As a premedical student in college, I remember my summers being full of so much rich experience that I wasn’t able to get during the school year. Although it may be tempting to simply relax and hang out the entire summer, the couple of months is a great time to be semi-productive and explore what drives you in a potential career in medicine. Here are some things to consider when planning out your summer!
- Figure out if you want to do something more clinically oriented or non-clinically oriented: It makes no sense to do something you’re totally not interested in. So, find something that you want to do and pursue it! If it doesn’t work out, make a back up plan with another something that you are equally interested in!
- Look online for national programs: When I was in college, I knew that I wanted to get more involved in research and I also wanted to travel somewhere new. I could have done research at my school, but I wanted to branch out. Consequently, I applied to 20-40 programs for each summer and was lucky enough to be accepted. I got to explore Boston while trying out some new research projects. Moreover, I earned a stipend and was able to present my work to top-notch researchers.
- Find ways to continue whatever you do in the summer during the actual school year: A continuation of a summer project or summer experience, whether it’s a research project, a volunteer experience, or internship, is a great way to show medical schools that you are committed and passionate in whatever that defines you. It’s also a great way to connect to mentors.