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Structuring and Strategizing your MCAT Studying

Posted by Cole on 6/20/18 5:49 PM

Phase 1 - Introduction & Scheduling the MCAT; Tips for Timing

Introduction

Right now, you might feel that even hearing the word “MCAT” may induce a full-blown panic attack. I get it, not too long ago that word (acronym, technically speaking I guess?) was the bane of my existence. It’s an exam that requires painstaking diligence, long hours, sacrifices, relentless studying and enduring patience. In many ways, having completed that journey, I found that it also requires much more. You might be thinking right now, “Okay, enough with this article it’s stressing me out.” If you feel that way, you’re not alone. To give you some numbers (albeit, slightly dated numbers), in 2015 and 2016 over 125,000 people took the MCAT {1} (yikes). What’s even sadder than the culminative stress generated by all those anxious pre-med students is this one tragic fact – the vast majority of them were structuring their study habits entirely wrong, likely causing them to receive a lower score than what they were capable of attaining. My goal, in this series of 6 articles, is to try and help you avoid that same fate.

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Surviving the MD Admissions Process as a Student-Athlete

Posted by Cole on 6/1/18 6:12 PM

For those of us who are pre-med collegiate athletes, or those considering this route, there is one inescapable and terrifying truth: the day consists of only 24 hours. While I was playing NCAA ice hockey at Wesleyan University, 5 hours each day were devoted to athletics. Additionally, most weekends were spent traveling for games and sleeping in hotels. This wouldn’t have been an issue if the MD admissions officers didn’t expect so much on top of the normal course load. As a student-athlete, it felt like I was demanded to play my sport while also taking orgo, physics, chemistry, English, bio, labs, conducting research, tutoring, volunteering and winning a Nobel Prize all at the same time. We student-athletes spend endless hours competing on the ice, field or court, but we are also expected to compete with others as an MD applicant. At times (most times) this process seems overwhelming and impossible. You might be sitting there, right this second, thinking this process is impossible. Before I was accepted to Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, I was right there with you. Student-athletes are presented with unique challenges due to our athletic and academic demands. However, we are also uniquely positioned with an edge over other MD applicants.

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