Wayfaring MD

I am a family medicine resident who likes to highlight the hilarious in medicine as I write about patients, medical school, residency, medical missions, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

HIPAA is for reals, folks. All of my "patient stories" have been changed to protect patient privacy. I will change any or all identifiers, including age, location, race/ethnicity, sex, medical history, and quotes. Also, I am an anonymous internet person. Why should you trust an anonymous internet person to give you medical advice? Don't ask me, ask your doctor!
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Asker justwhoiamx3 Asks:
How did you know what University you wanted to got? I have to start choosing my colleges now and I dont know where I want to apply. I want to know what help you make your decision?
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

Hmm, I searched for colleges the same way I searched for residency programs. I started out by googling colleges that were nearby or  places I thought I might be interested in based on pamphlets and e-mails they had sent me. 


Another good starting point would be to talk to your school’s guidance counselor or about what you might be interested in majoring in, and they can probably suggest some schools with good programs that would be right for you.


After I had a list of about 10 schools, I made a huge chart that contained each school and their major stats along with personal pros and cons about the schools or the cities they were in. 

Then I went and visited a few colleges that were within 4-5 hours driving distance from my hometown. That’s where I really decided which place I liked best. I went to one school that was my #1 on paper, and then totally hated it when I visited. Another school that was farther down my list, like number 4 or 5, ended up being my favorite. I got tons of scholarship money for that school, and since I applied early admission and got in very early, it ended up being the only place I applied to.


P.S. If you’re interested in medical school, try searching for some universities that have medical schools affiliated with them. It’s never too early to start building a name for yourself with med schools. 

Good luck in your college hunting!

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