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What does med school look at?

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June 25, 2019 / By Darlene
Question: I am going into 9th grade and I want to be a neurosurgeon. I hope to attend Columbia, but I'm scared if I do get in, I'll do bad. I am going to a very prestigious private school in NY. I plan to do well there, join a lot of clubs, do community service, win a couple of different accolades, hoping to do well on SAT 1 & 2s, and also work on a project for the Intel Science Talent Search. But, I'm really scared if I go somewhere prestigious, I'll do bad, and med school will reject me. I know schools like Columbia don't have very helpful teachers, but..well.. Just give me your opinion on this..
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Breanne Breanne | 5 days ago
First of all, everything you mentioned isn't worth diddle to Med Schools. They don't look at High school stuff at all, or if they do its a minor thing and not a major plus or minus. What good high school stuff will do for you is get you into a good University. Even this isn't a HUGE benefit, but at the very least it will help you get into the medical school of that university (which will probably be very good). The only other major benefit of going to a good undergrad is that it gives you more opportunities to succeed and do impressive things. What matters is what you do in your undergraduate years at Columbia or another school and your MCAT. So everything you mentioned in your High School goals (P.S. take the PSAT and get a national merit scholarship), redo in college. Medical community service, work at a clinic, do research, etc.
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Breanne Originally Answered: Public school, private school, or home school for my high-school years?
No Answer is going to be a "one size fits all". I'm assuming that you have some reason for wanting something different than your current schooling situation. What are you looking for? Are you looking for freedom to pursue your own education and set a course to a specific goal? Are you unhappy with the school environment you have? What do your parents want you to do? Are they willing to make a change? If you would choose home education, are your parents willing to oversee your educational process and progress, to help you reach your goals? Actually, there are actually more options in some states. Government (Public), Private, Home Education, online cyber, charter and magnet/charter schools. Every option has pros and cons, I would suggest writing a pro/con column on a piece of paper, for each option and weigh the benefits against the drawbacks. Like most decisions, yours must be made on the basis of desired outcome, resources (money), willingness to put in effort & time and your family's needs and wants. For more information regarding home education, because the requirements vary from state to state, see HSLDA.org. They offer a short briefing of the requirements of each state & what your parents would need to do to legally home educate you. Sometimes home educators must be a little more creative to find resouces to meet wants and needs: ie: sports teams, debate teams, social opportunities (Christmas dance/Prom, etc.) However, many homeschool groups exist for just these reasons, to provide opportunities for such experiences. Community resources abound, but sometimes take effort to find. Many "homeschoolers" in PA take dual courses at local community colleges, etc., and take private lessons/classes, etc. Home education has been great for our family. We are in our 11th year of home education. It has been a wonderful journey, but, it is a path that not everyone desires, has the ability nor interest in following. Home education provides much freedom, and also much responsibility. Best wishes. Talk to you parents and examine your own heart and feelings.
Breanne Originally Answered: Public school, private school, or home school for my high-school years?
An option is doing homeschool and just sending your kids to either an extra curricular activity or a church youth type thing. That way, they could learn and have friends (: Im in high school right now and I've been on a public school my whole life. I don't think its bad at all. Yeah, there is peer pressure, decisions to make, and bad kids that bring drugs into school and kids who bully. But you can't just shelter your kids. I think it would be better to go to public school because it could teach important lessons and also gets kids ready for the REAL world. I think its all about a person's personality and how they handle situations. As long as the person makes good choices, they're fine. Let your [future] child 'live' . I hope I helped (:

Alethea Alethea
Doing good in center and prime university is a plus: nonetheless, in terms of scientific university - I'd accept as true with what the opposite participants have mentioned. It bears no real bearing. Continue to appear for the nice technique to be trained ... Medical Schools will probably be involved with university switch grades and your MCAT ranking or Medical College Admission Test. Take a appear on the necessities at the following hyperlinks ... -Best of Luck
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Tucker Tucker
You don't apply to med school after high school. You need a 4-year college degree to apply to medical school, and those are the only grades they are interested in. So go to the good high school, do as well as you can, and try to get into a good college for pre-med. You don't have to go to the same school for pre-med and medical.
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