7 Truths Of Dating A Pre-Health Student

7 Truths Of Dating A Pre-Health Student

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Dating in college is a hassle. Either your schedules never seem to match up for going out or one of you is swamped with work. Regardless, dating for anyone in college can be overwhelming, but dating someone in a pre-health major is ridiculous. These majors include (but are not limited to) nursing, pre-med, athletic training, chemistry, biology, organics, etc. The list is long and exhausting; however, it's also one of the most rewarding. Basically, I work my butt off just so I can save yours one day. That's epic.

Here are some signs or perhaps things to keep in mind when trying to get involved with anyone in a pre-health major:


1. The Scheduling

I admit I have struggled with this before. Trying to pencil someone in to see them because you have classes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. most days, shadowing/internships on the other days, and work on the weekends is difficult. Trying to see someone in college is normally pretty easy, but not for pre-health majors. Most of our time is dedicated to school or work and if we aren't doing one or the other, we're probably taking a quick 20-minute nap before it's back to the drawing board.


2. Party Animals Won't Survive

I remember last semester believing I could handle going out and not getting home until 3 or 4 a.m. and having an exam at 9 a.m. afterward. It's safe to say I could've done better in my classes with altering which nights I went out. If you can't handle that the person you're dating goes to bed when the sun sets, you won't survive in this type of relationship. Pre-health majors typically try to make it to bed as early as possible (if the studying and homework are complete) as they wake up before the sun rises.


3. Studying > Anything

Studying comes before all, including you. While you want to be the one your significant other spends most of their time with, you won't be. Surely we'd love nothing more than to watch TV or go bowling with some friends, but that isn't always possible. Acceptance into graduate schools is highly based on our grades and clinical practice. Don't be upset when the majority of their time would rather be spent watching over the sick or injured.


4. Don't Touch The Planner

It's the most sacred book possible to anyone in a pre-health major. Don't touch it. Don't even look at it. I keep a planner with me everywhere I go, including the one in my phone as well as my notebook. Staying organized and on top of dates and deadlines is how we survive in these majors. This book means more than you know and you don't want to see what would happen if we were to lose it. Don't fuss at your significant other when they panic as they think they've lost their entire world.


5. You're There For Practice

You're the toy we get to poke with fake needles or stethoscopes. When they ask to listen to your heart rate or monitor your blood pressure, don't be skeptical. While dating someone in the health professions, it's no shock that you will be used as their test dummy.


6. You Are Not The Sun

Their life will not revolve around you. Do not ask them to choose between you and school, as their major will win. Every. Single. Time. But this in no way means they should ignore your dreams and aspirations. You both are in a relationship to help one another prosper. You're the backbone for when they need a sturdy wall to perch on.


7. Be The Cheerleader

Support them. Encourage them. While we are out there getting our rumps handed to us on a silver platter because we can't spot the difference between the left and right humerus, we need your help. As you hype us up, we'll do the same. Relationships that prosper together, win together. You don't give up on them when it gets tough, you push them closer to their goals.


So enjoy the time you have together, even if it just involves you both passed out trying to get a quick cat nap in. Dating in college is no joke. It's a true commitment to want to see that person and make time for them. Don't be upset that they haven't answered your text in the past couple hours--they're probably studying or in class. Though it may seem ridiculous that your dates are sometimes heading to Stroz together to get some homework done or a late night coffee run when you both need to wake up, it's the thought that counts. It's the little things in these relationships that mean everything.

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1. There is no “syllabus week.”

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2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

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4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

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As the years progress and people grow tired of traditional public education, more and more options of schooling are opening up: charter schools, virtual schools, magnet schools, Montessori schools—the list goes on. Some people see this as detrimental to traditional public education and claim that charter schools and such are taking money away from public schools, but these schools are not doing that. In fact, charter schools are public schools, and they most times receive less funding due to costs such as food, transportation, and the costs of running a traditional school building are eliminated. With these areas cut, charter schools are able to pay their teachers more generously and have higher per-pupil funding, which is increasing with their rapid enrollment. Oklahoma-based Epic Charter Schools, the virtual, one-to-one charter school I attended, is first in teacher pay and fourteenth in enrollment statewide. Having the option to go from a traditional school setting to something as innovative as Epic Charter Schools benefited me, and my graduating class of over 1000, tremendously and prepared me for college better than any brick-and-mortar school could have.

Throughout my schooling, I always went to public school. School was my absolute favorite thing. I'm the kind of person who gets extremely excited to buy school supplies and choose my classes. In elementary, I became a part of the gifted and talented program, and I never found school particularly challenging. This didn't bother me when I was younger because it seemed like there was always something to do after classwork was finished, such as coloring sheets, reading, etc. But when I got into middle school, this changed and I stopped liking school as a whole. When I would finish my work in class, there would be nothing to do and it was always too loud to read, so I was at a loss. Because of the lack of challenge for me, when I knew there would be nothing for me to do in class, or it was just going to be a day where we watched a movie, I wouldn't go to school. I did this so often that in middle school I actually failed classes that I had As in because of my attendance. The fact that I failed classes because of my absences didn't surprise me as much as the fact that I could keep As in said classes while missing so many days that they decided to fail me.

My freshman year went about the same as my middle school years—I was still missing a lot of class, and I started putting less and less effort into my work because I just didn't like school anymore. Finally, in my sophomore year after I started driving, I quit going to school altogether. I had heard of Epic Charter Schools, and I took it into my own hands to get enrolled and withdraw from my brick-and-mortar. My family wasn't too supportive of this, but I pushed for it hard enough that they finally came around.

The first semester of Epic was rough, to say the least. It was the first time in a long time that my work was challenging, and whoever says a virtual school is easy, you're completely wrong. The difficulty of virtual school doesn't even come from the subject matter; it comes from the accountability. I had a teacher, but she wasn't at my house every day telling me to do my work, so I put it off for weeks at a time. After some time, I finally found a schedule and the following semesters' virtual classes were a breeze because my time management skills had developed so much.

When my junior year came around, I was excited to start concurrent enrollment at a local community college. Through Epic, I was allowed to take as many college courses as I wanted as long as I was taking at least one class through Epic. At a typical public school, students are only allowed to take two per semester; I was taking four, sometimes five college classes while still in high school, and they were actually challenging me.I'm sure most people think that sounds expensive, but it really wasn't. In the state of Oklahoma, high school students receive a waiver for six credit hours' tuition for no cost, only fees are paid. For me, through Epic I received an additional eight-hundred dollars in a learning fund, which I applied to my tuition. I also received a tribal scholarship for my concurrent courses in exchange for completing community service hours.

Through Epic, I was able to complete 52 hours of college credit completely debt-free WHILE STILL ENROLLED IN HIGH SCHOOL! The summer after I graduated, I completed my Associate's degree at Tulsa Community College (61 credit hours), which all transferred to my current school, the University of Oklahoma where I am studying Language Arts Education to become a teacher (if you're reading this, Epic administrators, call me in 2020 when I'm certified).

Not only am I graduating college two years early, but I am also saving my future self at least 50 thousand dollars of debt.

Most importantly, though, through Epic, I regained my love for learning.

Epic high school students and traditional students alike: please take advantage of the opportunities presented to you whether it be concurrent enrollment or vocational school. After high school, you will be so glad to have some college experience before going to a four-year university or to have a certificate to move into the workforce.

As the Epic's motto says: school CAN be different.


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