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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.


Overwhelmed?

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This week has been rough.  Last week, too . . .  This whole time around the middle of the semester is always this way. Pre-health students become frequent, harried visitors at my drop-in hours, each with a unique situation, each with a cause for frustration, anxiety, and disappointment, sometimes to the point of tears. . . Today I think it’s important to remember a few basic tenets of pre-health existence. Hopefully these will cheer up those of you who are stressing out.  They may be helpful points to return to in the coming months and years as the pre-health workload piles high.  They’re especially crucial to recall during rough patches.


Homecoming Weekend… Tips for Fostering Relationships and Making Connections!

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It is Homecoming Weekend!  With a packed schedule and so many friends and acquaintances to see, it can be challenging to fit everything in.  One of the coolest aspects of Homecoming is the opportunity to reconnect with people we haven’t seen in a while and to meet new alumni friends.  In my individual consulting work with alumni, connections with fellow alum are consistently at the top of professional development wish lists.  A deep and strong alumni network provides every alumnus/a with a resource for professional and career development exploration, at their fingertips. 


The Best of Times

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Guest blogger Andy Foley '13 writes, "Could we enter the health professions at a more exciting time?  The greatest expansion of healthcare in U.S. history is less than 10 days away:  the next phase of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare” rolls out October 1 when new insurance marketplaces will open in every state, allowing citizens to shop for health insurance and choose a plan that fits their needs . . ."