when to apply

Ruining Your 4-Year Plan: Good Reasons to Wait a Year to Apply to Medical School

Ruining Your 4-Year Plan: Good Reasons to Wait a Year to Apply to Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

The last thing you want is to waste a year of your life. Becoming a doctor already requires four years of med school and another four of residency, so unless you want to get a real paycheck before you’re 30, you’d better get a move-on. Right?

We hear this line of reasoning from lots of pre-meds, but it most often comes from parents, who know that the biological clock is ticking. In their eyes, if you want to have kids and have a life, you’d better get through medical school as soon as possible.

Quiz: Are You Ready to Apply to Medical School?

Quiz: Are You Ready to Apply to Medical School?

By: Rob Humbracht

"I'm going to apply to medical school, just to see what happens."

Toddlers are willing to try anything. Why not have cereal with orange juice instead of milk? Why not run at top speed down a flight of stairs? Why not stick toys up your nose to see how it feels?

It seems that toddlers follow a mantra - "let's just see what happens" - not from free will but because it is one of the most basic human dispositions.