3 Reasons Why I Love Being A Pre-Med Major

3 Reasons Why I Love Being A Pre-Med Major

I couldn't imagine doing anything more with my life. Pre-med has opened up so many new opportunities that I wouldn't have had before.

I changed my major probably eight times before I settled into my current major: psychology and pre-medicine. And, despite how I would never have imagined I would be saying, "I'm studying to become a doctor," I wouldn't change it for the world.

1. Advocating for mental health

With my psychology degree, I delve deeper into mental health and mental illness. I have come across people who don't believe in mental health; they believe you make it all up and all you need is sunlight to feel better. With my major, I get to advocate for the people with anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, or some other form of a mental illness.

2. Helping people who can't help themselves

People come into the doctor's office or the hospital and they're sick or injured. Some of these individuals could be dying. I love the silent job description of a doctor, which basically states to help people who cannot help themselves.

3. Volunteerism

A strong part of a medical school application is volunteerism, and while you don't need to be pre-med to volunteer, it does help you get volunteer opportunities that you wouldn't normally come across (such as volunteering at the hospital) or it will help you to become more motivated to volunteer.

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"

Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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