Open Advising Hours with Shravya: Pre-med edition

Recorded Wednesday, April 7 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Shravya for a special edition of her open advising hours, where she'll do a Q&A and discuss her experiences as a pre-med student. 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 learn more about the pre-med track!

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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.
14:39@anonymous:Do u think it’ll work to pursue a nursing undergraduate degree while also pursue the pre-Med track?
15:08@anonymous:I asked because I am not sure if I wanna be a nurse practitioner or a doctor at this point.
17:47@Miguel_Angel:I'm a junior, do you know any virtual affordable summer programs that could count as an extracurricular to my college application? I once enrolled in a first-aid class, but I couldn't have been able to do anything else. Is it too late?
21:06@Miguel_Angel:Already checked the links, thank you very much! :)
21:30@anonymous:What advice do you have for those who want to get into a BS/MD program?
24:52@ariyasavla:I understand the most popular major for people who are on a pre-med track is Biology, but does that mean that this is tough major to get into at selective colleges? Is there a higher chance of getting into those colleges with a less popular science related major?
28:23@anonymous:For the person who asked about free things to do in the summer, this is a really great opportunity (although, to participate you have to identify as female since it's through Women in STEM)
28:50@stemcurious:Are virtual CPR certification programs valid? if I get a certificate where will it help?
31:00@Miguel_Angel:I was the person who asked for the stuff. Thank you very much Sofia :)
31:10@ab2004:What is a premed track actually? Is it just a list of suggested courses?
34:41@Miguel_Angel:My high school doesn't offer AP coursework, but I saw that KhanAcademy (no advertisement intended) teach some courses (some of which are AP Bio, Chem, Calc, etc.) Do you think this would still count?
36:26@anonymous:Hello! I'm currently a senior, and next year I'll be heading off to my dream college (with the help of CV I was accepted to all of the schools I applied to!). What advice would you give me?
40:50@anonymous:What advice would you give to a rising first-year pre-med student? Thank you! :)
41:07@anonymous:Is there any limit to take the MCAT to apply for Med schools? If I take it more than once, will it show on the record and make me look bad?
43:52@S.Olen:Do premed schools also medical schools, or do you go to another college once you finish premed?
45:01@Miguel_Angel:How much time you have since you finish college and when you start Medical School? Did you take a gap year? Would you recommend taking one?
47:53@anonymous:Does it affect your chances if you don't declare pre-med when you apply vs. if you do? Can you switch to pre-med if you apply undecided?
49:25@anonymous:This was super helpful! Thank you!!!!
49:28@anonymous:what classes did you take during your pre-med years?
52:04@anonymous:Can you get into a med school without a degree in science?
53:07@Miguel_Angel:I've heard that there's no such thing as a pre-med major. Is that true? Is it that the "pre-med" term stands for all the pre-requisites that you take during college to apply to Medical School? I've seen some colleges do have pre-med as a major, that's where my confusion is.
54:44@anonymous:How many months does it take to studyfor MCAT How many hours per day did u spend studying
57:37@LR:What review materials did you use to review for MCAT?
59:19@Miguel_Angel:As a pre-med, do you think there's enough time to dedicate to extracurriculars (like research or work, or even social life) while getting good grades?
61:06@Miguel_Angel:Do you think choosing a major in science will make it easier (in terms of coursework) to enter Medical School?
63:04@ab2004:They do have SAT and ACT, I believe!
63:33@stemcurious:What kind of classes for high school would be cool to take outside of what is typically offered in high schools?
66:04@Miguel_Angel:Are your classes notes enough to studying for the MCAT?
68:40@LR:Did you enroll in a review class?
70:05@anonymous:Thank you so much useful & Great info
70:21@anonymous:what med school are you attending?
71:04@Miguel_Angel:Do you get any guidance to enter Medical School from college professors?
73:17@anonymous:Congratulations & good luck !!
73:21@Cheryl:I am really torn between two schools because the one i really like has bioengineering and not biomed. Are they technically the same?
75:24@Miguel_Angel:Could you please give us an insight on what you did to get where you are right now? (I mean you already got accepted in Medical School and everything)
78:40@ab2004:Hey we’re deciding on schools together!
79:36@LR:How did you handle interviews for med school?
82:50@Ahmetalfoe:Do you recommend any good extracurriculars for high school if I want to get into Pre-Med?
84:29@Miguel_Angel:In case you didn't get it... Link 1: Link 2: Good luck :)
85:32@Miguel_Angel:Oh, and this one too: (But enroll as a women lol)
87:07@Miguel_Angel:Did you feel intimidated by the Medical School application? How did you overcome it?
89:19@anonymous:COVID has made everything hard . Hope medical schools are considerate
90:28@anonymous:Did anyone review your med school application
92:54@anonymous:Did u fill all the 15 spots ?
95:08@ab2004:Thank you!!
96:17@Miguel_Angel:Thank you very much :)
96:18@LR:Thanks. Good luck!
96:20@anonymous:Yes yes thanks interested
96:22@Miguel_Angel:Good look in your Medical School choice!


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