You are your own competition, not your classmates.

If you are a biology/ pre-med/ pre-health major, you’ve probably noticed there’s a lot of competition.

Please note: Seemingly, competition.  If we’re being honest, your peers and colleagues are not your competition. You should be your own competition. Everybody wants to become a doctor. So many of our pre-med colleagues try to psyche us out and tell us about their stats, grades, research, and extracurriculars.

Unless these people have been acquainted with, related to or have some “in” with the admissions director or the medical school application administrator, their “competitive edge” doesn’t matter. Even if they do have those connections, it doesn’t matter! That’s because you’re you and that’s your undeniable gift.

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Learn to exist above the noise

Ever heard that the loudest person in the room is the weakest one? People who are truly confident and secure don’t have to speak about their successes. True confidence emits a light that follows your presence in silence.

The only competition is yourself. Always try to reinvent yourself to be better than you were last time. Try to get the highest grade, much higher than the previous exam grade.  If you want to take more challenging courses, you can diversify yourself to stand out on your application.  Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Like my elementary school teacher once said, keep your eyes on your own paper.

I’ll leave you here with a fitting Dr. Seuss quote:

“Today You are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

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