Name: Lindsay Ma

Major(s) and minor(s): Biophysics

Favorite class you took at Michigan: EEB 472: This was a class that pushed my writing, reading, and presenting skills. Sure, the content of the course was not medicine or human health, but this was the class that taught me skills I think will make me a more flexible and adaptable doctor one day. For the first time, I learned how to properly do a literature review solo. I also proved to myself that I could immerse myself in papers from a field I was unfamiliar with and still pick it apart enough to present the paper to the class in a meaningful way. In medicine, I anticipate running into literature I am unfamiliar with, from fields that I may have little experience in, but this class gave me the tools for how to approach these unfamiliar topics and deeply interact with their content.

When/How did you study for the MCAT: Took TPR course, studied June through August

When did you take the MCAT: August of the summer before senior year (2019)

What was your pre-med experience: I had a good experience at Michigan. The beginning was rough for me, as I did not have a sense of purpose for why I was pursuing medicine in my first two years at college. However, trying out research and volunteering and by meeting other pre-med students, I began to develop a sense of why I was subjecting myself to hard classes and a rigorous schedule outside of school. Also, I think I felt very competitive and experienced a fair amount of imposter syndrome as a lower classman. Luckily, this sense of inferiority dissipated when I began spending more time with non-premeds. Because my roommates were all diverse in their endeavors, architecture and engineering majors, I think we were uniquely suited to support each other 100%, and I did not need to worry about feeling competitive around them. Basically, I had a safe space at home where I could pursue what *I* wanted as a pre-med, and began comparing myself less to other pre-meds. 

Recommendations/advice for current students: The four years go by quickly, so try out a variety of things early on to see what works for you. I am a strong believer in sticking with something once you’ve started for sake of building relationships, autonomy, and a steady foundation. Of course, if you absolutely hate something you started, politely leave; however, I think small hiccups are otherwise important to work through and can make you a more resilient person down the line. 

When it comes to school, please do not overload your freshman year. Many people are coming from their highschools at the top of their class, but UMICH intro classes are not easy to transition to for many people. You will have plenty of time to take 3+ science classes simultaneously as a sophomore, junior, and senior. Use freshman year to develop the skills needed to manage science classes well, and you will be better equipped to succeed in later semesters.

Personally, I did not find SLC study groups helpful, but I HIGHLY recommend going directly to professors for help. It can be hard to find time to meet with professors in large intro classes, but especially take advantage of office hours when you get to 300 and 400 level classes. Professors are almost always willing to meet with you outside of their scheduled office hours if you cannot make the normal ones, so just ask! What you don’t ask, you won’t get.

Lastly, try to do things that are not related to pre-med as well. Not all the clubs you join have to earn you shadowing opportunities, research opportunities, etc. Try volunteering for a cause you just care about, regardless of if it is “clinical.” Try to make friends who are pursuing different careers so that you can learn new perspectives from them and potentially reduce a feeling of competitiveness.

Classes:

 

1st year

2nd year

3rd year

4th year

Fall

BIOLOGY 171

ASIAN 252

ENGLISH 124

UROP 280

MOVSCI 241

BIOLOGY 173

PHYSICS 135

PHYSICS 136

CHEM 211

ASIANLAN 135

MATH 216

 

BIOPHYS 370

AMCULT 214

MCDB 310

EEB 472

CHEM 474

BIOLOGY 305

BIOPHYS 495

BIOPHYS 440

BIOSTAT 521

PUBHLTH 311

Winter

BIOLOGY 172

CHEM 210

MATH 215

UROP 280

BIOPHYS 290

CHEM 216

ASIANLAN 136

CHEM 215 (spring)

BIOPHYS 399 (spring)

SOC 302

BIOPHYS 420

PUBHLTH 200

SLAVIC 290

BIOPHYS 417

BIOPHYS 450

ALA 264

RCIDIV 350

PUBHLTH 311

 

Name: Haniyeh Zamani

Major(s) and minor(s): Biology Major 

Favorite class you took at Michigan: My favorite class was BIO 207: Microbiology. I really enjoyed the class because I learned about microbial and viral genetics, medical microbiology, and basic epidemiology. Also, the course had a lab component and I learned new techniques that are applicable in many biological labs. 

When/How did you study for the MCAT: Took TPR course, studied Early December till May

When did you take the MCAT:  Planning to take it in May 2020

What was your pre-med experience: My experience as a premed student at Michigan was great. Michigan provided me with the different opportunities to pursue and expand my horizons. During my time here, I had the chance to take classes in any subjects that I was curious about. The pre-med advisors and many of the professors were friendly and supportive, and they went above and beyond to make sure that students were getting the best out of their education. SuccessConnects and SLC were very helpful resources for me to find my path to success.    

Recommendations/advice for current students: Being a pre-med student is a unique experience, and there are times that things can get difficult, but remember that you are not alone and there are people here to help and support you throughout this journey. Take advantage of the numerous resources that are available to you such as office hours, SLS study groups, and advising sessions. Also, it is okay to take a break every once in a while and reflect on your path to start with a new perspective for the rest of your journey. 

Classes:

 

1st year

Washtenaw Community College (Michigan)

2nd year

 

Washtenaw Community College (Michigan)

————-

Michigan 

 

3rd year

Michigan 

4th year

Michigan

Fall

DAN 180 (no equiv.)

ENG 091 (no equiv.)

MTH 191 (MATH 115)

ENG 111 (ENGLISH 125)

BIO 101 (no equiv.)

CEM 122 (CHEM 230 + 130)

DRA 180 (no equiv.)

ECO 211 (ECON 102)

BIO 172

BIO 173

CHEM 210

CHEM 211

UC 280

BIO 225

BIO 226

BIO 281

CLCIV 253

EEB 400

 

Winter

CEM 111 (CHEM 125 +126)

ENG 226 (ENGISH 201)

PSY 100 (PSYCH 111)

PHY 111 (PHYSICS 125 + 127)

CSP 171 (ENGR 101)

BIO 171

PUBHLTH 200

UC 280 

CHEM 215

CHEM 216

EEB 300

BIOLCHEM 415

PUBHLTH 370

PUBHLTH 381

 

BIO 207

EEB 390

EEB 400

Spring

MTH 192 (MATH 116) MTH 293 (MATH 215)

PHY 222 (PHYSICS 240 +241)

BIO 305  

 

Name: Anni Ball

Major(s) and minor(s): Neuroscience major and African Studies minor

Favorite class you took at Michigan: 

My favorite STEM classes would probably be NEUROL 455 (neuroscience of Parkinson’s Disease) or 436 (immunology). In both of these classes, I finally felt like I was learning something that was truly applicable to the real world (I know this is all classes, but it was also paired with the feeling that my degree will be worth at least some of the ridiculous amount of tuition money). Dr. Balazovich is a pretty polarizing figure here at Michigan, but I really enjoyed taking classes with him (I also had him for biochem). Immunology especially is kind of his baby, so he puts a lot of effort into this class. In immunology, we had a case study book and projects similar to those in biochem. The second half of the class was about half regular lectures and half case study presentation, which was a nice change from a normal lecture-only class. Dr. B encouraged significant class participation during case study presentation (the students never present, don’t worry) through prompting questions. An added, and unexpected, bonus of this class was that the immunohistochemistry procedures I perform in my research lab make much more sense to me (I will readily admit I did them half-blindly before I took this class). 

In terms of non-STEM, I really enjoyed all of my AAS (African and AfroAmerican Studies) classes because AAS professors are amazing, my favorite was AAS 458: Health and African Development. This class is cross-listed as a graduate-level epidemiology course at the SPH, which led to very few undergraduates in the class (my class had a record number of 4) and an extremely small class size (9 total). I had already taken a class with Dr. Stein, and his teaching gets even crazier (in a good way) in this particular class. AAS 458 is another one of those classes that connects to the real world because Stein updates his lectures with new disease epidemics. There was also a higher level of analysis (in statistics, causes, and socioeconomic implications) expected from students due to the graduate-level designation, which was more of a blessing than a curse (grades are based on participation, the final, and a 3.5 hour presentation) in the end because it added another dimension to my minor and depth to my discussion capacities in future classes (AAS 453 + 495).

When/How did you study for the MCAT: Haven’t taken it yet!

When did you take the MCAT: I plan on taking it at the end of this summer, after I graduate.

What was your pre-med experience: 

Over my four years of college I have questioned my decision to be pre-med many, many times. To be quite honest, I was not having a great time in my sophomore spring and junior fall, partly due to transferring, but mostly due to burnout. I’ve often called myself “a bad pre-med” in conversation because I’ve followed the guidelines for extracurricular activities pretty loosely (again, due to burnout at Wellesley and the adjustment process at Michigan). I have close to no patient interaction hours from my time at Wellesley because Boston hospitals are far away and extremely strict on patient contact, so I can really only speak to the patient interactions I had during a medical+public health brigade I did through Wellesley in Nicaragua or my semester in the dementia unit of Glacier Hills Retirement Community. I will be the first to admit that I’ve shied away from a lot of the extracurricular pre-med requirements because of the fairly stressful, but inevitable, interactions with other pre-meds. Throughout my college career, I’ve basically mitigated this problem by engaging in other extracurriculars outside of health careers to round out my resume (I’m the blog director for a magazine here at Michigan and was active in residential life at Wellesley) or ones that are somewhat related to (pre-)health causes (volunteering at the farms at UM and St. Joe’s, advising for Pre-Med Hub). 

I originally planned on going straight into medical school, but made what I saw as a “compromise” to push med school two years after I decided transferring was more important to me. This helped lighten my load for pre-med stuff—I decided to do patient interaction in my gap years, when I have much more time to commit to it. The amount of gap years I’m going to take is also influenced by my interest in a MD-PhD. I’m pretty involved in my research lab here at Michigan, and will also use my two gap years to better inform my decision as to which grad program I want to pursue. 

Recommendations/advice for current students: (maybe a little bit about transferring and adjusting)

If you’re a transfer student, do not, as I did, underestimate the emotional burden transferring had on your life. I’m sure this varies depending on your experience with Michigan and your previous institution, but I had a hard time adjusting because I’d visited UM once before I got my acceptance, and I came from a tiny, all-women, liberal arts college. If you’re coming from a similar situation as I mine, I would recommend seeking little communities to be a part of wherever you can. I attended a few transfer student events, where I met some of my friends, became close with some of my orgo II labmates, and really made an effort to go above and beyond in my research lab (the people on my research floor are my best friends here). I also think this will change depending on where you are in your academic career when you transfer. Since I came to Michigan as a junior, I knew I had to come in with the mindset that I transferred mainly for the academics (serious focus on my major and career paths), not necessarily to enjoy a completely different college experience. 

In terms of general pre-med advice: chill out. The most toxic thing about pre-med culture, at UM but really in general, is that everything seems like a competition. Yes, you’re technically beating out other applicants for medical school, but there is no need to participate in or play into the stress culture. Do what you think is your best, and don’t worry about anyone else. I would definitely go to advising, either with PMH or Newnan, since it’s a more objective viewpoint of the pre-med track than talking to other students before you go into a biochem exam. Even more importantly, don’t do anything that you’re not passionate about, or derive significant lessons from, for the sake of your resume. If this passion is not apparent when you speak about it, either in interviews or in casual conversation, then it’s similar to not having that experience at all. Plus, you’re at a higher risk of burnout and impostor syndrome if you don’t have some type of grounding reason or tenet. 

Classes:

 

1st year Wellesley

(Michigan)

2nd year Wellesley

(Michigan)

3rd year Michigan

4th year Michigan

Fall

-Biology 110 + Lab (171,173)

-Math 115

-Neuro 100 +Lab (Psych 230+Bio 222)

-French 201 (231)

-Neuro 200 + Lab (Psych 230+Bio 222)

-Ancient Greek Phil (Phil 388)

-Chem 105 + Lab (130, 126)

-Evolutionary Psych (no equiv.)

 

-CHEM 215, 216

-BIO 305

-AAS 260

-ANTHARC 285

-AAS 495

-AAS 453

-MCDB 436

-NEUROL 455

-SOC 302

Winter

-Biology 111 + Lab

(172)

-Physics 104 + Lab (135,136)

-French 202 (232)

-Writing 161 (FYWR)

-Physics 106 + Lab (235, 236)

-Medical Ethics (no equiv.) 

-Psych 205 + Lab (Stats 250)

-Independent Study (Psych 326, 2 credits)

-Chem 211 + Lab (210, 211)

-MCDB 310

-PSYCH 326 (3 credits)

-AAS 458

-AAS 290

-BIO 225

-CHEM 230

-AAS 271

-PSYCH 336

-MCDB 422

-BIO 226

 

Name: Brooke McCollum

Major(s) and minor(s): Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience major, Biomolecular Science major 

Favorite class you took at Michigan: I really enjoyed all the psych classes I took, but I would say my overall favorite class was either Psych 402 or MCDB 423. Psych 402, Neuroscience of Mental Health, was the most laid back course I took at U of M. I took it for one of my psych electives for my BCN major, and it basically consisted of reading published research articles about neuroscience of mental health (that were not long) and then discussing them in class. Something else that I really enjoyed about the class was not only did it really explore the science behind mental illness, but we also talked a lot about the impact neuroscience research does and will have on the future of mental health discussions and the treatment around it. It was overall a well rounded class and because of that, I learned a ton. Also, there were no exams or quizzes! MCDB 423, Introduction to Research in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, was an upper biology lab I took for BCN as well. I really liked this class because I used a lot of the techniques I had learned in my actual research lab, so I actually had a sense of what was going on compared to some other labs I had taken in the past. There were also really cool experiments we did like injected frog oocytes with RNA we had transcribed or growing dorsal root ganglia on plates from baby chickens we had dissected. 

When/How did you study for the MCAT: Took TPR course, studied mid May through beginning of August

When did you take the MCAT: August of the summer before my senior year (August 2019)

What was your pre-med experience: My pre-med experience was very busy but fun and at times extremely stressful, but I would not have wanted it any other way. Throughout my three and a half years, I volunteered through the University of Michigan Hospital and Arbor Hospice. I worked at a research lab and scribed at St. Joe’s Emergency Department and obviously, was an advisor and later on, an E-board member for Pre-Med Hub. 

Recommendations/advice for current students: One reason I choose to go to Michigan is because of the numerous opportunities that are available to undergrads. I do not think at many other schools I would have had the opportunity to work in a cancer research lab that is run by someone that has their own wikipedia page. Michigan is a research institution, so take advantage of it! Another recommendation I would give is to relax and take a breath every once in awhile. Not only is Michigan as a school stressful, but the pre-med track can amplify this stress. It is okay to take a break and go have fun with friends or do something else you enjoy. 

Classes:

 

1st year

2nd year

3rd year

4th year

Fall

BIOLOGY 173

SPANISH 232

PSYCH 270

CHEM 210

CHEM 211

BIOLOGY 225

MCDB 310

SOC 302

PSYCH 240

CHEM 230

PSYCH 303

CHEM 352

MCDB 436

MCDB 423

CHEM 399

PSYCH 347

PSYCH 402

Winter

CHEM 215

CHEM 216

STATS 250

ENGLISH 125

WOMENSTD 220

CHEM 245

CHEM 246

CHEM 247

PSYCH 230

PHYSICS 235

PHYSICS 236

BIOLOGY 305

CLCIV 385

CHEM 420

CHEM 398

PSYCH 355

none

Spring

PHYSICS 135

PHYSICS 136

Study abroad

PSYCH (3)

HUMANITIES (3)

none none

 

Name: Pooja Polamarasetti

Major(s) and minor(s): Biomolecular Science major, Gender and Health minor

Favorite class you took at Michigan: WS 400: Women’s Reproductive Health. I took this class because it aligns with some of my career goals and because the syllabus looked very interesting; instead of one professor all semester, the class is run by two physicians and each lecture is given by a different guest speaker, including people in fields like law, informatics, global health, sex therapy, and nursing. I started out this class getting the lowest essay grade I had ever gotten and seriously considered dropping it for a W. Before taking this upper-level writing course, I was lacking in writing experience compared to most of my peers (especially as a sophomore in a senior level class). However, I went to the professor to discuss dropping the class and she gave me some great advice: she told me that it would be more beneficial to use the course to bolster my writing skills and learn more about the topics I was so interested in, rather than dropping it to avoid a poor grade. I actually ended up regularly attending office hours, going to Sweetland, and doing essay rewrites to get an A, even after having a failing grade for the first half of the semester. I learned so much more in this class besides the obvious syllabus material in women’s health, and this experience truly shaped my GPA-driven thinking as a college student and pre-med.

When/How did you study for the MCAT: I self-studied the summer after sophomore year using textbooks from The Berkeley Review and online resources (Khan Academy, UWorld, Jack Westin, Reddit). I studied from May – Aug and took it right before my junior year of school started.

When did you take the MCAT: Sept 1, 2018

What was your pre-med experience: I had a pretty good pre-med experience, which I can fully attribute to all my peers and mentors. I had older students sit down with me even before freshman year orientation to help me figure out what extracurriculars I needed to do as a pre-med and what classes I should think about backpacking during orientation. Once freshman year started, I got a peer mentor assigned to me through an organization called MPAC, who I kept in touch with to ask questions and meet with all year. Part of the reason I was so involved in leadership here at Pre-Med Hub was because I knew how inaccessible general advising could be to students, but also how helpful peer advising and mentorship could be. I wanted to pay it forward and served in various mentorship roles, including through PMH, WISE, SLC-ELI, and MPAC, once I felt like I gained enough pre-med experience to be useful to other students.

Recommendations/advice for current students: If I had to do it all over again, I think I would take more risks as a pre-med. I definitely played it safe, from the classes I took to my major to my extracurricular choices. I knew that what I did would ultimately help me make it into medical school, but there are certain regrets that I have. For one, I wish I majored in a subject completely different from what I’d be learning in medical school; I have interests in subjects like Computer Science, Economics, Political Science, and Environment. As a Biomolecular Science major, I definitely learned everything I needed to as a pre-med, but I’m not coming out of college feeling fulfilled as a liberal arts student. Every pre-med is “interested in biology,” but I would encourage you all to explore your other interests as well, because you’ll be learning more biology/biochem than you ever wanted to know in medical school. This post puts it very nicely. I wish I got more involved in research, possibly in a field that is completely unrelated to STEM. I wish I joined dance or acapella groups, instead of sticking to my traditional pre-med clubs. I wish I had more of a life outside of pre-med because I think that would have prevented me from burning out around the time of MCAT and the application cycle.

Classes:

 

1st year

2nd year

3rd year

4th year

Fall

BIO 173

EECS 183

HONORS 240

WS 220

UROP

PHYSIOL 201

CHEM 215 

PSYCH 280 

ANTHRCUL 325

ASIANLAN 115

CHEM 230

WS 432

COMPLIT 100

SURGERY 499

ASIANLAN 215

CHEM 130

CHEM 125/126

CHEM 455

DANCE 100 (hip-hop)

DANCE 100 (pilates)

Winter

CHEM 210

CHEM 211

EECS 280

STATS 250

UROP

MCDB 310

CHEM 352

WS 400

SOC 302

LING 137

ASIANLAN 116

WS 313

MICRBIOL 405

DANCE 100 (intro to popping)

CHEM 216

SURGERY 499

***

ASIANLAN 216

(part-time status)

***I took one upper-level chemistry elective as part of a study abroad in SJTU, China in July between junior and senior year

Name: Peyton Goethe

Major(s) and minor(s): Double major in Neuroscience and Psychology

Favorite class you took at Michigan: Split into science and non-science, below.

Non-science: AAS 245: Islam in Africa, with Dr. Rudolph Ware — something I didn’t know much about but has contributed greatly to the person I am today

Science: PSYCH 345: Human Neuropsychology—arguably what inspired my interest in combining Neuro and Psych fields of study, awe-inspiring to see the intricate mechanisms that help dictate our behaviors and daily lives

When/How did you study for the MCAT: Take summer off from classes to study. Try to truly immerse yourself in the content by doing daily practice questions/ passages.

When do/did you take the MCAT: January 2021

What was your pre-med experience: My pre-medical experience was far too competitive. The people surrounding me in most of my classes made me feel that since I didn’t come out of the womb wanting to be a doctor, I wasn’t a “real pre-med.” My own struggles with an inferiority complex definitely contributed to that, but nevertheless, it wasn’t an environment in which collaboration or compassion was encouraged. That led to some irresponsible academic choices (i.e. 19 credits, including taking Biochemistry, Genetics, and Animal Physiology and RETAKING Orgo I at the same time)—to this day, I cannot articulate what motivated me to make such a ridiculous schedule that looks like a joke. I think it might have been a combination of my response to the competitive nature of my surroundings as well as my unrealistic expectations of myself in order to be a physician. I always wonder if I was trying to self-sabotage myself from truly pursuing medicine on some level due to my feelings of inferiority. 

Recommendations/advice for current students: Find a niche of people who inspire you to grow, but not because they make you feel bad about any aspect of yourself—also, find close friends who can, for example, veto unfeasible schedule choices to prevent you from spreading yourself too thin when you’re not in the right headspace. Make time to decompress in whatever way works for you. Get involved in things that motivate you to pursue the career you’ve chosen. 

Classes: Again, before you look at my class schedule, please see most of this as a guide of what NOT to do. I retook four classes because of how irresponsibly I scheduled my classes. I did two spring and summer semesters and one summer half-semester. I had to do a whole M.S. degree just to have something besides my abysmal cumulative and science GPA—nothing wrong with getting an additional degree, but debt is debt. If I didn’t have to improve my academic performance, I would’ve much preferred getting an M.P.H.

However, there is also something to be said in regards to forgiveness. I look at this schedule and genuinely laugh, still shocked that I made it out of some of these semesters. I do my best to avoid festering on the subject of my previous academic shortcomings and focus on where I am now—in a job I love that challenges and teaches me on a daily basis and has significantly affected the healthcare professional that I will become.

  1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

Fall

CHEM 130

CHEM 125

SPANISH 231

ENGLISH 125

UC 107

ANTHRBIO 368

BIOLOGY 172

PHIL 359

PSYCH 345

PSYCH 326

BIOLCHEM 415

BIOLOGY 226

BIOLOGY 225

BIOLOGY 305

CHEM 210

PSYCH 356

AAS 246

BIOLOGY 222

MCDB 421

MICROBIOL 405

PSYCH 402

Winter

STATS 250

SPANISH 232

PSYCH 290

PSYCH 211

UC 108

BIOLOGY 171

BIOLOGY 173

CHEM 210

CHEM 211

PSYCH 240

CHEM 230

PHYSICS 135

PHYSIC 136

ALA 472

PSYCH 250

PSYCH 413

AAS 245

ENGLISH 317

PHYSICS 235

PHYSICS 236

 

Name: Daphne Samuel

Major(s) and minor(s): BCN

Favorite class you took at Michigan: AnthrBio 363: Genes, Disease and Culture

When/How did you study for the MCAT: Studied from May 2017 through Jan 2018, Took the in-person Kaplan course fall 2017

When did you take the MCAT: Jan 2018

What was your pre-med experience: I think my pre-med was kind of brutal. I definitely had to put in a lot of effort in things that I couldn’t see the end of. The pre-med community I had around me was competitive and I found myself looking around, comparing myself to other uber-smart students rather than looking ahead at my goal of being a physician. I looked to other non-medically related organizations such as my student ministry and my a cappella group for community instead and found so much solace in the fact that being pre-med did not have to be my life. 

Recommendations/advice for current students: Find a community that supports you regardless of whether you become a doctor or not. You need balance, and they will be the first ones to put things in perspective when it seems like nothing is going your way. 

Classes:

  1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

Fall

CHEM 210

CHEM 211

GTBOOKS 191

PSYCH 250

UC 150 (FY Sem)

BIOLOGY 225

PHYSICS 135

PHYSICS 136

PSYCH 230

PSYCH 326 (Research)

STATS 250

ANTHRBIO 363

BIOLOGY 226

PSYCH 308

PSYCH 326 (Research)

PSYCH 347

BIOLOGY 305

PSYCH 423 (Research)

PUBHLTH 200

Winter

BIOLOGY 173

CHEM 215

CHEM 216

HONORS 232

PSYCH 240

**

MCDB 310

PHYSICS 235

PHYSICS 236

PSYCH 326 (Research)

PSYCH 337

WOMENSTD 220

ANATOMY 403

ANTHRCUL 344

PSYCH 330 (Sem)

PSYCH 401 (Sem)

NONE (I graduated)

**Summer between 1st and 2nd year: Took the equivalent of CHEM 230 (pchem) at Oakland University

Name: Margarete Wallner                    Major(s) and minor(s): Neuroscience

Favorite class you took at Michigan: NEUROL 455: For those of you fellow Neuroscience majors out there, this is an excellent senior-level seminar to take during your fall semester senior year! Dr. Leventhal is an excellent instructor. Not only is he a neurologist himself, but he also does applied research related to the causes of Parkinson’s Disease. This class has no exams, which I found enjoyable as many of my science-based classes were solely based on exams. You have take-home quizzes based on assigned scientific articles. During the semester you also have to give a presentation to the class about one of the assigned scientific articles. Dr. Leventhal always pushed us to think critically in class and was a very helpful/supportive instructor. I would take this class again if I could!

When/How did you study for the MCAT: Studied for about 10 hours a week during my fall semester of my junior year. Did weekly Kaplan MCAT course (3 hours/week).

When did you take the MCAT: Mid January of my junior year.

What was your pre-med experience: My pre-med experience was quite fast paced. I took all my medical school prerequisites relatively early. I liked this, because my last three semesters in college I got to take classes I truly enjoyed. I volunteered at Ozone House as a crisis line volunteer, at Michigan Medicine, as well as an academic tutor for local underserved youth. I participated in numerous extracurricular activities related improving academic accessibility at the university and served as a SLC Course Leader for Chem 130 for two years.

Recommendations/advice for current students: If I had to give three pieces of advice regarding my pre-med experience at Michigan, it would be this: 1) It is totally okay to take a gap year, and in fact, I encourage it. If I had to go back and change anything, it would be to take a gap year. Not only do you have an extra year of experience to vouch for in your application, but it is often looked highly upon applicants to take a gap year. 2) Take the MCAT when you are truly ready! I rushed to take my MCAT because I felt I was on a strict timeline in order to apply on time. Although many medical schools will say that they look at your application holistically, (unfortunately, in my opinion), the MCAT will be weighed relatively heavily in your application. Of course, there are extenuating circumstances where this isn’t true. However, if you take the practice AAMC MCAT practice exams and are not scoring where you would like to see yourself scoring, WAIT. Study more, nail down your strategies, and take the MCAT when you get your goal score on the AAMC MCAT practice exams.

Classes:

 
1st year
2nd year
3rd year
4th year

Fall

  • CHEM 125/126
  • CHEM 130
  • HONORS 241 (Great Performances)
  • MATH 116
  • UC 280 (UROP)
  • BIOLOGY 225
  • BIOLOGY 226
  • CHEM 220 (SLC-related course)
  • PSYCH 230
  • WOMENSTD 220
  • HONORS 291 (research)
  • BIOLOGY 222
  • CHEM 230
  • SOC 302
  • MCDB 300 (research)
  • BIOLOGY 305
  • NEUROL 455
  • PUBHLTH 403
  • JAZZ 450 (meditation)
  • MCDB 400 (research)

Winter

  • ANTHRCUL 101 (Honors)
  • BIOLOGY 173 (ARC)
  • CHEM 210
  • CHEM 211
  • ENGLISH 140 (1st-year writing seminar)
  • UC 280 (UROP)
  • MCDB 310
  • PHYSICS 135
  • PHYSICS 136
  • PUBHLTH 310
  • STATS 250
  • MCDB 300 (research)
  • JAZZ 450 (meditation)
  • PSYCH 336
  • PSYCH 337
  • SOC 495 (Social Inequalities in Health)
  • MCDB 300 (research)
  • HUMGEN 480

Spring

  • CHEM 215
  • CHEM 216
  • PHYSICS 235
  • PHYSICS 236
   

 

Name: Kiran Ajani

 

 

 

   Major(s) and minor(s): Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience major, Religion minor

Favorite class you took at Michigan: ANATOMY 403: Although this class was worth every one of its 5 credits, it was so fascinating to learn about the body in this much detail. Since this course is offered through the medical school, it is a great introduction into what you will see and learn about when you are a medical student. It does take quite a bit of time to learn all the material, but I found it to be extremely relevant.

When/How did you study for the MCAT: Took TPR course, studied June through August

When did you take the MCAT: August of the summer before junior year (2017)

What was your pre-med experience: I had a very good experience at Michigan, in no small part due to the many pre-med (and non-pre-med) friends I met along the way. Pre-med courses at this university can be very difficult, but by taking advantage of SLC study groups and generally studying with friends, I was able to form a community and support network to help me through it. In addition, many of the professors for these courses are helpful and easy to talk to, whether you need help with the schoolwork or want to ask for a letter of recommendation.

Recommendations/advice for current students: Michigan has innumerable opportunities, both related to medicine and not – you can volunteer or work at the hospital, partake in all kinds of research, and join various student organizations. As much as you can, take advantage of these. Push yourself to find new activities that you find stimulating and educational, and pursue what you’re passionate about through these experiences. You have an exciting few years ahead of you, so make the most of them!

Classes:

  1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

Fall

  • GTBOOKS 191
  • CHEM 130
  • CHEM 125/126
  • STATS 250
  • PSYCH 250
  • CHEM 215
  • CHEM 216
  • PHYSICS 135
  • PHYSICS 136
  • PSYCH 230
  • BIOLOGY 200
  • BIOLOGY 225
  • BIOLOGY 226
  • CHEM 230
  • ASIAN 230
  • MCDB 300
  • MIDEAST 321
  • PSYCH 447
  • PSYCH 424

Winter

  • CHEM 210
  • CHEM 211
  • BIOLOGY 173
  • SOC 100
  • HISTORY 105
  • PHYSICS 235
  • PHYSICS 236
  • MCDB 310
  • PSYCH 240
  • WOMENSTD 220
  • BIOLOGY 200
  • ANATOMY 403
  • PSYCH 358
  • PSYCH 349
  • RELIGION 258
  • PSYCH 339
  • PSYCH 418
  • PSYCH 426