Making The Most of Your Sophomore & Junior Pre-Med Years

by Allen Chiou Dr. David Svec, Joyce Ho, Manuel Lam, and Dr. David Iberri

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Med School Admissions.

Sophomore Year

After your freshman year, it is important to get focused. Begin weeding out some of the clubs you may have joined freshman year. Find the activities that interest you most and devote more time to them. This is the time to begin preparing for the MCAT. Buy your test prep books and follow along with your course material so that you do not have to re-learn everything when it comes time to take the MCAT.

Junior Year

Now is the time to start looking at med schools and deciding where you want to be. It is crucial to get organized your Junior year. Here are a few methods of getting organized and getting the most out of your year:

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Sophomore Year

After your freshman year, it is important to get focused. Begin weeding out some of the clubs you may have joined freshman year. Find the activities that interest you most and devote more time to them. This is the time to begin preparing for the MCAT. Buy your test prep books and follow along with your course material so that you do not have to re-learn everything when it comes time to take the MCAT.

Junior Year

Now is the time to start looking at med schools and deciding where you want to be. It is crucial to get organized your Junior year. Here are a few methods of getting organized and getting the most out of your year:

1. Set aside study time. You will be taking harder, upper division classes your junior year so it is important to set aside time to study.

2. Balance your lifestyle. In working on your application and resume, ensure that you have relevant experience and activities that you are involved in. Be able to cite specific instances of leadership activities, publications, and actions rather than vaguely listing clubs that you were not actively involved in.

3. Participate only in meaningful extracurricular activities. The things you are doing in your life should translate well into relevant information on your application.

4. Continue to meet with your advisors and discuss your career path.
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