These programs go by a variety of names such as early assurance, guaranteed admissions, or BS/MD programs. In summary, they allow for students to gain preliminary acceptance into medical school assuming they meet the individual program’s minimum requirements.
Now that I am safely on the other side, I can say that this process can be draining, but it can also be a time of reflection and celebration. If you are reading this now, you are already on the right track.
Starting a club in high school demonstrates initiative and leadership and helps set you apart on college applications. You also get to meet peers who have similar interests and goals as you while using your spare time to take part in an extracurricular activity you are passionate about.
The best advice I can give to incoming freshmen is to find balance. You need to balance your coursework, extracurricular involvements, and social life. Be warned; it can take months or even years to find this balance.
Working as a high school student is a valuable experience. Not only does it make you more financially independent, but it also serves as a learning experience and a good way to develop people skills.
Exploring subjects outside the classroom is a great way to demonstrate initiative to colleges and help determine what type of degree and career you could pursue. Keep reading to get some ideas on how to make the most of your summer!