Should I still try to be a doctor? I just got into university and I’ve always had an interest for medicine. However, I don’t do that well in math.

I go to a very competitive school in the aspect of biology and STEM majors in general. I don’t want to give my dream of medicine up but I know that I’m not the strongest in math. Also, in my science classes, I’m the “best” either, I’m more so just okay. I just get very worried about my ability to perform well in class and even on the MCAT.

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Hi AshlynB,

I had very similar concerns in my pursuit of a medical career. To tell you a bit about myself, I was a Biology major in undergrad and also an athlete for a division 1 university. I had tremendous difficulty keeping my grades up and became very discouraged when I wasn’t understanding or doing well in my upper division classes. I ended up graduating with a 2.98, which made it nearly impossible to achieve my dream of getting into medical school. I took two years off of school and tried to find my way in the world, but I kept coming back to medicine. It was truly the only passion I wanted to pursue. Even though I was apprehensive at the start, I ended up applying to a post-baccalaureate program. Did I have the same fear that I still wouldn’t be good enough and that I wouldn’t be able to pass the tough classes (32 credits of upper-division bio over two semesters)? Definitely. However, I knew I had to try. I was hyper-focused on my classes for the entire year, worked my butt off, and ended up finishing with a 4.0! I am starting medical school in August:)

I tell you all of this because I believe if you have a passion for something, you should absolutely pursue it with everything you have. For my post-bacc year, I refused to let the thoughts of “I’m not good enough” ever creep into my mind. I told myself that there is nothing that I cannot learn. If others in my class can do it, so can I. I empathize with your situation, but I encourage you not to give up! The things worth having in life don’t come easy, but they are worth the struggle! Find study buddies, get multiple tutors, go to office hours, skip the netflix show, and prove to yourself that you what it takes! We all have it in us and you surely do as well!

I wish you the best of luck!! You got dis 🙂

Newbie Answered on April 6, 2019.
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