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The Zen Valedictorian, Decreasing Your Stress without Decreasing Your Ambition

The Zen Valedictorian, Decreasing Your Stress without Decreasing Your Ambition

By: Ryan Kelly

When people hear the word ‘valedictorian,’ they might think of a hustling overachiever who participates in every possible organization or activity. Others might picture the opposite--the highly gifted coaster who gets by on nothing but his or her natural ability.

But the truth is, if you want to be a successful pre-med, you should find the happy medium between these two extremes.

Highly Recommended: Why Where You Keep Your Ketchup Can Help Get You Into Med School

Highly Recommended: Why Where You Keep Your Ketchup Can Help Get You Into Med School

By: Ryan Kelly

When pre-meds see the word “diverse,” they’re likely to consider race, gender, ethnicity, or class status. Most would never think about where their families stored the ketchup.

According to Scott Page--professor of complex systems at the University of Michigan--British people and African Americans from the South most likely kept their ketchup in the cupboard, while everyone else most likely kept it in the fridge.

Highly Recommended: The Radical Simplicity Manifesto

Highly Recommended: The Radical Simplicity Manifesto

There is so much to do to get into med school: get good grades, prepare for the MCAT, volunteer, shadow, research… the list seems infinitely long.  You would be excused for loading up your schedule with activities and classes, giving yourself very little time to do anything else.

 

But of course, you would be foolish to do so.  I want to recommend an alternative that you may not think is possible as a pre-med, something that Cal Newport calls The Radical Simplicity Manifesto.