Open Advising Hours with Shravya: pre-med edition

Recorded Thursday, March 18 at 10:00 PM

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Join Shravya for a special edition of open advising hours, focusing on her pre-med experiences. Shravya will be available to answer any and all questions that you have about the pre-med track specifically, or just college admissions in general.

Stop in to ask a few questions or stick around for the whole hour to get to know our newest livestream host!

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Undergrad College: Rice University '20

Work Experience: During my time at Rice, I mentored dozens of high school students through the college application process, along with editing essays and tutoring students for the ACT/SAT. I also interned at a medical technology startup, conducted research in Brazil, and gave a TEDx talk. I recently finished applying to medical school; I've been admitted to multiple schools, and will be starting in the Fall.

My Admissions Story: I remember feeling very blindsided by the admissions process and not knowing where to begin. I hope that sharing my experiences and some of the things I’ve learned along the way will help guide other students in a similar boat.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Shravya and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
7:43@cookie200:im 16 is it too early to sign up for college
8:30@anonymous:how did you know you wanted to go the premed route?
12:27@crazyblob:What classes should one take in HS if they want to get into premed
14:14@anonymous:did u apply to college as a pre med major?
16:16@crazyblob:Why did you change your mind?
17:10@ariyasavla:How many of your AP class credits transferred? Did you get to skip these classes by doing the AP test or have to redo them in college?
18:46@ashleyt:Can you please talk more about your preparation for the mcat?
21:42@anonymous:what is your favorite class?
22:26@anonymous:what scores did you get on your AP exams? does this matter for getting college class credit as long as it’s at least a 3?
25:02@crazyblob:Why did you choose rice?
26:42@anonymous:Do you recommend dual enrollment?
28:15@ariyasavla:How many classes did you take each semester/quarter in college? How did you decided when to take your required classes? (for your major and for premed requirements)
30:48@crazyblob:How many AP / Duel Enrollment classes did you take
31:29@anonymous:did u ever feel pressure from your parents/family to go the premed route?
33:18@anonymous:what are some extracurricular ideas i could do as a junior considering covid restrictions? i used to volunteer at a hospital but now i am looking for more opportunities related to premed. thanks!
35:29@anonymous:Do you need straight A's for medical school?
37:09@anonymous:what are some general requirements beyond classes that help you get into medical school
39:47@anonymous:what was ur high school gpa?
40:14@ariyasavla:How did you graduate from Rice in 3.5 years?
41:50@MohidBasha:Which is better: majoring in non-physical science (like economics, etc) and being a pre-med or to majoring in a traditional physical science as a pre-med? Does one have an advantage or disadvantage over the other?
44:20@anonymous:what specialities are you considering in med school?
45:47@crazyblob:Any tips for someone in HS who's thinking about Pursuing a premed track
46:49@anonymous:did you have to take a lot of math classes?
48:03@anonymous:after medical school, what are the next steps? could you expand on residency and any other steps?
51:26@ariyasavla:Did you apply to any BSMD schools? Do you recommend applying to a few such programs?
53:58@stemcurious:What ECs do you recommend doing during 9th grade summer?
55:20@stemcurious:Do you recommend taking a course or doing a remote research internship during 9th grade summer?
56:31@anonymous:is pharmacy school different than med school?
57:11@adaviolet:Do you recommend internships and/or science related summer programs? If so, do you have any tips on finding/applying them?
58:39@stemcurious:Do colleges consider courses certificate from Coursera or EdX?
59:50@MohidBasha:How much do pre-med/med school rankings matter for someone looking to become a doctor?
62:34@anonymous:what is your favorite thing about rice?
63:22@anonymous:do med schools provide scholarships? or is it only undergrad colleges?
63:58@stemcurious:Is HOSA club different from pre-med club?
65:08@MohidBasha:Does it hurt your application if most of your extracurriculars are not directly related to medicine? I am a junior and realize now that I may want to pursue medicine instead of my previous interest which most of my ECs have centered around.
67:03@MohidBasha:What made you choose to pursue medicine?
67:58@stemcurious:What are the pros and cons of pre-med at UCB vs UCD?
69:51@anonymous:not related to premed, but any tips in college that will help us? like networking skills?
71:39@stemcurious:Is it ok to have med research projects as your main EC, without being part of any clubs?
73:00@anonymous:thank you for this!! it was super helpful :)
73:04@MohidBasha:How do you recommend preparing as a high school student to match into difficult/competitive specialties such as neurosurgery or cardiology, etc.?
74:50@MohidBasha:Thank you!!!


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