No. 32, Pt. 2: Yale Medical Student, Julian W.'s Experience in Medical School.
Updated: Feb 27, 2022
We had the opportunity of interviewing Julian W. from Yale University about: Experience.
Julian studied Molecular Biology at Wesleyan University and then spent two years doing clinical research at MGH in Boston. Now, he is a fourth-year medical student at Yale University.
Here are some important words Julian shares:
"There is a very strong pressure to do everything and become a checkbox candidate or applicant."
"You shouldn't be spending it doing things that you don't enjoy, to appear like a better applicant, because you probably won't even appear as a better applicant."
Q: What type of work ethic would you say a medical student at Yale needs to keep their head in the game & essentially make it through medical school?
A: You have to make your own schedule for studying. No one is going to tell you what to do, so be really prepared to handle your own education.
Q: You’ll be graduating at the end of this upcoming school year. What are your plans for the future?
A: I am applying for an Internal Medicine Residency. Applications just went out to various programs that I applied to this past week, and I am getting interviews back this month. In the next couple of months, we'll be interviewing throughout the winter, and then they'll put together a rank list of the different programs and the role you will match the best in March.
Q: Do you have any final words of advice for the audience out there, as they pursue their passions?
A: Nothing that I haven't said before. I always tell everyone to do things they enjoy and are passionate about. There is a very strong pressure to do everything and become a checkbox candidate or applicant. The things that make people stand out are the things that make them unique and can speak about passionately. Having great experiences shows who you are through your experiences, rather than being sort of a generic applicant that did everything. Outside of doing well on the MCAT, doing well on your course and being a nice person is important because people will write you good letters of recommendation. It's just important to have some perspective and realize that college is pretty unique, especially this time of your life. You shouldn't be spending it doing things that you don't enjoy, to appear like a better applicant, because you probably won't even appear as a better applicant. You'll be happier, look better, and get into better schools if you do things you enjoy and are passionate about.
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