Planning for a career in medicine can feel like a never ending journey of education. There is high school, college, medical school, residency and finally a chance to work. But each stage has so many
Planning for a career in medicine can feel like a never ending journey of education. There is high school, college, medical school, residency and finally a chance to work. But each stage has so many pitfalls.
My experience taught me that where I went to college was probably the biggest decision I made. And I am glad I made the right one. I chose to attend Duke University for my undergraduate degree. Here is why.
Not only is Duke a top quality school that consistently gets up there on college rankings, but its medical department is one that cannot be ignored. I knew that I wanted to go into medicine for my career.
I knew my education path, college then medical school. And while going to Duke undergrad is no guarantee of getting into their medical school, it does help. And it certainly helped me.
The Journey to Duke Medical School
The Duke University School of Medicine is one of the best in the country. And from the moment I got started there as an undergrad, I had an inside track.
I was speaking with professors in undergrad who knew their counterparts at the School of Medicine. I got to talk with juniors and seniors (as a freshman) who were applying to med schools, and I saw the journey of those who did manage to get into Duke Medical School as well as those who did not.
All those experiences showed me what I needed to do in order to get into Duke University School of Medicine. It is why I believe that I made the right decision in attending Duke for undergrad.
A Set Career Path
In some ways, choosing Duke for undergrad was not only about making it easier for me to get into their medical school. I was also preparing for my career. I knew that Duke University Health System is one of the top health systems in the country.
By being in the area, I knew that I would be at an advantage over those who were applying from around the country. If I could maintain my grades and make the right connections, getting a job at Duke Health was not out of the question.
It also allowed me to settle in the area.
A Fun and Predictable Journey
The journey from the first day of college to graduating from medical school is a long, arduous one. There are no two ways about it.
Being able to stay in the same area for all these years felt incredible. I made friends my first year at Duke who I am still close with. I managed to add so much stability to my life, which helped me stay on track with my classes, exams and research assignments.
If you are a high school student considering Duke, and you want to go into medicine, I strongly encourage you to attend.
It is the best decision I ever made. And I am sure it would be the same for you.