It is easy to sometimes isolate a pre-health student in their little science classroom and expose them only to subjects on an “as-needed” basis. It is easy to dismiss arts and say that “they do not matter” and just keep piling on the chemistry, biology, and physics. But it wouldn't do justice to any of our future clinicians.
Being that I will be a future clinician myself, I have also found it easier sometimes to dismiss my general education requirement classes, only to find them intertwining with my science classes shortly after. I have often ignored the importance of learning about the hidden meanings in texts and learning improv acting but it is clear to me now that I will need to analyze my patients and respond quickly on my feet.
The closer I get into entering the medical field I realize more and more how much my arts and science classes intertwine. My English class just as important as my biology, my theatre appreciation class just as important as chemistry. My art class had me drawing the same shapes I had to draw for organic chemistry, my sociology class filled with statistics for me to analyze in my bio-statistics class.
I know that it is not a waste of time, I am so glad to have such a wide and vast variety of knowledge that all comes together and makes sense in the most perfect of weird ways. As excited as I am to enter into a fully immersed medical classroom, I will miss all of the quirky, inspiring, and jarring arts classes I have had the opportunity to take.