5 Surprising Things I've Learned As A Biology Pre-Med at Cornell

5 Surprising Things I've Learned As A Biology Pre-Med at Cornell

It's not all anatomy.

Being pre-med is a labor of love. The average person knows that pre-meds have to take some coursework in biology and chemistry but there's a lot more to pursuing medicine than just studying the human body. Here are some surprising things I've learned while taking pre-med courses as a biology undergrad.

1. You will learn about worms and starfish (annelids and echinoderms).

When you take evolution you go through the entirety of the phylogenetic tree and learn about all the major groupings of organisms.

2. Some semesters, you will take no biology courses, even though you're a biology major.

For instance, last semester I took Orgo, Physics, History, and Sociology.

3. Pre-Vet Animal Science majors are on the same struggle boat with you.

There's a lot of overlap in biology and chemistry coursework required for people who want to enter professions where they are caring for living things. Cells are cells whether they're in animals or humans. In fact, animal physiology is a popular concentration for pre-med bio majors because animal systems are representative of human systems. Most undergraduate research involves mice or other animal models like zebrafish.

4. I've actually learned a lot about animal behavior and physiology from insects.

Comparative Physiology and Introduction to Behavior are classes I've taken that have used insects to illustrate key concepts. The physiology class is actually taught by an entomologist.

5. You will learn a lot about multiple fields other than your own.

Through working in a plant developmental lab, I've learned about biology students rotating through labs in graduate school, the long road to a PhD, the possibility of doing a post-doctorate, the great effort that goes into getting funding, and the preparation it takes to get tenure. I've also learned about the differences between getting a degree in academia and industry. Similarly, through classes I've learned that physics grad students don't have to rotate through 3 labs and rather just join a lab they are interested in the summer after their first year and that being a sociology graduate student is very different depending on what school you're within at Cornell. I've learned that Atmospheric Science majors will take the pre-med physics and have many requirements as well. Through a job, I became friends with law students and got to hear a little about the experience of law school and taking the bar exam. I've learned that Cornell really is a school where any person can pursue any study.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Trying to figure out what to do in life.


I never saw the crossroad

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Till it pays out. [2]

Now I think its too late

Been walking too long,

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Top-down and gears up

Leaving nothing to the dust.

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Is it better to live and rust

Or drive till it busts

With trust you can find the way? [6]

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[2] - I think a lot of it was I was following what people told me I should be doing.

[3] - I have a feeling that it is too late to change my course of life. I'm in a college for business, taking classes about business, and everyone around me wants to do business.

[4] - This is saying that even though I am not passionate about what I am doing I am still trying to succeed only because I'm scared of failing or quitting.

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