Being a pre-med student comes with a unique set of challenges that many other students do not face. Among these are the stress and effort involved in completing medical school applications and being accepted.
The med school application process can be both time-consuming and anxiety inducing, making it difficult for students to put together compelling applications on their own. While many schools may offer general career advice through counseling centers and individual advisors, it is uncommon to have someone help you with the nitty-gritty details of your pre-med journey.
To fill this large gap, pre-med advising services can help. They provide the support, resources and expertise that every pre-med student needs. Admissions support, personal statement editing, planning and interview prep are just some of the areas that these services touch on. They’re a great way to ensure that you submit an application you can truly be proud of, and an application with a higher chance of success.
Here’s exactly how a pre-med advising service can help you.
Pre-med students often have access to plenty of information from online sources, educators and mentors. Why, then, should one invest in professional advising services? Well, even with the support of educators and the resources that your school may provide, there’s a limit to how much you can get out of these things on your own. School advisors and educators may not have the time and resources to give your individual application process the attention it deserves. On the other hand, an advising service provides you with a dedicated professional who has both the time and resources to give you individual attention and guidance. They’ll give you comprehensive assistance in all areas of your application. This individual attention allows an advisor to better know you and your needs to play up your strengths.
Hiring a pre-med advisory service gives you access to some of the most experienced physicians out there. Not only have they been through medical school themselves, but they’ve worked with students just like you for years. This translates to a consulting experience that takes into account the evolving needs of students and the changes in application requirements, as well as what it really takes to put together a good application. With the in-depth knowledge you get from your advisor, you’ll be able to navigate the process as best as possible. As a dedicated service, professional advising guarantees that you are working with an expert in the field.
Building an application on your own can feel like a shot in the dark. It’s difficult to tell what really makes it good, and you may not feel very confident about whether it will be successful or not. While advising services do not guarantee success, they do increase your chances. Extensive strategy and planning, expert advice and practical support combine to help you deliver your best. Ideally, a pre-med advisor will have, at some point, been on an admissions committee. This means that they understand the nature of the application process and the building blocks of a successful application. This experience, on its own, almost certainly contributes to your success.
Most students have specific concerns when they go into the admissions process. Perhaps your MCAT score is lower than average, or you feel that your extracurricular activities don’t meet the standard. It could be that you’re worried about your writing ability, especially when it comes to drafting a personal statement or secondary essay. If you have identified these kinds of weaknesses, then an advising service is ideal for you. You’ll be able to address these concerns while amplifying your strengths – and you do have strengths. A dedicated advisor will help you approach your weaknesses with courage and tact, and make the most of your strengths in the process.
It’s great to focus on the tangible and immediate benefits of advisory services, but let’s not forget that being a pre-med student can take its toll on your mental, physical and emotional well being. Late night study sessions, application anxiety and pressure to succeed are all normal and valid experiences. An advising service offers the kind of support that makes you more confident in your approach and less stressed as a result. Knowing that you have some of the best physicians by your side during the entire process can give you the boost you need. Remember that you don’t have to handle it all on your own; it’s perfectly fine to ask for help!
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