As pre-meds, we are trying to do so much that we don't want to answer so much.

After my last article about Being a Pre-Med Student, I thought I'd follow up with this one. Being a college student is not as easy as we think it is at least for me. When I started college, I thought it would be fun all the time. Although at times society makes us think that college is supposed to be that time of our lives where we have the most fun and find ourselves (which can be true), but it comes with a level of stress that sometimes we can't seem to bear.

Now us pre-med students, we have an extra load that we are carrying. In everything we do we have to be mindful of because that can affect our medical school application. We not only have to worry about our GPA, we have to make time to do all the things that medical schools want to see us do (to learn more about the pre-med path click here).

So, on behalf of every pre-med student (I think it's safe to say every) I will kindly ask you not to ask the following questions. I asked my pre-med friends for some help with the questions they also hate getting ask.

Here is what we came up with:

1. What is your GPA?

I mean it should be obvious not to ask any college student that, but some people just don't get it.

2. When will you graduate?

Again this goes for any college student not just pre-med students. Life happens!!!! Meaning not all students take four years in college to graduate. Sometimes you might be asking with the right intention, but if the student is not where s/he wants to be, asking is not the best thing. Simply don't ask because sometimes we are just trying to figure life out. A reminder that we are not typically a four year student, simply adds more pressure than what we already have. You have no idea what someone might be going through.

3. What will you do after graduation?

I think the goal of every college student is to actually work after they graduate. As a pre-med student, the ultimate goal is to go to medical school, but it is never guaranteed that we will go to med-school right after graduating from undergrad. Sometimes we don't even know ourselves, so please, don't ask us.

4. What medical school are you going to?

This is a very funny question to every single pre-med student. I mean, we wish we knew! We wish we knew!

5. When will you go to medical school?

Once again, we wish we knew. In order to go to medical school, we have to take the MCAT which is the standardized test for medical school. If we are satisfied with our score, and feel ready we will apply. We have to apply one year prior to the year we wish to go to medical school and if we are blessed enough we will get an interview. Then, we will get in or not. So there is no way to know when we will get in. So please just don't ask, we love you but don't.

6. What will you do if you don't get into medical school?

Some of us have a plan B, some of us don't. Either way, it's not something we want to think about.

7. Why are you always at the library? (Gaby Rivera)

Ummmmm!!! Because we have to study!!!!

8. Why can't you hangout? (Gaby Rivera)

We want to hang with our friends, we just don't have the time.

9. Why are you always with your pre-med friends? (Gaby, Ike, Janelle)

It just happens that we take the same classes together over and over, we can't avoid it. Plus we usually study together.

10. How are you a pre-med if you are a Psychology major? (Janelle T)

Again, we can have any major and still be a pre-med.

11. How are you going to start a family if you will be in school forever? ( Janelle T)

We love you family and friends, but we would appreciate if if you don't ask us any of the questions above.






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Mom, This One Is For You As I Leave For College

Thanks for being my best friend.

Dear Mom,

it feels like yesterday that we were jumping up and down in the kitchen while tears of joy ran down our faces as the college acceptances started rolling in. You tagged along on my campus tours and wrote the pros and cons while I listed them off as I paced back and forth trying to make the decision of where my home would be the next four years. As six months till move in day has now turned into less than two weeks I just have a few things to say:

First, I'm going to miss you! Yes, I reminded you every couple of days how close we were to move in day and I've said several times that I can't wait to start this new chapter in my life but, I'm a lot sadder than I let on. In the midst of my excitement I have ignored the thought of not being able to see you everyday, being able to sing in the car with you to the songs we know we can kill, eating popcorn while watching Grey's Anatomy on Thursday nights, or even something as simple as sharing a meal with you.

Secondly, I want you to know how much I appreciate you. Mom, I appreciate everything you have done for me thus far in life. I appreciate you dealing with the stressful side of me that came out while dorm shopping, when I know I didn't make it easy. Thank you loving me and encouraging me these past several years that made me into the person I am today. I am grateful for the sacrifices you have made and will probably make in the future with my best interest in mind. I feel so blessed that you are my sunshine on my cloudy days.

Third, I want to apologize in advance. I know there will be times I'm too busy to come home some weekends or even talk for an hour, despite really wanting to. There will be days filled with stress when I don't want you to know about the test I failed earlier that day or about the argument I had my boyfriend or roommate. Don't take any sass or delayed texts to heart, because you know I'll always call you back, I'll always break down and need your direction, and I'll always need to hear your voice.

One last thing, you will always be my best friend. You are the person who I get all of my advice from and the one who can make me laugh when all I want to do is cry. You turn my bad days into great ones. I can't wait to make you proud as I continue my education and start this new chapter in my life but, I hope you know it's all because of you. Your constant love, support, mother-daughter meals, advice, jam sessions in the car, hugs while I've cried and laughs to make me smile have all made me the person I am today. A person proud to be your daughter and a person who's ready to start college. So, mom, this one is for you!

Thank you!

With love,

Your Daughter.

P.S. thank God for FaceTime, am I right?

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5 Emotionally Devastating Thoughts You Only Have When You're Almost A College Senior

If you thought that high school went fast, just know that college goes by 10 times faster.


If you thought that high school went fast, just know that college goes by 10 times faster.

One minute, you're picking out accessories for your dorm, and the next, you're planning for your final trip back to the city you have called home for the past three years. As your college journey comes to an end, you can't help but reflect on all of the friendships, memories, and life lessons you have learned along the way.

Here are the top eight thoughts that every soon-to-be college senior has when they think about their final year at their beloved university.

1. When someone asks you if you are really going to be a senior already

Here you are, at another family gathering, when someone asks you yet again if you are REALLY going to be a senior this coming year. The two of you go back and forth discussing the fact that it feels as though it was just yesterday when you received your acceptance letter.

This conversation sparks a deep thought: Where has the time actually gone? You have done a million different things with a variety of people, yet at this exact moment, it all seems to be one big blur.

2. When you realize how hard it is to actually get a job

Every single college student has the idea that as soon as they graduate college, they're going to find an amazing job and chase their dreams. It's at this time that we finally realize just how difficult this is going to be. So many of your friends have graduated before you and are still on the hunt to find the perfect job. Maybe it's really not as easy as it seems.

3. When it finally sinks in that senioritis is 10 times worse in college

We all remember the times we claimed that we had "senioritis" back in high school. Well, whatever that was, it doesn't even come close to what we feel now. The college workload is way more than anything we dealt with in high school and we can't imagine just how hard it will be to push through when we know that graduation is just around the corner.

4. When you realize that this is the last time you and all of your besties will be living in the same state

College would be absolutely nothing if it weren't for the amazing friends that have been there with you. They've stuck around through the good times and the bad. The thought of a life without them is almost unimaginable, but you still try to piece together what your life is going to look like without them right by your side. These friends have truly turned into your family and have made this new place feel as if it is your home-away-from-home.

5. When you think about all of the incredible memories that college has given you

No matter how frustrated we may get over typical college drama, we will never forget all of the amazing things that college has done for us and given us. As we reflect back on the past three years, it is hard to think of leaving the place that has introduced you such amazing people.

It is easy to get wrapped up in a whirlwind of emotions when this very special chapter in life ends. Even though we are so excited for the future, it doesn't make saying goodbye any easier.

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