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What to Do Between Naps & Meals, Part II

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Winter break is here . . .  Between naps and meals and spending time with your family and friends, you might find these glimpses into medicine interesting, even moving.  


Do you want to secure a job or internship over winter recess?

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Should you use winter recess to recharge your intellectual batteries and catch up on sleep after (hopefully not) too many overnighters studying for finals?  Certainly.  Should you capitalize on this time to secure summer internships and post-graduate employment while unfettered by academic and extracurricular commitments.  Absolutely!  Here are some ways you can use winter recess to secure that coveted opportunity.


What to Do Between Naps & Meals

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Winter break is coming . . . a chance to catch up on sleep, beat siblings at games of Wii and grandparents at gin rummy (or vice versa!), reconnect with friends from high school, and hopefully enjoy some home-cooked meals.  At my house, I’ll be getting frustrated over tangled strings of holiday lights, getting the inexplicable need to watch football out of my system, and getting excited for Santa’s arrival with my seven-year-old son.  My pre-health advisor hat will be hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that I’ll be suitably refreshed by the time I put it back on in 2014.  It did occur to me this morning, however, that the break might also be a good time to do some things you haven’t had time to do during the semester.  Pre-health things . . .  


Know Your AAMC

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AAMC = Association of American Medical Colleges.  For anyone aspiring to allopathic medicine (becoming an MD some day), the AAMC is the governing body of the U.S. medical schools you’ll apply to for that important next step in your education.  There are many reasons to spend some time on the AAMC website.  Here are just a few. . . 


My Law School Applications are In! Now, How do I Pay for School? The Nuts and Bolts of Financial Aid

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Before we talk about logistics of financial aid, let's consider some important statistics.  The average amount of debt carried by 2012 law school graduates was $84,600 for public school graduates, and a whopping $122,158 for private school graduates.  Not a big deal because you'll be rolling in the big lawyer money after graduation, right?  Not exactly.  The adjusted mean starting salary for 2012 law school graduates was $75,554, with 51% of graduates making between $40,00 and 65,000 annually and 16% making $160,000 (For more detailed information, click here).  If you are in the majority of graduates with a salary under $65,000, paying back that debt can be a hefty endeavor.


10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Professional Development Today!

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It is National Career Development Month!  Positively impacting your own career growth and development doesn’t have to be an unmanageable commitment.  In fact, implementing bite-size professional development activities throughout your week and month can produce significant results...


The Current State of the Legal Profession: Identifying Opportunity in a Time of Crisis

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“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters.  One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”  John F. Kennedy

“Crisis” is certainly an appropriate word to describe the current state of the legal profession.  Over the past ten years, the number of licensed lawyers in the United States has increased 20% and sixteen new law schools have opened their doors.  Legal employment, however, has not grown at the same rate.


Study What You Love

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If you’re a sophomore who attended the recent pre-health meeting then you heard a version of this little speech of mine before.  Still, it bears repeating.  As a pre-health student, you are no different than anyone else in that you think long and hard (most of you, at any rate) about your choice of a major and the possible consequences of that decision.  The most commonly heard questions among pre-health students are “should I major in a science?” and “can I major in something other than science?”   You also grapple with what criteria to use when choosing between two or three of your favorite subjects . . . 


Surprise! My GPA is What? Important Considerations for how Law Schools Evaluate GPA

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Why is your GPA so important to law school admissions officers?  There are two primary reasons:  1) a good GPA demonstrates both your intellectual ability and your willingness to work hard, and 2) studies have shown a positive correlation between strong undergraduate GPAs and law school performance.  What you might not know - but should - is how your GPA is presented to law school admissions officers.  


Post-Bac Possibilities

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“It’s never too late” . . . “Think when, not if” . . . and “Hey, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over” . . . These are things I hear myself saying on a fairly regular basis.  To be candid, I sometimes wonder if I’m building up false hope.  Is the end goal of admission to health professional school really possible for all F&M graduates as long as they’re fully committed?  Is “it’s never too late” a helpful reminder or a mere platitude?  It could only be a meaningless cliché if everyone already knew it, I suppose, and given the number of pre-health students I see who are ready to throw in the towel, “it’s never too late” is far from a universal belief.  So is there a way of getting from college to health professional school for nearly everyone, really?  Yes.  How do I know?  Because post-bac programs make it so.