How I got out of Pre-Med Without Debt

So I was reading an article about student debt recently and it says that for medical students the average student loan debt is about $241,600. On top of this, 43.2 million student borrowers are in debt by an average of $39,351 each. The current demographic of my blog is either going to college, thinking about …

How to Make Anki Fun

When you’re doing Anki, it’s difficult to stay focused on just one task. You’re always distracted and you look at other people who are able to study for hours on end. You look at your classmates and people on YouTube and they’re able to study for hours, and you think to yourself, how can I …

5 Reasons Anki Isn’t Working For You

I always see my fellow medical students struggle with Anki because it “just doesn’t work for them.” Are you also in that group? I’m willing to bet that you haven’t tried these 5 strategies, which will help your retention go up and actually help you apply these tactics to a question-based program. I’m going to …

How to Stay Focused On One Goal over 4+ Years

Think about the last time that you wanted something. I mean really think about it. If you want to accomplish something, you have to have the ability to carry out that goal. But sometimes it feels like it’s too much. That you’re trying to accomplish too much. And it would be better if you just …

These Extracurriculars Will Help You Get Into Medical School

Introduction As a high schooler and pre-med, I found myself trying to figure out what medical schools wanted from me. I tried different activities thinking that completing a checkbox of activities could help me succeed and stand out, until I learned a framework for designing a medical school application that got me into multiple accelerated …

MCAT CARS Is Simple. Just Follow These Tips

I often get asked how to do better on the critical reading portion of the MCAT. So today I wanted to take time out to talk about practicing better for this section, the one that most people think is the hardest section of the MCAT. The first tip for this section is to read the …

My Biggest Fears About Medical School (what I wish I knew)

I want to talk about some of the things that scared me about medical school when I first started. First, I want to say that medical school is hard but not as hard as you think it is. When you’re trying to figure out which extracurriculars to get involved in, while trying to make new …

Why Your Medical Bill is So Expensive

Everyone knows our medical system is expensive. There’s been books written on the topic. As a medical student, I’ve often felt idiotic when someone asked me about their healthcare bill in the hospital, and I’ve responded that I don’t know anything about it and I have to resort to talking to them about their treatment. …

Taming the Tiger

Imagine that you’ve just bought a baby tiger. It’s pretty tame, and it laps up anything you feed it—cocaine, alcohol, pills, meth, and any other drugs. It’s a weird tiger in that aspect. It only likes highly addictive drugs. It’s pretty cute—it makes you take a hit when you’re going out to parties, it makes …