assist students in their pursuit of a medical degree. If your schedule is busy, set aside at least one day per week to look for scholarships. If you receive a refund from your school in your undergraduate years, it is a good idea to open a savings account exclusively for your medical school aspirations and begin to fund that account. Without the stress of worrying about how you'll pay for classes each semester, you'll be able to better focus on your academics.
#3 Don't Skimp On Extracurricular Activities
Similar to volunteer work, extracurricular activities will help your application stand out. In Med School and in your career there is going to be a lot of multi-tasking and balancing required. Showing discipline and commitment to sports or clubs, especially in leadership positions will not only be extremely beneficial to you personally but also as you begin applications for schools.