theartofmedschool asked: Hi there! I noticed you said your major in undergrad was photography... I'm about to start med school in 6 weeks and my premed majors were sociology and international politics. I am feeling extremely nervous because most people I know in my cohort come from biomed degrees. Anyway, my question to you is how did you find first year given your non-traditional background? Did you find your classmates knew a lot more than you? Did it help in any way? Sorry if this has already been asked!
Mostly when I started I found the fellow weirdos first year we were all like:
The only first year class that might be affected is histology- a lot of my classmates had histology in undergrad. Some of them found this background helpful, some did not.
Med school is a whole different animal than undergrad- they’ll sum up a whole semester of undergrad microbiology in a lecture or two. It’s a crazy fast pace with way more information that you ever expected you’d be able to learn (you’ll get most of it!). Everyone hits the ground in the same place first year, and the hardest part is adapting- regardless of what your major in undergrad was. The best thing my non-traditional major gave me was a broader undergrad experience and funny stories and wonderful friends. But, if you really love biology or chemistry or whatever, go for it!
The point of undergrad is to have fun and learn about yourself.