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College is a time of self-exploration. You join clubs you had never thought of. You take classes that push your creative boundaries. As we make these choices, we may begin to think ahead with a clear image in sight of our futures. Becoming pre-med is another one of those choices. An individual adds it as a track following their concentration and it seems to be a conversation starter. The looks of bewilderment or the verbal praises stop you in your tracks: Is the pre-med journey really meant for me?

The answer is: yes! Choosing to become pre-med introduces you to a community passionate about the field and the stepping stones to get there. Thinking at the undergraduate level, my mentors and upperclassmen peers have guided me through the tough moments. The combination of organic chemistry and physics can be overwhelming. However, the resources available for students are meant to ease the process. There are others who have been in your shoes. They have seen the light at the end of the tunnel and are available for questions. The pre-med community at Brown opens itself up for questions and mentorship. You can find solace in your professors (and office hours!), classmates, and even the Sheridan Tutoring Center. These are all resources at your disposal. It’s safe to say that if one of us slays, we all slay.

If one thing is for certain, this road is not easy. The sleepless nights, the tears, and the moments of frustration can make your dreams feel so far away. But remember, this is your dream. You have taken countless biology classes and memorized the Krebs Cycle far too many times to give up. When it feels like you have hit a roadblock, give yourself time to decompress. Whether it be going to the gym (to release the pent-up stress) or writing in your bullet journal, I would set aside time that is yours. You can do with it as you please. You can read a book that has been on your list or take a well-deserved nap. This also gives you time to pick up a new hobby. If you have been meaning to learn how to crochet, this is your time to shine. These moments of peace can not be taken for granted.

With all of the twists and turns, you can get lost along the way as a pre-med student. Your learning does not end in the classroom; The applications of the material you learn in the classroom can bring you full circle. Volunteering is a great way to get your feet wet. You can volunteer at different hospitals nearby, in a variety of departments. The Brown University Shuttle facilitates this process by running to both the medical school and Rhode Island Hospital. Being present in the field as much as you can gives you the confidence to push forward.

As a pre-med student myself, I recognize and understand the nerves that come with being pre-med. Though the classes are difficult, you are more than equipped to ace them all. You have a place in your classes. You have a place in medicine. Keep shining bright!

Samantha is a junior from New York City studying Neurobiology. Apart from her work in lab, she enjoys reading, petting the neighborhood dogs, and drinking matcha lattes.